Situated within Inner London in the Borough of Camden is King’s Mews; a through road off Northington Street, not far from Jockey’s Fields, also containing original/ surviving Mews properties. The Mews contains 9 properties used for residential and commercial purposes.
The Mews is part of the Bloomsbury Conservation Area. An area in central London covering approximately 160 hectares from High Holborn to Euston Road and King’s Cross Road to Tottenham Court Road, it 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 Gray’s Inn Road, right next to the 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 and three storey properties have rendered and painted brickwork facades with a mixture of mansard and parapet roof styles, surrounded by a tarmacadam road surface. Numbers 20-22 are of particular historic interest.
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.