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Battersea is an area of the London Borough of Wandsworth, England. It is an inner-city district on the south side of the River Thames.

Battersea covers quite a wide area - it spans from Fairfield in the west to Queenstown in the east. Battersea is mentioned in Anglo-Saxon times as Badrices ieg = Badric's Island.

Although in modern times it is known mostly for its wealth, Battersea remains characterised by economic inequality, with council estates being surrounded by more prosperous areas.

Battersea was an island settlement established in the river delta of the Falconbrook; a river that rises in Tooting Bec Common and flowed through south London to the River Thames.

As with many former Thames island settlements, Battersea was reclaimed by draining marshland and building culverts for streams.

Before the Industrial Revolution, much of the area was farmland, providing food for the City of London and surrounding population centres; and with particular specialisms, such as growing lavender on Lavender Hill, asparagus (sold as 'Battersea Bundles') or pig breeding on Pig Hill (later the site of the Shaftesbury Park Estate).

At the end of the 18th century, above 300 acres of land in the parish of Battersea were occupied by some 20 market gardeners, who rented from five to near 60 acres each.

Villages in the wider area - Battersea, Wandsworth, Earlsfield (hamlet of Garratt), Tooting, Balham - were isolated one from another; and throughout the second half of the second millennium, the wealthy built their country retreats in Battersea and neighbouring areas.

Industry developed eastwards along the bank of the Thames during the industrial revolution from 1750s onwards; the Thames provided water for transport, for steam engines and for water-intensive industrial processes. Bridges erected across the Thames encouraged growth; Battersea Bridge was built in 1771. Inland from the river, the rural agricultural community persisted.

Battersea was radically altered by the coming of railways. The London and Southampton Railway Company was the first to drive a railway line from east to west through Battersea, in 1838, terminating at Nine Elms at the north west tip of the area. Over the next 22 years five other lines were built, across which all trains from Waterloo Station and Victoria Station ran. An interchange station was built in 1863 towards the north west of the area, at a junction of the railway. Taking the name of a fashionable village a mile and more away, the station was named Clapham Junction.

During the latter decades of the nineteenth century Battersea had developed into a major town railway centre with two locomotive works at Nine Elms and Longhedge and three important motive power depots (Nine Elms, Stewarts Lane and Battersea) all situated within a relatively small area in the north of the district.

A population of 6000 people in 1840 was increased to 168 000 by 1910; and save for the green spaces of Battersea Park, Clapham Common, Wandsworth Common and some smaller isolated pockets, all other farmland was built over, with, from north to south, industrial buildings and vast railway sheds and sidings (much of which remain), slum housing for workers, especially north of the main east–west railway, and gradually more genteel residential terraced housing further south.

The railway station encouraged local government to site its buildings - the town hall, library, police station, court and post office in the area surrounding Clapham Junction.

All this building around the station marginalised Battersea High Street (the main street of the original village) into no more than an extension of Falcon Road.


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Battersea Power Station view from River Thames (2012)

