Kamballa Road, SW11

Road in/near Battersea, existed between 1882 and 1971

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Kamballa Road, SW11

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Kamballa Road ran from Natal Road to Falcon Road.

Alfred Heaver bought the land here in 1879 becoming part of the Falcon Park estate. Surveyor W. C. Poole planned the area, continuing Mantua Street eastwards. Two new streets, Heaver Road and Musjid Road were set out running between Natal Road and Falcon Road.

Kambala Road was built when in 1882 Alfred Heaver obtained building rights over a narrow market-garden field which lay south of the Prince’s Head and which had a house called Falcon House on it. The field had been leased in the 1850s to William Watling who had promised to build on it but instead rented out Falcon House and let the lands at the back for a piggery and cowsheds.

Watling’s grandson, John Stephens, acquired the freehold in 1880 just before he died. The leases for houses on
Kamballa Road houses were mostly giving out by his widow Emily Louise Stephens.

Between Kamballa and Musjid Roads, Arding and Hobbs had a warehouse and there were workshops for Munt Brothers.

Residential between 1882 and the second world war, the area was bombed and was undeveloped in 1971 when plans for a new estate which would be built over the old streets was mooted.


Main source: Bartlett: North of Clapham Junction
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Cologne Road, SW11 Cologne Road is one of the streets of London in the SW11 postal area.
Comyn Road, SW11 Comyn Road is one of the streets of London in the SW11 postal area.
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Cotton Row, SW11 Cotton Row is one of the streets of London in the SW11 postal area.
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Crombie Mews, SW11 A street within the SW11 postcode
Danvers Avenue, SW11 A street within the SW11 postcode
Danvers Street, SW3 Danvers Street is a road in the SW3 postcode area
Darien Road, SW11 Darien Road is one of the streets of London in the SW11 postal area.
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Fairchild Close, SW11 Fairchild Close is a housing development between Wye Street and York Road on the former sites of Lithgow Street and Tibet Street.
Falcon Grove, SW11 Falcon Grove is a road in the SW11 postcode area
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Fenner Square, SW11 A street within the SW11 postcode
Flat 2 Orbis Wharf Bridges Court Road, SW11 A street within the SW11 postcode
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Fownes Street, SW11 Fownes Street is a road in the SW11 postcode area
Frere Street, SW11 Frere Street is one of the streets of London in the SW11 postal area.
Ganley Road, SW11 Ganley Road is a road in the SW11 postcode area
Granfield Street, SW11 A street within the SW11 postcode
Grant Road, SW11 Grant Road is one of the streets of London in the SW11 postal area.
Great Eastern Wharf, SW11 Great Eastern Wharf is one of the streets of London in the SW11 postal area.
Groveside Court, SW11 A street within the SW11 postcode
Gwynne Road, SW11 Gwynne Road is one of the streets of London in the SW11 postal area.
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Henning Street, SW11 Henning Street is a road in the SW11 postcode area
Henty Close, SW11 A street within the SW11 postcode
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Holman Road, SW11 A street within the SW11 postcode
Home Road, SW11 Home Road is one of the streets of London in the SW11 postal area.
Hope Street, SW11 Hope Street is a road in the SW11 postcode area
Hotel Verta, SW11 A street within the SW11 postcode
Howie Street, SW11 Howie Street is one of the streets of London in the SW11 postal area.
Hyde Lane, SW11 Hyde Lane is a road in the SW11 postcode area
Ilminster Gardens, SW11 Ilminster Gardens is one of the streets of London in the SW11 postal area.
Ingrave Street, SW11 Ingrave Street runs west from Falcon Road.
Ingravenue Street, SW11 A street within the SW11 postcode
Inworth Street, SW11 Inworth Street is one of the streets of London in the SW11 postal area.
Inworth Walk, N1 A street within the SW11 postcode
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Jansen Walk, SW11 A street within the SW11 postcode
John Parker Square, SW11 A street within the SW11 postcode
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Junction Approach, SW11 Junction Approach is a road in the SW11 postcode area
Kambala Road, SW11 Kambala Road lies along the line of a former street called Natal Road.
Kennet Close, SW11 Kennet Close is one of the streets of London in the SW11 postal area.
Kerrison Road, SW11 A street within the SW11 postcode
Khyber Road, SW11 This is a street in the SW11 postcode area
Kiloh Court, SW11 Kiloh Court is one of the streets of London in the SW11 postal area.
Kingswater Place, SW11 A street within the SW11 postcode
Kite Yard, SW11 Kite Yard is one of the streets of London in the SW11 postal area.
Lamont Road, SW10 Lamont Road is one of the streets of London in the SW10 postal area.
Lansdowne House 3-7, SW11 A street within the SW11 postcode
Lavendar Hill, SW11 A street within the SW11 postcode
Lavender Road, SW11 Lavender Road is one of the streets of London in the SW11 postal area.
