Woodfall Street is a cul-de-sac off Smith Street in the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea. Woodfall Street contains 29 properties, used for residential and commercial purposes.
In the past, the area was noted as having wealthy living conditions and higher than average household earnings when the London Poverty Maps were first published. During World War II, a high explosive bomb fell onto Smith Street, just outside the Mews, presumably causing some damage to the properties within.
The Mews is part of the ‘Royal Hospital’ Conservation Area. Containing the Royal Hospital from which the area derives its name, the Conservation Area was designated in 1969. Apart from the Hospital, the area contains few significant buildings, mainly mixed terraces and more modern buildings.
The two and three storey properties have rendered or painted brickwork facades with a variety of different roof styles, surrounded by a tarmacadam road surface. There are lots of seats, benches and plants present in the Mews, in addition to raised party walls and metal bressumers on some of the properties.
Originally used as the coach house/ stable accommodation for the main houses on St. Leonard’s Terrace, the primary purpose of the Mews properties is now residential, though some commercial activity still remains.
Before and since 2003 there have been a number of planning applications made for alterations to the properties in the Mews, the most notable being the complete demolition of certain properties and external alterations. Conservation Area controls apply to any new development in the Mews.