Westbourne Crescent Mews is a cobbled cul-de-sac, approached through an entrance under a building on Westbourne Crescent. The Mews has 5 properties used for residential purposes. It is located on the site of an original Mews but has been re-developed to a degree that it no longer contains any surviving Mews properties.
In World War II, a high explosive bomb fell directly onto Westbourne Terrace, not far from the Mews. When the London Poverty Maps were published, the area was described as being comfortable with normal household earnings though the main houses were some of the richest and upper class in the area.
The Mews is part of Westminster City Council’s Bayswater Conservation Area. Developed over the space of about 70 years, the townscape is uniform despite being composed of several distinct areas and is made up of a regular composition of streets and squares in an Italianate style. An important aspect of the street pattern are the several mews, some quite intimate and others so large that they appear to be a development of their own. The contrast of scale provided by these mews is a crucial aspect of the overall area’s character.
The two storey, plain brickwork buildings have roofs hidden behind parapet walls and are surrounded by a cobbled road surface.
The original purpose of the Mews was to provide stabling for the surrounding properties but nowadays they are mainly used for residential purposes. There have been a few planning applications made prior to or since 2003, mainly minor alterations and refurbishments. In 1963 there was a planning application for ‘alteration and refurbishment’ to the Mews. Conservation Area controls now apply to any new development in the Mews.