The place where Chelsea Pensioners live

Pretty much unchanged since Sir Christopher Wren designed them at the end of the 17th Century, the Long Wards – home to the Chelsea Pensioners – are getting a makeover.

The small wooden rooms – measuring 9 x 9ft – are being modernised and getting bigger. The distinctive wood panelling will remain, but residents will enjoy the luxury of en suite facilities and direct daylight.

Take a tour of the old rooms – and see how they will look in future.

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All images subject to copyright. Archive images courtesy Royal Hospital Chelsea and Getty Images.

Production by Paul Kerley. Publication date 8 April 2014.

Read the full piece on BBC News


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