Wood’s Mews is a through road off Park Street in Westminster, running directly in line with Lee’s Place, another original/ surviving Mews. There are 17 properties in the Mews, used for residential and commercial purposes.
A high explosive bomb fell directly onto Lee’s Place in World War II. When the London Poverty Maps were published, the area was determined as having fairly comfortable households with good ordinary earnings.
Wood’s Mews is part of Westminster City Council’s Mayfair Conservation Area; first designated in 1969, it derives its name from a fair held in the month of May in fields around the site of today’s Shepherd Market. The area is dominated by fashionable town-houses (and their mews) reflecting the history of English domestic architecture from the early 18th to the early 20th century.
The Mews has three storey buildings with a mixture of different roof styles and brickwork or rendered facades. The buildings are surrounded by a tarmacadam road surface and raised pavements.
Named after Jonathan Wood, a victualler and the first resident of the Swan Tavern in Park Street at the north corner of the Mews original purpose of the street was to provide stable/ coach house accommodation to the main houses in Upper Brook Street. Nowadays, the function of the properties is residential though some commercial activity still prevails.
Many planning applications have been made before and since 2003 for alterations to properties, notably the partial or complete demolition of some properties and basement extensions. Conservation Area controls now apply to new development in the Mews.