Situated within Inner London in the Borough of Camden, is Doughty Mews; a cul-de-sac with pedestrian through road off Doughty Street, leading to John’s Mews, also containing original/ surviving Mews properties. The Mews contains 31 properties used for residential 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 Roger Street right next to Doughty 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 have a mixture of comfortable and poorer living conditions.
The two storey properties have plain brickwork facades with a mixture of mansard, parapet, pitched and flat roof styles, surrounded by a tarmacadam road surface and partial raised pavements. Along with Brownlow Mews, Doughty Mews contains some if the best surviving examples of original Mews buildings. Number 9 is a late 20th Century Mews house.
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.
Before and since 2003 there have been many planning applications made for alterations to the properties within the Mews, the most notable being; the erection of new buildings with basements, multiple-storey extensions and alterations to the fenestration. Conservation Area controls apply to any new development in the Mews.