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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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Lived here
   
Added: 1 May 2021 16:46 GMT   

Cheyne Place, SW3
Frances Faviell, author of the Blitz memoir, "A Chelsea Concerto", lived at 33, Cheyne Place, which was destroyed by a bomb. She survived, with her husband and unborn baby.

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Born here
Joyce Taylor   
Added: 5 Apr 2021 21:05 GMT   

Lavender Road, SW11
MyFather and Grand father lived at 100 Lavender Road many years .I was born here.

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Peter H Davies   
Added: 17 Jun 2021 09:33 GMT   

Ethelburga Estate
The Ethelburga Estate - named after Ethelburga Road - was an LCC development dating between 1963–65. According to the Wikipedia, it has a "pleasant knitting together of a series of internal squares". I have to add that it’s extremely dull :)

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old lady   
Added: 19 Jul 2021 11:58 GMT   

mis information
Cheltenham road was originally
Hall road not Hill rd
original street name printed on house still standing

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Patricia Bridges   
Added: 19 Jul 2021 10:57 GMT   

Lancefield Coachworks
My grandfather Tom Murray worked here

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Former Philbeach Gardens Resident   
Added: 14 Jul 2021 00:44 GMT   

Philbeach Gardens Resident (Al Stewart)
Al Stewart, who had huts in the 70s with the sings ’Year of the Cat’ and ’On The Borders’, lived in Philbeach Gdns for a while and referenced Earl’s Court in a couple of his songs.
I lived in Philbeach Gardens from a child until my late teens. For a few years, on one evening in the midst of Summer, you could hear Al Stewart songs ringing out across Philbeach Gardens, particularly from his album ’Time Passages". I don’t think Al was living there at the time but perhaps he came back to see some pals. Or perhaps the broadcasters were just his fans,like me.
Either way, it was a wonderful treat to hear!

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David James Bloomfield   
Added: 13 Jul 2021 11:54 GMT   

Hurstway Street, W10
Jimmy Bloomfield who played for Arsenal in the 1950s was brought up on this street. He was a QPR supporter as a child, as many locals would be at the time, as a teen he was rejected by them as being too small. They’d made a mistake

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Added: 6 Jul 2021 05:38 GMT   

Wren Road in the 1950s and 60s
Living in Grove Lane I knew Wren Road; my grandfather’s bank, Lloyds, was on the corner; the Scout District had their office in the Congregational Church and the entrance to the back of the Police station with the stables and horses was off it. Now very changed - smile.

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fariba   
Added: 28 Jun 2021 00:48 GMT   

Tower Bridge Business Complex, S
need for my coursework

Source: university

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Kim Johnson   
Added: 24 Jun 2021 19:17 GMT   

Limehouse Causeway (1908)
My great grandparents were the first to live in 15 Tomlins Terrace, then my grandparents and parents after marriage. I spent the first two years of my life there. My nan and her family lived at number 13 Tomlins Terrace. My maternal grandmother lived in Maroon house, Blount Street with my uncle. Nan, my mum and her brothers were bombed out three times during the war.

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Norman Norrington   
Added: 8 Jun 2021 08:08 GMT   

