Craven Hill Mews is a cobbled cul-de-sac, approached through an entrance under a building on Devonshire Terrace in Westminster. The Mews contains 26 properties used for residential purposes.
Between 1940 and 1941, a high explosive bomb is recorded falling onto Devonshire Terrace very close to the Mews, meaning many of the properties had to be rebuilt. The area was regarded as having comfortable living conditions when the London Poverty Maps were originally published.
Craven Hill Mews is part of Westminster City Council’s Bayswater Conservation Area. Developed over the space of about 70 years, the townscape is uniform despite being composed of several distinct areas and is made up of a regular composition of streets and squares in an Italianate style. An important aspect of the street pattern are the several mews, some quite intimate and others so large that they appear to be a development of their own. The contrast of scale provided by these mews is a crucial aspect of the overall area’s character.
The Mews contains a variety of one, two and three storey properties with a mixture of different roof and facade styles. The road surface is cobbled and there are some traditional garages remaining.
The original purpose of the Mews was to provide stable/ coach house accommodation for the main properties on Craven Hill and Queen’s Gardens, but now the usage of the buildings is primarily residential.
Since 2003 there have been a few planning applications made to the properties, such as conservatory extensions, roof extensions and basement excavations. Conservation Area controls now apply to any new development in the Mews.