History of Wright’s Dairy, Chelsea
Chelsea sometimes gets described as a ‘village’ and if you know where to look you can certainly find some nice historic reminders.
If you look up along the King’s Road in Chelsea you can spot some cows heads staring back at you. So what’s the history?
Founded in 1796, Wright’s Dairy was one of the first in Chelsea, established on the site known as Cook’s Ground which can be seen on the 1746 John Rocque map below.
Looking at the rural surroundings above, it’s not too much of a stretch to imagine the reported 50 cows who grazed on the land.
You can still see the name of Cook’s Ground on the 1828 C and J Greenwood map but today the streets are called Glebe Place, Glebe referring to land owned by the church.
As Chelsea developed Wright’s Dairy moved their headquarters to Church Street (now Old Church Street) and you can see the early 20th century buildings
They are covered with fabulous tiled details which are worth a closer look
Look up and you can also see a magnificent cow head on the building fronting Old Church Street.
As well as the red brick extension.
There’s a few more of these to spot along the King’s Road. This one below is at 69 King’s Road and remembers another shop.
You can also find another cow’s head at 352 King’s Road.
Wright’s Dairy was bought by United Daries which subsequently became part of Unigate in 1959, now part of the Irish conglomerate Greencore.
Intriguingly, the courtyard building had a second life as a recording studio in the 1960s. Bought by two sound engineers Geoff Frost and John Wood, they chose the former dairy because its slate-lined walls would act as a nice bit of up cycled sound-proofing.
When they opened in 1964 as Sound Techniques Ltd they enjoyed success with visits from Pink Floyd, T-Rex, Elton John and The Who! You can read more about it here.
Today, perhaps inevitably, it’s been split into various flats worth a few million each.
Chelsea’s full of little wonders and one of the most unusual is the Moravian Burial Ground. Read more here.
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