Blechynden Street, W10
Lived here #40 1942-1967

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THE STREETS OF BATTERSEA
Abercrombie Street, SW11 Abercrombie Street is one of the streets of London in the SW11 postal area.
Albert Palace Mansions, SW11 Albert Palace Mansions was built on the site of Albert Palace, a splendid glass pavilion reminiscent of the Crystal Palace in Hyde Park.
Albion Riverside Building, SW11 A street within the SW11 postcode
Althorpe Mews, SW11 Althorpe Mews is a road in the SW11 postcode area
Ambrose Mews, SW11 A street within the SW11 postcode
Anerley Street, SW11 Anerley Street is a road in the SW11 postcode area
Anhalt Road, SW11 Anhalt Road is one of the streets of London in the SW11 postal area.
Archer House, SW11 A street within the SW11 postcode
Ascensis Tower, SW18 Ascensis Tower is a tower block beside Wandsworth Bridge.
Atherton Street, SW11 Atherton Street is one of the streets of London in the SW11 postal area.
Austin Road, SW11 Austin Road is one of the streets of London in the SW11 postal area.
Baltimore House, SW18 A street within the SW18 postcode
Batten Street, SW11 Batten Street is one of the streets of London in the SW11 postal area.
Battersea Bridge Road, SW11 The laying out of Battersea Bridge Road took place in several phases between the 1770s and 1850s.
Battersea Bridge, SW11 Battersea Bridge connects Battersea and Chelsea with the first bridge dating from 1771.
Battersea Church Road, SW11 Battersea Church Road is one of the streets of London in the SW11 postal area.
Battersea High Street, SW11 Battersea High Street is anything but the high street of Battersea.
Battersea Park Road, SW11 Battersea Park Road is one of the main roads of the area, connecting Battersea and the suburbs to its east.
Battersea Reach Complex, SW18 A street within the SW18 postcode
Battersea Square, SW11 Battersea Square is one of the streets of London in the SW11 postal area.
Beechmore Road, SW11 Beechmore Road is one of the streets of London in the SW11 postal area.
Blomfield Court, SW11 Blomfield Court is one of the streets of London in the SW11 postal area.
Blondel Street, SW11 Blondel Street is one of the streets of London in the SW11 postal area.
Bridge Lane, SW11 Bridge Lane is one of the streets of London in the SW11 postal area.
Brougham Street, SW11 A street within the SW11 postcode
Brynmaer Road, SW11 Brynmaer Road is a road in the SW11 postcode area
Bullen Street, SW11 Bullen Street is one of the streets of London in the SW11 postal area.
Burns Road, SW11 Burns Road is one of the streets of London in the SW11 postal area.
Cabul Road, SW11 Cabul Road is one of the streets of London in the SW11 postal area.
Calico House, SW11 Residential block
Cambridge Mansions, SW11 Cambridge Mansions is one of the streets of London in the SW11 postal area.
Cambridge Road, SW11 Cambridge Road is one of the streets of London in the SW11 postal area.
Candahar Road, SW11 Candahar Road is one of the streets of London in the SW11 postal area.
Charlotte Despard Avenue, SW11 Charlotte Despard Avenue is one of the streets of London in the SW11 postal area.
Charterhouse Apartments, SW11 A street within the SW18 postcode
Chatfield Road, SW11 Chatfield Road is one of the streets of London in the SW11 postal area.
Chesney Street, SW11 This is a street in the SW11 postcode area
Chivers Passage, SW18 Chivers Passage is a location in London.
Condray Place, SW11 Condray Place is a road in the SW11 postcode area
Coppock Close, SW11 Coppock Close is part of the Kambala Estate.
Cotswold Mews, SW11 Cotswold Mews is one of the streets of London in the SW11 postal area.
Cotton Row, SW11 Cotton Row is one of the streets of London in the SW11 postal area.
Crombie Mews, SW11 A street within the SW11 postcode
Culvert Place, SW11 Culvert Place is one of the streets of London in the SW11 postal area.
Culvert Road, SW11 Culvert Road is one of the streets of London in the SW11 postal area.
Cupar Road, SW11 Cupar Road is a road in the SW11 postcode area
Dagnall Street, SW11 Dagnall Street is one of the streets of London in the SW11 postal area.
Darien Road, SW11 Darien Road is one of the streets of London in the SW11 postal area.
Elcho Street, SW11 Elcho Street is one of the streets of London in the SW11 postal area.
Eltringham Street, SW18 Eltringham Street is one of the streets of London in the SW18 postal area.
Esaint Road, SW11 A street within the SW11 postcode
Este Road, SW11 Este Road is one of the streets of London in the SW11 postal area.
Ethelburga Street, SW11 Ethelburga Street was named after Saint Æthelburh (Ethelburga), founder and first Abbess of Barking.
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.
Fawcett Close, SW11 Fawcett Close is one of the streets of London in the SW11 postal area.
Fenner Square, SW11 A street within the SW11 postcode
Forfar Road, SW11 A street within the SW11 postcode
Foxmore Street, SW11 Foxmore Street is a road in the SW11 postcode area
Francis Chichester Way, SW11 Francis Chichester Way is one of the streets of London in the SW11 postal area.
Freedom Street, SW11 Freedom 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.
Gartons Way, SW11 Gartons Way is one of the streets of London in the SW11 postal area.
Granfield Street, SW11 A street within the SW11 postcode
Great Eastern Wharf, SW11 Great Eastern Wharf is one of the streets of London in the SW11 postal area.
Gwynne Road, SW11 Gwynne Road is one of the streets of London in the SW11 postal area.
Heaver Road, SW11 Heaver Road, now a cul-de-sac, once ran eastwards to Falcon Road.
Heliport Estate, SW11 Heliport Estate is one of the streets of London in the SW11 postal area.
Henty Close, SW11 A street within the SW11 postcode
Holgate Avenue, SW11 Holgate Avenue is one of the streets of London in the SW11 postal area.
Holliday Square, SW11 A street within the SW11 postcode
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
Ingrave Street, SW11 Ingrave Street runs west from Falcon Road.
Inworth Street, SW11 Inworth Street is one of the streets of London in the SW11 postal area.
Inworth Walk, SW11 A street within the SW11 postcode
Jansen Walk, SW11 A street within the SW11 postcode
Jasmine House, SW18 A street within the SW18 postcode
John Parker Square, SW11 A street within the SW11 postcode
Juer Street, SW11 Juer Street is one of the streets of London in the SW11 postal area.
Kambala Road, SW11 Kambala Road lies along the line of a former street called Natal Road.
Kamballa Road, SW11 Kamballa Road ran from Natal Road to Falcon Road.
Kassala Road, SW11 A street within the SW11 postcode
Kennet Close, SW11 Kennet Close is one of the streets of London in the SW11 postal area.
Kersley Mews, SW11 Kersley Mews is a rare survival of a local mews and built to serve the residents of Foxmore Street and Kersley Street.
Kersley Street, SW11 Kersley Street is one of the streets of London in the SW11 postal area.
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.
Kingfisher House, SW18 A street within the SW18 postcode
Kingswater Place, SW11 A street within the SW11 postcode
Latchmere Street, SW11 Latchmere Street is one of the streets of London in the SW11 postal area.
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.
Longhedge Street, SW11 Longhedge Street is a road in the SW11 postcode area
Lucas Court, SW11 Lucas Court is one of the streets of London in the SW11 postal area.
Lurline Gardens, SW11 Lurline Gardens is one of the streets of London in the SW11 postal area.
Mandeville Courtyard, SW11 Mandeville Courtyard is one of the streets of London in the SW11 postal area.
Mantua Street, SW11 Mantua Street started its story in the 1860s.
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
Mendip Court, SW11 Mendip Court is one of the streets of London in the SW11 postal area.
Mendip Road, SW11 Mendip Road is a road in the SW11 postcode area
Meyrick Road, SW11 Meyrick Road is a road in the SW11 postcode area
Millgrove Street, SW11 Millgrove Street is a road in the SW11 postcode area
Molasses House, SW11 A street within the SW11 postcode
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
Old Garden House, SW11 A street within the SW11 postcode
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
Palmerston House, SW11 Residential block
Parkfield Industrial Estate, SW8 Parkfield Industrial Estate and the London Stone Business Estate refer to the same commercial 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.
Petworth Street, SW11 Petworth Street was laid out in the late nineteenth century linking two bridge approaches - Albert Bridge Road and Battersea Bridge Road.
Plough Road, SW11 Plough Road is one of the streets of London in the SW11 postal area.
PO Box 4, SW11 A street within the SW11 postcode
Port House, SW11 A street within the SW11 postcode
Poyntz Road, SW11 Poyntz Road is one of the streets of London in the SW11 postal area.
Primrose Mansions, SW11 A street within the SW11 postcode
Prince Of Wales Drive, SW11 Prince Of Wales Drive is one of the streets of London in the SW11 postal area.
Quarter House, SW18 A street within the SW18 postcode
Radstock Street, SW11 Radstock Street 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.
Rawson Street, SW11 Rawson Street is a road in the SW8 postcode area
Restoration Square, SW11 A street within the SW11 postcode
River Reach Business Park, SW11 A street within the SW11 postcode
Rosenau Road, SW11 Rosenau Road was named after Schloss Rosenau, the birthplace and boyhood home of Prince Albert of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha, who became the consort of Queen Victoria.
Rowditch Lane, SW11 Rowditch Lane is a road in the SW11 postcode area
Rowena Crescent, SW11 Rowena Crescent was once called Zulu Crescent.
Roydon Close, SW11 A street within the SW11 postcode
Searles Close, SW11 Searles Close is one of the streets of London in the SW11 postal area.
Sheepcote Lane, SW11 Sheepcote Lane 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
Sphere Walk, SW11 Sphere Walk is a location in London.
St James Court, SW11 St James Court is one of the streets of London in the SW11 postal area.
Stanmer Street, SW11 Stanmer Street is one of the streets of London in the SW11 postal area.
The Imperial Laundry, SW11 A street within the SW11 postcode
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
Trott Street, SW11 Trott Street connects Battersea High Street with Shuttleworth Road.
Ursula Street, SW11 Ursula Street is a road in the SW11 postcode area
Usk Road, SW11 Usk Road is a road in the SW11 postcode area
Valiant House, SW11 Residential block
Wallis Close, SW11 A street within the SW11 postcode
Warriner Gardens, SW11 Warriner Gardens is one of the streets of London in the SW11 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
Weighbrdge Point, SW11 Weybridge Point is a block in Battersea.
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
Worfield Street, SW11 Worfield Street runs north from Rosenau Road towards Parkgate Road.
Wye Street, SW11 Wye Street is one of the streets of London in the SW11 postal area.
Wynter Street, SW11 Wynter 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.

