Battersea has constantly reinvented itself since the time of the Industrial Revolution, when it was transformed from a fertile agricultural plain providing food for the city of London to a thriving Victorian commercial zone of railway tracks, warehouses and factories. But Battersea’s industrial infrastructure eventually became outdated, giving the area a slightly down-at-heel reputation during the middle decades of the 20th century.
However by the early 1970s Londoners were becoming aware of the area’s huge potential and its regeneration officially began in 1972 when Battersea Square – with its delightful Victorian and Georgian town houses and traditional shop fronts - was designated as a conservation area.
Development continued throughout the 1980s, at which time the old industrial buildings along the riverside were gradually replaced by high quality housing designed by award-winning architects. The stage is now set for the ambitious Nine Elms Project, which will transform the iconic Power Station site and connect Battersea to the London underground network for the first time.
Battersea’s residents have also changed over the centuries, with railway staff, dockers and factory replacing the area’s traditional farm workers in Victorian times. In the 20th century Battersea was a network of tightly-knit working class communities (also home to some colourful characters, including well known London villains) but today’s residents are mainly young professionals attracted by the area’s riverside location and proximity to central London. Kingfisher House, close to the river and with good transport links, is an example of the fabulous, high quality apartments available here.
Families are also drawn to Battersea for its good schools, independent shops, traditional housing stock and access to open green spaces. Lavender Gardens is close to excellent schools and within a few minutes’ walk of Clapham Common: the stunning ground floor flat with garden available here is ideal for a small family.
With its close proximity to central London, Battersea has always been a hub for change and renewal, and the changes taking place now are set to make Battersea one of the most exciting areas in the capital. If you want to ring the changes in your own life, Battersea lettings agent Winchester White can help you find your perfect new home. With an unparalleled, in-depth knowledge of the local area, our expert negotiators can guide you towards making that successful new beginning in 2016, so call us today to get started.