Gloucester Mews is a one-sided, cobbled through road approached through its own arch off Chilworth Street in Westminster. There are 30 properties in the Mews, used for residential purposes. The Mews runs directly in line with Smallbrook Mews, another original/ surviving Mews street.
A high explosive bomb fell onto Devonshire Terrace, very close to the Mews in World War II. When the London Poverty Maps were published, the area was determined to have fairly comfortable living conditions and households with good ordinary earnings.
Gloucester 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 two and three storey properties are a mixture of painted and rendered brickwork and have visible pitched roof styles with others being hidden behind parapet walls. The garages vary between intact and converted and are surrounded by a cobbled road surface.
The original purpose of Gloucester Mews was to provide stable/ coach house accommodation to the main houses on Westbourne Terrace. Now, it is predominantly used for residential purposes.
Many planning applications have been made before and since 2003 including internal alterations and basement excavations. Conservation Area controls now apply to new development in the Mews.