You’ll be proud to live on this great Edwardian estate
Lying to the south of Battersea Park Road and to the north east side of Latchmere Road, this conservation area, named after reformer John Burns, was a flagship housing development known as the Latchmere Estate, and its houses reflect the work of highly skilled Edwardian builders.
Names like ‘Reform Street’ and ‘Freedom Street’ show just how much love and care went into providing good homes for poor working families. These houses were equipped with every mod con – even electricity – in an attempt to create a development of which the community could be justly proud.
The Latchmere Estate was built to last, and in 1974 it was granted conservation status by Wandsworth Council, ensuring that its neat, red brick terraces with Welsh slate roofs will last to the end of this century and even beyond.
These days the John Burns Conservation Area is still a desirable place to live and residents value being close to Battersea Park, with its children’s play facilities, boating lake and all-weather sports pitches.
Shopping and leisure
While the main roads in this area are dotted with convenience stores, restaurants and pubs, most Battersea residents head for the area around Clapham Junction and Northcote Road for a wider choice of shops.
Theatre fans will enjoy the programme of contemporary plays on offer at the Latchmere pub’s Theatre503 and the Battersea Arts Centre. There are also some great pubs and restaurants along Battersea Bridge Road and Latchmere Road but one of this area’s greatest attractions is the ability to pop across the river to sample Chelsea’s stylish restaurants, bars and shops.
If you enjoy keeping fit the local Latchmere Leisure Centre offers a pool, a gym and a children’s playzone, but there’s much more on offer just a couple of streets away in Battersea Park, with 83 hectares of recreational space that includes a boating lake, a bandstand and all-weather sports facilities. There’s even an art gallery and a small children’s zoo and there’s always plenty to do, as the park holds festivals and events throughout the year.
Travel from the Burns Conservation Area
This area is equidistant from Clapham Junction and Battersea Park railway stations. At Clapham Junction you can pick up direct national rail connections to Victoria (only six minutes away), Waterloo and Gatwick. You can also travel by overground from here to Wimbledon, Richmond, Kingston and the south and west suburbs and there are direct connections to north west and north east London.
Trains leaving Battersea Park go to Croydon, Dorking, Epsom, Guildford, Highbury and Islington, London Bridge and Victoria, while local buses include routes 44, 344, 345, 49 and 319.
Finding the right school
The John Burns Primary School, described by Ofsted as ‘Good with outstanding features’ is just a short distance from this conservation area. Nearby Shaftesbury Park Primary School and Christ Church C of E Primary School have also been rated as ‘Good’. The Newton Preparatory School, close to Battersea Park Station, is a popular private school for boys and girls aged 3-13.
The Harris Academy is a mixed state secondary school recently opened by the Harris Federation, a successful educational charity with a large portfolio of schools judged ‘Outstanding’ by Ofsted. Independent secondary schools in the wider area include the Dominie School, the Thames Christian College and Eaton House the Manor School.
If you want to live in this historic community close to Battersea Park, then lettings experts Winchester White can guide your search. Call our expert team today to start viewing flats and houses in this area.