Famous Faces on Cheyne Walk, Chelsea 4) Bram Stoker
Yet another famous resident on Cheyne Walk is Bram Stoker. The Irish author best-known today for his 1897 Gothic horror novel Dracula, spent time living at number 27.
Stoker moved to London in 1878 with his wife where he became business manager of his friend Henry Irving’s Lyceum Theatre, a post he held for 27 years. During his lifetime he was better known for being Irving’s personal assistant, and at the time, he subsidised his earnings by writing short stories such as Dracula.
When the census of 1881 was taken, Bram Stoker was living at number 27 Cheyne Walk with his family that consisted of himself, his wife, his son, his younger brother and three servants.
An interesting story relates to the time Stoker resided at his Cheyne Walk home. According to the Royal Borough of Kensington government, while he was walking along the Embankment he witnessed a man falling into the river. He rushed to the rescue and took the drowning man to his house, laying him out on the kitchen table where he passed away. His wife Florence, who previously datedOscar Wilde, was not amused.