Bramerton Street has several strong historical resonances in the human and social narrative of Chelsea.
It runs from Glebe Place to the King’s Road and has always been a densely populated residential street consisting of three and two storey terraced Victorian houses with basements which is where the servants would be living in times past.
In LGBTQIA history it had the iconic entrance to the legendary Gateways Club, run from the basement of a building fronting the King’s Road, which during the 20th century was a meeting place for gay women and refuge and liberation from the prejudice and discrimination homosexual women had to deal with.
The club’s importance in cultural history has been extensively and impressively researched and written about in Jill Gardiner’s book From The Closet To The Screen: Women At The Gateways Club 1945-85.
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