Battersea Power Station view from River Thames (2012)
Alberto Pascual

THE STREETS OF BATTERSEA
Acanthus Road, SW11 Acanthus Road is a road in the SW11 postcode area
Afghan Road, SW11 Afghan Road is a road in the SW11 postcode area
Albion Riverside Building, SW11 A street within the SW11 postcode
Albion Riverside, SW11 Albion Riverside is a road in the SW11 postcode area
Alexander Studios, SW11 Alexander Studios is one of the streets of London in the SW11 postal area.
Alexandra Avenue, SW11 Alexandra Avenue is one of the streets of London in the SW11 postal area.
Alfreda Street, SW11 Alfreda Street is a road in the SW11 postcode area
Althorpe Mews, SW11 Althorpe Mews is a road in the SW11 postcode area
Ambrose Mews, SW11 A street within the SW11 postcode
Anerley Street, SW11 Anerley Street is a road in the SW11 postcode area
Ascensis Tower, SW18 A street within the SW18 postcode
Ascensis Tower, SW18 A street within the SW18 postcode
Atherton Street, SW11 Atherton Street is one of the streets of London in the SW11 postal area.
Austin Road, SW11 Austin Road is one of the streets of London in the SW11 postal area.
Balfern Street, SW11 Balfern Street is a road in the SW11 postcode area
Banbury Street, SW11 Banbury Street is a road in the SW11 postcode area
Battersea Arena, SW11 Battersea Arena is one of the streets of London in the SW11 postal area.
Battersea Arts Centre Old Town Hall, SW11 Battersea Arts Centre Old Town Hall is one of the streets of London in the SW11 postal area.
Battersea Bridge Road, SW11 The laying out of Battersea Bridge Road took place in several phases between the 1770s and 1850s.
Battersea Church Road, SW11 Battersea Church Road is one of the streets of London in the SW11 postal area.
Battersea High Street, SW11 Battersea High Street is anything but the high street of Battersea.
Battersea Park Road, SW11 Battersea Park Road is one of the streets of London in the SW11 postal area.
Battersea Reach Complex, SW18 A street within the SW18 postcode
Battersea Reach, SW18 A street within the SW18 postcode
Battersea Square, SW11 Battersea Square is one of the streets of London in the SW11 postal area.
Beechmore Road, SW11 Beechmore Road is one of the streets of London in the SW11 postal area.
Benham Close, SW11 Benham Close is a road in the SW11 postcode area
Blomfield Court, SW11 Blomfield Court is one of the streets of London in the SW11 postal area.
Body Logic/190 Battersea Park Road, SW11 A street within the SW11 postcode
Bolingbroke Walk, SW11 Bolingbroke Walk is one of the streets of London in the SW11 postal area.
Bridge Lane, SW11 Bridge Lane is one of the streets of London in the SW11 postal area.
Bridges Court, SW11 Bridges Court is a road in the SW11 postcode area
Bridges Wharf, SW11 A street within the SW11 postcode
Broughton Street, SW11 Broughton Street is a road in the SW11 postcode area
Brynmaer Road, SW11 Brynmaer Road is a road in the SW11 postcode area
Bullen Street, SW11 Bullen Street is one of the streets of London in the SW11 postal area.
Cabul Road, SW11 Cabul Road is one of the streets of London in the SW11 postal area.
Cambridge Road, SW11 Cambridge Road is one of the streets of London in the SW11 postal area.
Candlemakers Studios, SW11 Candlemakers Studios is one of the streets of London in the SW11 postal area.
Charlotte Despard Avenue, SW11 Charlotte Despard Avenue is one of the streets of London in the SW11 postal area.
Chesney Street, SW11 This is a street in the SW11 postcode area
Cinnamon Row, SW11 Cinnamon Row is one of the streets of London in the SW11 postal area.
Clove Hitch Quay, SW11 Clove Hitch Quay is one of the streets of London in the SW11 postal area.
Commodore House, SW18 A street within the SW18 postcode
Condray Place, SW11 Condray Place is a road in the SW11 postcode area
Coppock Close, SW11 Coppock Close is part of the Kambala Estate.
Cranleigh Mews, SW11 Cranleigh Mews is one of the streets of London in the SW11 postal area.
Culvert Place, SW11 Culvert Place is one of the streets of London in the SW11 postal area.
Culvert Road, SW11 Culvert Road is one of the streets of London in the SW11 postal area.
Cupar Road, SW11 Cupar Road is a road in the SW11 postcode area
Darien Road, SW11 Darien Road is one of the streets of London in the SW11 postal area.
Drca Business Centre, SW11 A street within the SW11 postcode
Eaton House, SW11 Eaton House is a road in the SW11 postcode area
Elcho Street, SW11 Elcho Street is one of the streets of London in the SW11 postal area.
Eltringham Street London Eltringham Street, SW18 A street within the SW18 postcode
Eltringham Street, SW18 Eltringham Street is one of the streets of London in the SW18 postal area.
Ethelburga Street, SW11 Ethelburga Street was named after Saint Æthelburh (Ethelburga), founder and first Abbess of Barking.
