How a view beloved by Henry VIII could thwart new Chelsea owners’ plans to redevelop Stamford Bridge – The Athletic

The first thing that strikes you is the panorama stretching far west across Richmond Park and the River Thames to Ham House, Eel Pie Island, Pope’s Grotto, Kneller Hall and Windsor Castle faintly crowning the horizon. That the telescope is in the middle of the clearing points to the east seems inappropriate. The view in this way must surely be obscured by the holly trees that encircle the crest of King Henry’s Mound, and beyond that by Sidmouth Wood, a copse as dense as any in this corner of the royal park.

The arbor in this section of foliage feels similarly odd, but any compass-like arrows carved into the lookout’s floor require you to aim the glass in that direction. So you obey and once the eye adjusts, the cut catches your eye. A narrow avenue has been cut from the branches of the thicket, stretching from the gates of the way across the Queen’s Road.

And there, nestled in a keyhole of light, with its dome gleaming in the sunshine, is St. Paul’s Cathedral.

The Landmark stands atop Ludgate Hill, 10 miles away, right in the heart of the bustling city, a world away from the birdsong and tranquility of the gardens. But from here the view of Sir Christopher Wren’s masterpiece is clear. Impossibly clear. Nice and precise. Immaculately framed.

It takes a while to tear your eyes away from the familiar drum colonnade and rotunda, a vision of shimmering white. There’s the inevitable muttered curse that the backdrop has been infiltrated by the hull of a high-rise recently built even further east in Stratford, having taken advantage of a now-closed loophole in state building permits. But for this viewer, the foreground is of particular interest.

There, visible just above the tree line, the triangular truss juts out from the roof of Stamford Bridge’s West Stand. At 49

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