Situated within Inner London in the Borough of Camden, is Jockey’s Fields; a redeveloped through road off Theobald’s Road, not far from King’s Mews, containing original/ surviving Mews properties. The Mews contains very few properties used for residential and commercial purposes.
The Mews is part of the Bloomsbury Conservation Area. 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 directly onto the Mews, 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 poorer than average living conditions.
The two and three storey properties have rendered and painted brickwork facades with a mixture of different roof styles, surrounded by a tarmacadam road surface and raised pavements. They have a mixture of small-scale workshop ad residential uses consistent with their historic use, the ones in Jockey’s Fields serving the east side of Bedford Row.
The original purpose of the Mews was to provide stable/ coach house accommodation for the main houses on Bedford Row 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 use to residential and some internal and external alterations to the properties. Conservation Area controls apply to any new development in the Mews.