Falcon Grove, SW11 Falcon Grove is a road in the SW11 postcode area
Fawcett Close, SW11 Fawcett Close is one of the streets of London in the SW11 postal area.
Fowler Close, SW11 Fowler Close is a road in the SW11 postcode area
Fownes Street, SW11 Fownes Street is a road in the SW11 postcode area
Foxmore Street, SW11 Foxmore Street is a road in the SW11 postcode area
Freedom Street, SW11 Freedom Street is a road in the SW11 postcode area
Ganley Road, SW11 Ganley Road is a road in the SW11 postcode area
Gartons Way, SW11 Gartons Way is one of the streets of London in the SW11 postal area.
Golding Terrace, SW11 A street within the SW11 postcode
Granfield Street, SW11 A street within the SW11 postcode
Grant Road, SW11 Grant Road is one of the streets of London in the SW11 postal area.
Great Chart Street, SW11 Great Chart Street is a road in the SW11 postcode area
Great Eastern Wharf, SW11 Great Eastern Wharf is one of the streets of London in the SW11 postal area.
Groveside Court, SW11 A street within the SW11 postcode
Harpsden Street, SW11 Harpsden Street is a road in the SW11 postcode area
Heaver Road, SW11 Heaver Road, now a cul-de-sac, once ran eastwards to Falcon Road.
Henning Street, SW11 Henning Street is a road in the SW11 postcode area
Henty Close, SW11 A street within the SW11 postcode
Hester Road, SW11 Hester Road is one of the streets of London in the SW11 postal area.
Hibbert Street, SW11 Hibbert Street is a road in the SW11 postcode area
Hicks Close, SW11 Hicks Close is a road in the SW11 postcode area
Hope Street, SW11 Hope Street is a road in the SW11 postcode area
Howie Street, SW11 Howie Street is one of the streets of London in the SW11 postal area.
Hyde Lane, SW11 Hyde Lane is a road in the SW11 postcode area
Ingrave Street, SW11 Ingrave Street runs west from Falcon Road.
Jansen Walk, SW11 A street within the SW11 postcode
John Parker Square, SW11 A street within the SW11 postcode
Joubert Street, SW11 Joubert Street is a road in the SW11 postcode area
Juer Street, SW11 Juer Street is one of the streets of London in the SW11 postal area.
Juniper Drive, SW11 Juniper Drive is a road in the SW11 postcode area
Juniper Drive, SW18 Juniper Drive is a road in the SW18 postcode area
Kamballa Road, SW11 Kamballa Road ran from Natal Road to Falcon Road.
Kennard Street, SW11 Kennard Street is a road in the SW11 postcode area
Kersley Mews, SW11 Kersley Mews is a rare survival of a local mews and built to serve the residents of Foxmore Street and Kersley Street.
Kiloh Court, SW11 Kiloh Court is one of the streets of London in the SW11 postal area.
Kingfisher House, SW18 A street within the SW18 postcode
Kite Yard, SW11 Kite Yard is one of the streets of London in the SW11 postal area.
Knowsley Road, SW11 Knowsley Road is a road in the SW11 postcode area
Latchmere Street, SW11 Latchmere Street is one of the streets of London in the SW11 postal area.
Livingstone Road, SW11 Livingstone Road is a road in the SW11 postcode area
Lombard Road, SW11 Lombard Road is one of the streets of London in the SW11 postal area.
Longhedge Street, SW11 Longhedge Street is a road in the SW11 postcode area
Lothair Street, SW11 Lothair Street is one of the streets of London in the SW11 postal area.
Lucas Court, SW11 Lucas Court is one of the streets of London in the SW11 postal area.
Macduff Road, SW11 Macduff Road is one of the streets of London in the SW11 postal area.
Mandeville Courtyard, SW11 Mandeville Courtyard is one of the streets of London in the SW11 postal area.
Mantua Street, SW11 Mantua Street started its story in the 1860s.
Matthews Street, SW11 Matthews Street is a road in the SW11 postcode area
Maysoule Road, SW11 The Rev. Israel May Soule was, from 1838, Minister of the Baptist Chapel in Battersea
McDermott Close, SW11 McDermott Close is a road in the SW11 postcode area
Mendip Court, SW11 Mendip Court is one of the streets of London in the SW11 postal area.
Mendip Road, SW11 Mendip Road is a road in the SW11 postcode area
Meyrick Road, SW11 Meyrick Road is a road in the SW11 postcode area
Millgrove Street, SW11 Millgrove Street is a road in the SW11 postcode area
Musjid Road, SW11 Musjid Road is a shadow of its former self.
Nantes Close, SW11 Nantes Close is a road in the SW11 postcode area
Nantes Close, SW18 Nantes Close is a road in the SW18 postcode area
Newcomen Road, SW11 Newcomen Road is a road in the SW11 postcode area
Octavia Street, SW11 Octavia Street is a road in the SW11 postcode area
Odger Street, SW11 A street within the SW11 postcode
Orbis Wharf Bridges Court Road, SW11 A street within the SW11 postcode
Orville Road, SW11 Orville Road is a road in the SW11 postcode area
Oyster Wharf, SW11 A street within the SW11 postcode
Park South, SW11 Park South is one of the streets of London in the SW11 postal area.
