Gloucester Mews West is a cobbled cul-de-sac with a pedestrian through road approached through an entrance under a building on Cleveland Terrace in Westminster. It is located on the site of an original Mews but has been re-developed to a degree that it no longer contains any surviving Mews properties. There are 34 properties in the Mews, used for residential purposes. The Mews runs directly in line with Upbrook Mews, an original/ surviving Mews street.
A high explosive bomb fell onto Cleveland Square, very close by to the Mews in World War II. When the London Poverty Maps were published, the area was determined as having a mixed standard of living conditions, some comfortable whilst others were poorer.
Gloucester Mews West 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 two storey properties are a mixture of plain and painted brickwork and have roofs hidden behind parapet walls. The garages remain intact and are surrounded by a cobbled road surface.
The original purpose of Gloucester Mews West was to provide stable/ coach house accommodation to the main houses on Gloucester Terrace and Cleveland Square. Now, it is predominantly used for residential purposes.
Many planning applications have been made since 2003 including internal alterations and basement excavations. 17 properties in the Mews were erected in 1967. Conservation Area controls now apply to new development in the Mews.