THE PUBS OF BATTERSEA
Battersea Labour Club This pub existed immediately prior to the 2020 global pandemic and may still do so.
Bunga Bunga This pub existed immediately prior to the 2020 global pandemic and may still do so.
Duke Of Cambridge This pub existed immediately prior to the 2020 global pandemic and may still do so.
Karatacus’s Kitchen This pub existed immediately prior to the 2020 global pandemic and may still do so.
Le Quecum Bar This pub existed immediately prior to the 2020 global pandemic and may still do so.
Princes Head This pub existed immediately prior to the 2020 global pandemic and may still do so.
South West Eleven South West Eleven was previously called ’Grove’.
The Lost Angel This pub existed immediately prior to the 2020 global pandemic and may still do so.
The Victoria This pub existed immediately prior to the 2020 global pandemic and may still do so.
The Waterfront This pub existed immediately prior to the 2020 global pandemic and may still do so.




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St Johns Road, SW11
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Petworth Street sign
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Battersea High Street
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Bramlands Close
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Coppock Close
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Falcon Road, Battersea, looking towards Clapham Junction with Arding & Hobbs clock tower visible above the railway arch.
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Rowena Crescent
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Winders Road
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Rosenau Road, SW11
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Petworth Street sign
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Ingrave Street
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Zulu Mews - glimpsed through its gate
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