Livingstone Road, SW11 Livingstone Road is a road in the SW11 postcode area
Lombard Road, SW11 Lombard Road is one of the streets of London in the SW11 postal area.
Lombaroad Road, SW11 A street within the SW11 postcode
Lothair Street, SW11 Lothair Street is one of the streets of London in the SW11 postal area.
Louvaine Road, SW11 Louvaine Road is a road in the SW11 postcode area
Mantua Street, SW11 Mantua Street started its story in the 1860s.
Marcilly Road, SW18 Marcilly Road is a road in the SW18 postcode area
Maskelyne Close, SW11 Maskelyne Close is a road in the SW11 postcode area
Maysoule Road, SW11 The Rev. Israel May Soule was, from 1838, Minister of the Baptist Chapel in Battersea
McDermott Close, SW11 McDermott Close is a road in the SW11 postcode area
Mckiernan Court, SW11 A street within the SW11 postcode
Meyrick Road, SW11 Meyrick Road is a road in the SW11 postcode area
Milmans Street, SW10 Milmans Street is a road in the SW10 postcode area
Molasses Row, SW11 Molasses Row is one of the streets of London in the SW11 postal area.
Monarch Square, SW11 A street within the SW11 postcode
Moravian Place, SW10 Moravian Place is a road in the SW10 postcode area
Mossbury Road, SW11 Mossbury Road is one of the streets of London in the SW11 postal area.
Musjid Road, SW11 Musjid Road is a shadow of its former self.
Nepaul Road, SW11 A street within the SW11 postcode
Newcomen Road, SW11 Newcomen Road is a road in the SW11 postcode area
North Side Wandsworth Common, SW18 North Side Wandsworth Common is one of the streets of London in the SW18 postal area.
Oberstein Road, SW11 This is a street in the SW11 postcode area
Octavia Street, SW11 Octavia Street is a road in the SW11 postcode area
Old Garden House, SW11 A street within the SW11 postcode
Old School House, SW11 A street within the SW11 postcode
Orbel Street, SW11 Orbel Street is one of the streets of London in the SW11 postal area.
Orbis Wharf Bridges Court Road, SW11 A street within the SW11 postcode
Orville Road, SW11 Orville Road is a road in the SW11 postcode area
Oyster Wharf, SW11 A street within the SW11 postcode
Park South, SW11 Park South is one of the streets of London in the SW11 postal area.
Parkgate Road, SW11 Parkgate Road is one of the streets of London in the SW11 postal area.
Parkham Street, SW11 Parkham Street is a road in the SW11 postcode area
Patience Road, SW11 Patience Road is one of the streets of London in the SW11 postal area.
Paveley Drive, SW11 Paveley Drive is one of the streets of London in the SW11 postal area.
Peabody Estate, SW11 Peabody Estate is one of the streets of London in the SW11 postal area.
Pembrook Mews, SW11 Pembrook Mews is a road in the SW11 postcode area
Petyt Place, SW3 Petyt Place is a road in the SW3 postcode area
Plantation Wharf, SW11 Plantation Wharf is one of the streets of London in the SW11 postal area.
Plough Road, SW11 Plough Road is one of the streets of London in the SW11 postal area.
Plough Terrace, SW11 Plough Terrace is a road in the SW11 postcode area
Port House Square Rigger Row, SW11 A street within the SW11 postcode
Port House, SW11 A street within the SW11 postcode
Prested Road, SW11 Prested Road is a road in the SW11 postcode area
Radstock Street, SW11 Radstock Street is one of the streets of London in the SW11 postal area.
Railway Arches, SW11 Railway Arches is one of the streets of London in the SW11 postal area.
Rainsome Dock, SW11 Rainsome Dock is one of the streets of London in the SW11 postal area.
Randall Close, SW11 Randall Close is one of the streets of London in the SW11 postal area.
Ransomes Dock Business Centre 35-37, SW11 A street within the SW11 postcode
Ransomes Dock Business Centre, SW11 A street within the SW11 postcode
Ransomes Dock, Parkgate Road, SW11 A street within the SW11 postcode
Ransomes Dock, SW11 Ransomes Dock is one of the streets of London in the SW11 postal area.
Ransomes Mews Great Eastern Wharf, SW11 Ransomes Mews Great Eastern Wharf is one of the streets of London in the SW11 postal area.
Restoration Square, SW11 A street within the SW11 postcode
Riley Street, SW10 Riley Street is a road in the SW10 postcode area
Riverside Albert Wharf, SW11 Riverside Albert Wharf is one of the streets of London in the SW11 postal area.
Riverside Plaza, SW11 Riverside Plaza is a road in the SW11 postcode area
Riverside, SW11 A street within the SW11 postcode
Rochelle Close, SW11 Rochelle Close is a road in the SW11 postcode area
Rowena Crescent, SW11 Rowena Crescent was once called Zulu Crescent.
Saint John’s Hill Grove, SW11 This is a street in the SW11 postcode area
Saint John’s Hill, SW11 Saint John’s Hill is a road in the SW11 postcode area
Saint John’s Road, SW11 Saint John’s Road is a road in the SW11 postcode area
Sanctuary Apartments, SW11 A street within the SW11 postcode
Sangora Road, SW11 Sangora Road is a road in the SW11 postcode area
Searles Close, SW11 Searles Close is one of the streets of London in the SW11 postal area.
Sesame Apartments, SW11 A street within the SW11 postcode
Severus Road, SW11 Severus Road is a road in the SW11 postcode area
Shalcomb Street, SW10 Shalcomb Street is one of the streets of London in the SW10 postal area.
Sherwood Court, SW11 Sherwood Court is one of the streets of London in the SW11 postal area.
Shuttleworth Road, SW11 Shuttleworth Road is one of the streets of London in the SW11 postal area.
Simpson Street, SW11 Simpson Street is a road in the SW11 postcode area
