Cornwall Mews South consists of two cobbled cul-de-sacs off Grenville Place in the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, approached through its own arch. Cornwall Mews South contains 24 properties in total, used for residential purposes.
During World War II, the Aggregate Night Time Bomb Census recorded a high explosive bomb falling onto Cornwall Gardens, north of the Mews. In the past, the area was noted as having a mixture of comfortable living conditions and poorer household earnings for the time when the London Poverty Maps were first published.
The Mews is part of the ‘Cornwall’ Conservation Area. The De Vere Conservation Area was originally designated in 1969 as Kensington New Town, with the other two (Kensington Court and Cornwall) areas being designated separately soon after. In 1985, the boundaries were modified and revised.
The two and three storey properties have rendered or painted brickwork facades with roods hidden behind parapet walls, surrounded by a cobbled road surface. There are plants and benches present in the Mews and some roof gardens on the properties. An episode of ‘The Sweeny’ (1977) used the Mews as a filming location.
Originally used as the coach house/ stable accommodation for the main houses on Cornwall Gardens and Southwell Gardens, the primary purpose of the Mews properties is now residential rather than commercial.
Before and since 2003 there have been a few planning applications made for alterations to the properties within the Mews; most notably basement excavations for additional residential accommodation.
Conservation Area controls apply to any new development in the Mews.