Parkfield Industrial Estate, SW11 Parkfield Industrial Estate is one of the streets of London in the SW11 postal area.
Parkham Street, SW11 Parkham Street is a road in the SW11 postcode area
Parkside Street, SW11 Parkside Street is a road in the SW11 postcode area
Petworth Street, SW11 Petworth Street was laid out in the late nineteenth century linking two bridge approaches - Albert Bridge Road and Battersea Bridge Road.
Pier Terrace, SW18 Pier Terrace is one of the streets of London in the SW18 postal area.
Plantation Wharf, SW11 Plantation Wharf is one of the streets of London in the SW11 postal area.
Plough Road, SW11 Plough Road is one of the streets of London in the SW11 postal area.
Port House Square Rigger Row, SW11 A street within the SW11 postcode
Port House, SW11 A street within the SW11 postcode
Prince Of Wales Drive, SW11 Prince Of Wales Drive is one of the streets of London in the SW11 postal area.
Randall Close, SW11 Randall Close is one of the streets of London in the SW11 postal area.
Ravenet Street, SW8 Ravenet Street is a road in the SW8 postcode area
Rawson Street, SW8 Rawson Street is a road in the SW8 postcode area
Reef House, SW11 A street within the SW11 postcode
Reform Street, SW11 Reform Street is a road in the SW11 postcode area
Riverside Plaza, SW11 Riverside Plaza is a road in the SW11 postcode area
Rosenau Road, SW11 Rosenau Road was named after Schloss Rosenau, the birthplace and boyhood home of Prince Albert of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha, who became the consort of Queen Victoria.
Rowditch Lane, SW11 Rowditch Lane is a road in the SW11 postcode area
Rowena Crescent, SW11 Rowena Crescent was once called Zulu Crescent.
Roydon Close, SW11 A street within the SW11 postcode
Sheepcote Lane, SW11 Sheepcote Lane is one of the streets of London in the SW11 postal area.
Shellwood Road, SW11 Shellwood Road is a road in the SW11 postcode area
Simpson Street, SW11 Simpson Street is a road in the SW11 postcode area
Soudan Road, SW11 Soudan Road is a road in the SW11 postcode area
South/Austin Road, SW11 A street within the SW11 postcode
Southbank Business Centre, SW11 Southbank Business Centre is one of the streets of London in the SW11 postal area.
Spinnaker House, SW18 A street within the SW18 postcode
St James Court, SW11 St James Court is one of the streets of London in the SW11 postal area.
Strasburg Road, SW11 Strasburg Road is one of the streets of London in the SW11 postal area.
Sullivan Close, SW11 Sullivan Close is a road in the SW11 postcode area
Surrey Lane, SW11 Surrey Lane is one of the streets of London in the SW11 postal area.
The Old Laundry Alexander Studios, SW11 The Old Laundry Alexander Studios is one of the streets of London in the SW11 postal area.
The Parkgate Road, SW11 The Parkgate Road is one of the streets of London in the SW11 postal area.
Thomas Baines Road, SW11 Thomas Baines Road is one of the streets of London in the SW11 postal area.
Tours Passage, SW11 Tours Passage is a road in the SW11 postcode area
Trott Street, SW11 Trott Street is a road in the SW11 postcode area
Ursula Street, SW11 Ursula Street is a road in the SW11 postcode area
Usk Road, SW11 Usk Road is a road in the SW11 postcode area
Vicarage Walk, SW11 Vicarage Walk is a road in the SW11 postcode area
Vicentia Court, SW11 A street within the SW11 postcode
Wallis Close, SW11 A street within the SW11 postcode
Wandsworth Bridge, SW18 Wandsworth Bridge is a road in the SW18 postcode area
Warriner Gardens, SW11 Warriner Gardens is one of the streets of London in the SW11 postal area.
Watford Close, SW11 Watford Close is a small street on the Ethelburga Estate.
Weekley Square, SW11 A street within the SW11 postcode
Westbridge Road, SW11 Westbridge Road is one of the streets of London in the SW11 postal area.
Winders Road, SW11 Winders Road runs from Shuttleworth Road to Battersea Park Road.
Windrush Close, SW11 A street within the SW11 postcode
Wolftencroft Close, SW11 Wolftencroft Close is a road in the SW11 postcode area
Worfield Street, SW11 Worfield Street runs north from Rosenau Road towards Parkgate Road.
Wye Street, SW11 Wye Street is one of the streets of London in the SW11 postal area.
Wynter Street, SW11 Wynter Street is one of the streets of London in the SW11 postal area.
Yelverton Road, SW11 Yelverton Road is one of the streets of London in the SW11 postal area.
York Place, SW11 York Place is a road in the SW11 postcode area
York Road, SW11 York Road is one of the streets of London in the SW11 postal area.
York Road, SW18 York Road is one of the streets of London in the SW18 postal area.
Zulu Mews, SW11 Zulu Mews lies within the curve of a Battersea railway.


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