South Bank Business Centre, SW11 South Bank Business Centre is one of the streets of London in the SW11 postal area.
Southbank Business Centre, SW11 Southbank Business Centre is one of the streets of London in the SW11 postal area.
Spencer Park, SW18 This is an article about Spencer Park, SW18.
Spencer Road, SW11 Spencer Road is a road in the SW11 postcode area
Spencer Road, SW18 Spencer Road is one of the streets of London in the SW18 postal area.
Spice Court, SW11 Spice Court is one of the streets of London in the SW11 postal area.
Square Rigger Row, SW11 Square Rigger Row is one of the streets of London in the SW11 postal area.
St Johns Hill Grove, SW11 St Johns Hill Grove is one of the streets of London in the SW11 postal area.
St Johns Hill, SW11 St Johns Hill is one of the streets of London in the SW11 postal area.
St Johns Road, SW11 St Johns Road, formerly a main road, is now pedestrianised.
St Johns Roadclapham, SW11 St Johns Roadclapham is one of the streets of London in the SW11 postal area.
St. John’s Hill, SW11 A street within the SW11 postcode
St. John’s Road, SW11 St. John’s Road is a road in the SW11 postcode area
Stadium Street, SW10 Stadium Street is one of the streets of London in the SW10 postal area.
Stanmer Street, SW11 Stanmer Street is one of the streets of London in the SW11 postal area.
Strath Terrace, SW11 Strath Terrace is a road in the SW11 postcode area
Strathblaine Road, SW11 Strathblaine Road is a road in the SW11 postcode area
Street John’s Hill, SW11 A street within the SW11 postcode
Street Johns Hill, SW11 A street within the SW11 postcode
Sullivan Close, SW11 Sullivan Close is a road in the SW11 postcode area
Sunbury Lane, SW11 Sunbury Lane is one of the streets of London in the SW11 postal area.
Surrey Lane Estate, SW11 A street within the SW11 postcode
Surrey Lane, SW11 Surrey Lane is one of the streets of London in the SW11 postal area.
Takhar Mews, SW11 Takhar Mews is a road in the SW11 postcode area
Thames Towpath, SW10 Thames Towpath is a road in the SW10 postcode area
The Courtyard, SW11 A street within the SW11 postcode
The Junction Centre, SW11 The Junction Centre is one of the streets of London in the SW11 postal area.
The Junction Shopping Centre, SW11 A street within the SW11 postcode
The Lanterns, SW11 A street within the SW11 postcode
The Old Laundry Alexander Studios, SW11 The Old Laundry Alexander Studios is one of the streets of London in the SW11 postal area.
The Old Laundry, SW11 A street within the SW11 postcode
The Parade, SW11 The Parade is one of the streets of London in the SW11 postal area.
The Parkgate Road, SW11 The Parkgate Road is one of the streets of London in the SW11 postal area.
The Quad, SW11 A street within the SW11 postcode
The Raven, SW11 The Raven is one of the streets of London in the SW11 postal area.
Thomas Baines Road, SW11 Thomas Baines Road is one of the streets of London in the SW11 postal area.
Thorney Crescent, SW11 Thorney Crescent is one of the streets of London in the SW11 postal area.
Tours Passage, SW11 Tours Passage is a road in the SW11 postcode area
Trott Street, SW11 Trott Street is a road in the SW11 postcode area
Turner Place, SW11 A street within the SW11 postcode
Tyneham Close, SW11 A street within the SW11 postcode
Ursula Street, SW11 Ursula Street is a road in the SW11 postcode area
Vardens Road, SW11 Vardens Road is one of the streets of London in the SW11 postal area.
Vicarage Cres, SW11 A street within the SW11 postcode
Vicarage Crescent, SW11 Vicarage Crescent is one of the streets of London in the SW11 postal area.
Vicarage Walk, SW11 Vicarage Walk is a road in the SW11 postcode area
Wallis Close, SW11 A street within the SW11 postcode
Wandsworth Common North Side, SW18 Wandsworth Common North Side is one of the streets of London in the SW18 postal area.
Waterfront House, SW11 A street within the SW11 postcode
Watford Close, SW11 Watford Close is a small street on the Ethelburga Estate.
Wayford Street, SW11 A street within the SW11 postcode
Weekley Square, SW11 A street within the SW11 postcode
Wellington Court, SW11 Wellington Court is one of the streets of London in the SW11 postal area.
Westbridge Road, SW11 Westbridge Road is one of the streets of London in the SW11 postal area.
Whistlers Avenue, SW11 Whistlers Avenue is one of the streets of London in the SW11 postal area.
Winders Road, SW11 Winders Road runs from Shuttleworth Road to Battersea Park Road.
Windrush Close, SW11 A street within the SW11 postcode
Winstanley Estate, SW11 Winstanley Estate is one of the streets of London in the SW11 postal area.
Winstanley Road, SW11 Winstanley Road is one of the streets of London in the SW11 postal area.
Wolftencroft Close, SW11 Wolftencroft Close is a road in the SW11 postcode area
World’s End Passage, SW10 World’s End Passage is a road in the SW10 postcode area
Worlds End Place, SW10 Worlds End Place is one of the streets of London in the SW10 postal area.
Wye Street, SW11 Wye Street is one of the streets of London in the SW11 postal area.
Yelverton Road, SW11 Yelverton Road is one of the streets of London in the SW11 postal area.
York Place, SW11 York Place is a road in the SW11 postcode area
York Road, SW11 York Road is one of the streets of London in the SW11 postal area.
Zulu Mews, SW11 Zulu Mews lies within the curve of a Battersea railway.


