Situated within Inner London in the Borough of Camden, is Princess Mews; a cobbled through road approached through an entrance under a building on Belsize Crescent and leading to Belsize Place, containing Mews Style properties. The Mews contains 15 properties used for residential purposes.
The Mews is part of the Belsize Park Conservation Area. Designated in 1973 and then extended in 1984 to included part of Belsize Grove, the area is large scale, containing semi-detached Victorian Villas along with Belsize Village bringing charm to the otherwise uniform appearance of the buildings within the area. The Most recent extension to the Conservation Area has included the incorporation of the open space at the southern side of Elizabeth Mews and the shopping parades on Haverstock Hill. Elizabeth Mews was included into the area in 1991.
The large villas built around 1850 had attic and basement space for servants and were aimed at wealthy professionals, the intention being to attract the ‘carriage classes’ to the north of London rather than areas such as Bayswater and Kensington. Unlike other areas built at the same time or slightly earlier there was no apparent demand for extensive stabling associated with each street. The main area of mews development within the area was constructed on a triangular four acre field to the north of Belsize Lane.
A high explosive bomb fell onto Belsize Lane, very close 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 pitched roof styles, surrounded by a cobbled road surface.
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.
Before and since 2003 there have been many planning applications made for alterations to the properties within the Mews, the most notable being; garage conversions roof extensions and additional storeys to the properties. Princess Mews has undergone substantial remodelling but the overall scale of the buildings and street remains appropriate. Conservation Area controls apply to any new development in the Mews.