Situated within Inner London in the Borough of Camden, is Grafton Mews; a cobbled through road approached through an entrance under a building on Grafton Way and parallel to Richardson’s Mews, also containing original/ surviving Mews properties. The Mews contains 15 properties used for residential and commercial purposes.
The Mews is part of the Fitzroy Square Conservation Area; designated in September 1968 as part of the Bloomsbury Conservation Area originally, the late 18th and early 19th century development is enclosed by fine terraces with a circular central garden. The views of the square itself open up along the streets that lead towards it whilst the remainder of the area is made up of streets of varying sizes, enclosed by three and four-storey townhouses. Tottenham Court Road marks the eastern edge of the Conservation Area.
A high explosive bomb fell onto Warren Street, not far from the Mews and when the London Poverty Maps were first published, the area was deemed to have poorer than average living conditions.
Characterised by granite setts, the two, three and four storey properties have rendered, pebbledash and painted brickwork facades with a mixture of mansard, pitched and parapet roof styles, surrounded by a cobbled road surface and partial-raised pavements.
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, with some commercial activity also taking place.
Before and since 2003 there have been many planning applications made for alterations to the properties within the Mews, the most notable being; the change of roof cladding, change of usage to residential from commercial and garage conversions. Conservation Area controls apply to any new development in the Mews.