Battersea

Battersea is an area of the London Borough of Wandsworth, England. It is an inner-city district on the south side of the River Thames.

Battersea covers quite a wide area - it spans from Fairfield in the west to Queenstown in the east. Battersea is mentioned in Anglo-Saxon times as Badrices ieg = Badric's Island.

Although in modern times it is known mostly for its wealth, Battersea remains characterised by economic inequality, with council estates being surrounded by more prosperous areas.

Battersea was an island settlement established in the river delta of the Falconbrook; a river that rises in Tooting Bec Common and flowed through south London to the River Thames.

As with many former Thames island settlements, Battersea was reclaimed by draining marshland and building culverts for streams.

Before the Industrial Revolution, much of the area was farmland, providing food for the City of London and surrounding population centres; and with particular specialisms, such as growing lavender on Lavender Hill, asparagus (sold as 'Battersea Bundles') or pig breeding on Pig Hill (later the site of the Shaftesbury Park Estate).

At the end of the 18th century, above 300 acres of land in the parish of Battersea were occupied by some 20 market gardeners, who rented from five to near 60 acres each.

Villages in the wider area - Battersea, Wandsworth, Earlsfield (hamlet of Garratt), Tooting, Balham - were isolated one from another; and throughout the second half of the second millennium, the wealthy built their country retreats in Battersea and neighbouring areas.

Industry developed eastwards along the bank of the Thames during the industrial revolution from 1750s onwards; the Thames provided water for transport, for steam engines and for water-intensive industrial processes. Bridges erected across the Thames encouraged growth; Battersea Bridge was built in 1771. Inland from the river, the rural agricultural community persisted.

Battersea was radically altered by the coming of railways. The London and Southampton Railway Company was the first to drive a railway line from east to west through Battersea, in 1838, terminating at Nine Elms at the north west tip of the area. Over the next 22 years five other lines were built, across which all trains from Waterloo Station and Victoria Station ran. An interchange station was built in 1863 towards the north west of the area, at a junction of the railway. Taking the name of a fashionable village a mile and more away, the station was named Clapham Junction.

During the latter decades of the nineteenth century Battersea had developed into a major town railway centre with two locomotive works at Nine Elms and Longhedge and three important motive power depots (Nine Elms, Stewarts Lane and Battersea) all situated within a relatively small area in the north of the district.

A population of 6000 people in 1840 was increased to 168 000 by 1910; and save for the green spaces of Battersea Park, Clapham Common, Wandsworth Common and some smaller isolated pockets, all other farmland was built over, with, from north to south, industrial buildings and vast railway sheds and sidings (much of which remain), slum housing for workers, especially north of the main east–west railway, and gradually more genteel residential terraced housing further south.

The railway station encouraged local government to site its buildings - the town hall, library, police station, court and post office in the area surrounding Clapham Junction.

All this building around the station marginalised Battersea High Street (the main street of the original village) into no more than an extension of Falcon Road.
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