Situated within Inner London in the Borough of Camden, is the redeveloped Chenies Mews; a part-cobbled through road approached through an entrance under a building on Torrington Place. The Mews contains 16 properties used for residential and commercial purposes.
The Mews is part of the Bloomsbury Conservation Area. A Conservation Area in central London, covering approximately 160 hectares from High Holborn to Euston Road and King’s Cross Road to Tottenham Court Road, the area was designated in 1968. Due to the size of the Conservation Area, there is no one-defining character but rather a collection of different sub-areas and their own characteristics. Most of the historic characteristics of the area are now confined to the Mews or privately maintained areas.
A high explosive bomb fell onto Gower Street, right next to the Mews, presumably causing significant damage to the properties in World War II and when the London Poverty Maps were first published, the area was deemed to poorer comfortable living conditions with lower than average household earnings for the time.
The four storey properties have crittall window styles, surrounded by a cobbled and tarmacadam road surface. One end of the Mews is a newer development on the old site; with tarmacadam road and the other end of the Mews consists of re-developed original buildings with a cobbled road surface. There is an open entrance off Torrington Place with an entrance arch under offices the other end of the through road, leading to Huntley Street. It also contains some laboratory usage connected to the University College Hospital nearby.
The original purpose of the Mews was to provide stable/ coach house accommodation for the main houses on the surrounding streets and nowadays they are predominantly used for residential purposes, with some commercial activity also taking place.
Before and since 2003 there have been many planning applications made for alterations to the properties within the Mews, the most notable being; the redevelopment of some buildings, including alterations to the rear elevation and changes to the fenestration on some properties. Conservation Area controls apply to any new development in the Mews.