Warwick Square Mews is a part-cobbled cul-de-sac off Clarendon Street in Westminster. The Mews contains 19 properties used for residential purposes.
In World War II, a high explosive bomb fell directly onto Eccleston Square Mews, an original/ surviving Mews nearby. When the London Poverty Maps were published, the area was described as having a mixture of comfortable living conditions with normal household earnings to poorer households.
Warwick Square Mews is situated within Westminster City Council’s Pimilico Conservation Area. Constructed over a short period (1830’s to 1870’s), the area has a layout of formal streets and squares, lined by terraces of houses in the Classical tradition. The Mews are situated behind the squares and fill in the street blocks. They are characterised by a more intimate setting than the main streets and are often entered through an archway. The buildings typically consist of two storeys and are generally scaled width-wise to the same size as the main properties that they are linked to.
The two storey properties in the Mews have plain brickwork facades, with roofs hidden behind parapet walls. The properties are surrounded by a cobbled and tarmacadam road surface.
When a Mews building is converted to a house, it can be achieved without damaging the overall character of the building. Warwick Square Mews contains both good and no so good examples of building conversions. You’ll notice that the ones that convey the original character of the building have been done so by retaining the original materials, original openings, carefully considering the design of the windows and doors and retaining as many original external features as possible; including the cobbles and paving of the street.
The original purpose of the mews was to provide stable/ coach house accommodation for the properties on Warwick Square. Nowadays, the buildings are used for residential purposes.
There have been a small amount of planning applications made since 2003, mainly regarding changes to the fenestration. Conservation Area controls apply to any new development in the Mews.