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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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Battersea Power Station view from River Thames (2012)

Battersea Power Station view from River Thames (2012)
Alberto Pascual

THE STREETS OF BATTERSEA
Abercrombie Street, SW11 Abercrombie Street is one of the streets of London in the SW11 postal area.
Acanthus Road, SW11 Acanthus Road is a road in the SW11 postcode area
Afghan Road, SW11 Afghan Road is a road in the SW11 postcode area
Albany Mansions, SW11 Albany Mansions is one of the streets of London in the SW11 postal area.
Albion Riverside, SW11 Albion Riverside is a road in the SW11 postcode area
Alexander Studios, SW11 Alexander Studios is one of the streets of London in the SW11 postal area.
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.
Atherton Street, SW11 Atherton Street 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 Arena, SW11 Battersea Arena is one of the streets of London in the SW11 postal area.
Battersea Church Road, SW11 Battersea Church Road is one of the streets of London in the SW11 postal area.
Battersea Park Road, SW11 Battersea Park Road is one of the streets of London in the SW11 postal area.
Battersea Square, SW11 Battersea Square is one of the streets of London in the SW11 postal area.
Beverley Close, SW11 A street within the SW11 postcode
Blondel Street, SW11 Blondel Street is one of the streets of London in the SW11 postal area.
Bolingbroke Walk, SW11 Bolingbroke Walk 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.
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 Row, SW11 Calico Row is one of the streets of London in the SW11 postal area.
Cambridge Mansions, SW11 Cambridge Mansions 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.
Cantate Centre Parkfield Industrial Estate, SW11 Cantate Centre Parkfield Industrial Estate 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.
Cinnamon Row, SW11 Cinnamon Row is one of the streets of London in the SW11 postal area.
Colestown Street, SW11 This is a street in the SW11 postcode area
Commodore House, SW18 A street within the SW18 postcode
Cotton Row, SW11 Cotton Row is one of the streets of London in the SW11 postal area.
Culvert Place, SW11 Culvert Place is one of the streets of London in the SW11 postal 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.
Dovedale Studios, SW11 Dovedale Studios is one of the streets of London in the SW11 postal area.
Eltringham Street London Eltringham Street, SW18 A street within the SW18 postcode
Ensigreen House, SW18 A street within the SW18 postcode
Ethelburga Street, SW11 Ethelburga Street was named after Saint Æthelburh (Ethelburga), founder and first Abbess of Barking.
Falcon Grove, SW11 Falcon Grove is a road in the SW11 postcode area
Flat 2 Orbis Wharf Bridges Court Road, 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
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.
Granfield Street, SW11 A street within the SW11 postcode
Great Chart Street, SW11 Great Chart Street is a road in the SW11 postcode area
Great Eastern Wharf, SW11 Great Eastern Wharf 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.
Henley Street, SW11 A street within the SW11 postcode
Henning Street, SW11 Henning Street is a road in the SW11 postcode area
Hester Road 8, SW11 A street within the SW11 postcode
Hester Road, SW11 Hester Road is one of the streets of London in the SW11 postal area.
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.
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.
Ivory Square, SW11 Ivory Square is one of the streets of London in the SW11 postal area.
John Parker Square, SW11 A street within the SW11 postcode
Juniper Drive, SW18 Juniper Drive is a road in the SW18 postcode area
Kambala Road, SW11 Kambala Road lies along the line of a former street called Natal Road.
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.
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.
Kite Yard, SW11 Kite Yard is one of the streets of London in the SW11 postal area.
Latchmere Street, SW11 Latchmere Street 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.
Lothair Street, SW11 Lothair Street 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.
Macduff Road, SW11 Macduff Road 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.
Maskelyne Close, SW11 Maskelyne Close is a road in the SW11 postcode area
Matthews Street, SW11 Matthews Street 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
Millgrove Street, SW11 Millgrove Street is a road in the SW11 postcode area
Molasses Row, SW11 Molasses Row is one of the streets of London in the SW11 postal area.
Musjid Road, SW11 Musjid Road is a shadow of its former self.
Nantes Close, SW18 Nantes Close is a road in the SW18 postcode area
Newtown Court, SW11 Newtown Court is one of the streets of London in the SW11 postal 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.
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.
Parkfield Industrial Estate, SW11 Parkfield Industrial Estate 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.
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.
Petergate, SW11 Petergate is one of the streets of London in the SW11 postal area.
Pier Terrace, SW18 Pier Terrace is one of the streets of London in the SW18 postal 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.
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.
Prince Of Wales Drive, SW11 Prince Of Wales Drive is one of the streets of London in the SW11 postal 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, 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.
Reform Street, SW11 Reform Street is a road in the SW11 postcode area
Restoration Square, SW11 A street within the SW11 postcode
River Reach Business Park, SW11 A street within the SW11 postcode
Riverside Albert Wharf, SW11 Riverside Albert Wharf is one of the streets of London in the SW11 postal area.
Riverside, 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.
Rowena Crescent, SW11 Rowena Crescent was once called Zulu Crescent.
Rutherford House, 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.
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.
Soudan Road, SW11 Soudan Road 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.
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 James Court, SW11 St James Court is one of the streets of London in the SW11 postal area.
Surrey Lane Estate, SW11 A street within the SW11 postcode
Takhar Mews, SW11 Takhar Mews is a road in the SW11 postcode area
The Raven, SW11 The Raven is one of the streets of London in the SW11 postal area.
Trott Street, SW11 Trott Street is a road in the SW11 postcode area
Walden House, SW11 A street within the SW11 postcode
Wandsworth Bridge, SW18 Wandsworth Bridge is a road in the SW18 postcode area
Wandsworth Bridge, SW6 Wandsworth Bridge is a road in the SW6 postcode area
Warriner Gardens, SW11 Warriner Gardens is one of the streets of London in the SW11 postal area.
Watford Close, SW11 Watford Close is a small street on the Ethelburga Estate.
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
Wolftencroft Close, SW11 Wolftencroft Close is a road in the SW11 postcode area
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.
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.
York Road, SW18 York Road is one of the streets of London in the SW18 postal area.
Zulu Mews, SW11 Zulu Mews lies within the curve of a Battersea railway.


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