National Geographic : 1972 Jan
ILTING STRAINS of the classics, played by music students, compete with the hubbub of an art show (right) at the King's Road and Royal Avenue. Stately Georgian houses on Royal lead to Burton's Court, where the first German bomb hit Chelsea in 1940. The bomb was a dud, and Chelseans charged sixpence for a look - proceeds going to a patriotic fund. STAR-IN-RESIDENCE for 50 of her 89 years, Chelsea actress Dame Sybil Thorndike (above) still occasionally performs. Playwright George Bernard Shaw, whose numerous openings at the Royal Court Theatre invested the Chelsea playhouse with new life, created the title role of Saint Joan for Dame Sybil. RESURRECTED from the rubble left by World War II, Chelsea Old Church rises beyond a statue of its most famous parishioner, Sir Thomas More (right). Dating from the 13th century, the church contains More's tomb; whether his decapitated body reposes there remains a mystery.