Chelsea Waterworks, near the Thames, at Chelsea, were constructed in 1724. The charter of incorporation is dated March 8th, 1722-3. It would appear, however, that there were waterworks at Chelsea before the incorporation of the present company.
“May 20, 1696. – I made my Lord Cheney a visit at Chelsea, and saw those ingenious water-works invented by Mr. Winstanley [architect of the Eddystone Lighthouse], wherein were some things very surprising and extraordinary. “ – Evelyn, ii. 55.
Source: A Handbook for London, Past and Present. Peter Cunningham. Published by John Murray 1849.