Situated within Inner London in the Borough of Camden, is Richardson’s Mews; a redeveloped, cobbled cul-de-sac off Warren Street, parallel to Warren Mews and Grafton Mews, containing original/ surviving Mews properties. The Mews contains 10 properties used for residential 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 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 a mixture of comfortable and poorer living conditions.
A smaller Mews but retaining the essential character expected, the two, three and four storey properties have plain brickwork facades with mansard 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.
Before and since 2003 there have been a number of planning applications made for alterations to the properties within the Mews, the most notable being; a rear and basement extension. Conservation Area controls apply to any new development in the Mews.