Abercorn Close is a cobbled cul-de-sac off Abercorn Place in Upper Westminster. The Mews are for the most part linear, following the blocks of terraced development on the main road, Hamilton Terrace. There are 11 properties in the Mews, and it runs approximately North-west to South-east. When the London Poverty Maps were published, the area was recorded as being comfortable with good earnings.
Abercorn Close is part of Westminster Council’s St John’s Wood Conservation Area, one of Westminster’s biggest Conservation Areas located in the northern extremity of the City. Designated a Conservation Area in 1968, St John’s Wood has an overall low density townscape with wide, tree-lined streets. Importance is placed on generous gardens, trees and greenery, with smaller pockets of terraced housing and mansion blocks.
The Mews is predominantly one-sided, with the opposite properties being modern. The plain brickwork, two-storey buildings have roofs hidden behind parapet walls. There are raised party walls, cast iron downpipes, bressumers and original stable doors.
Abercorn Close is a very good example of an original/ surviving Mews. The original purpose of the Mews was to provide stable/ coach house accommodation for the larger houses in Hamilton Terrace. Now, the Mews properties are used for residential purposes, with basement excavations being part of a small amount of planning applications made since 2003. Conservation Area controls now apply to new development in the Mews.