Why Shaftesbury Park Estate is still a phenomenal place to live
Built in the 1870s to provide decent accommodation for working class people, Shaftesbury Park Estate was described as a “social phenomenon” by Benjamin Disraeli, the Prime Minister of the day. This well-known Victorian housing estate in the borough of Wandsworth is one of the most sought-after residential districts in Battersea. Comprising over 1,200 houses, it lies north of Lavender Hill and Clapham Common and to the east of Clapham Junction station.
This attractive network of streets was created by the Victorian architect Robert Austin and his design hints at the gothic style which was so fashionable at the time. There are some lovely period properties here but not all houses are the same: the architectural detail has been varied to provide individual character whilst ensuring that the estate retains a distinctive overall identity.
Many of the properties on the estate are currently owned and maintained by the Peabody Trust but as the Trust gradually releases more units, they are becoming available to rent.
Shopping and leisure
You’ll find a range of convenience stores including pharmacists, newsagents and supermarkets running along Lavender Hill (the A3036) just south of the Shaftesbury Estate, but the main shopping area is in nearby Clapham Junction and further on down the Northcote Road (voted by listeners to Radio 4’s ‘Today’ programme as London’s second favourite shopping street).
There are also a number of highly-rated restaurants close to the Shaftesbury Park Estate, including the authentic Italian restaurants The Lavender and Donna Margherita. The Lavender Hill traders’ association runs an annual festival designed to highlight the quality and diversity of local shopping.
If you enjoy cutting edge theatre for adults and children then the Battersea Arts Centre, with an exciting programme of theatre, workshops and talks is within easy reach.
The huge expanse of Battersea Park, with its boating lake, sports facilities and children’s play areas, is just a few streets away to the north.
Travel from the Shaftesbury Park Estate
Travelling by national rail services from Clapham Junction station, to the west of the estate, you can reach Victoria Station in only six minutes and Waterloo in twelve minutes. You can also travel to Wimbledon, Richmond, Kingston and the suburbs to the south and west. The overground service also offers direct connections to north west and north east London and there’s a direct service to Gatwick Airport (approximately 30 minutes).
Alternatively Clapham Common tube station, with its Northern Line routes serving the West End and City, is just a short bus ride away.
Local bus routes serving the estate and neighbouring roads include the G1, 77, 87, 156, 345, N87.
Finding the right school
If you live on the Shaftesbury Park Estate you’ll have a choice of three state primary schools rated ‘Good’ by Ofsted: Shaftesbury Park Primary School, John Burns Primary School and Christ Church C of E Primary School. The Ecole du Parc is a fee-paying independent school also judged as ‘Good’. The Newton Preparatory School, close to Battersea Park Station, is a 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 include the Dominie School, the Thames Christian College and Eaton House the Manor School.
Call Winchester White for a list of rental properties available in the Shaftesbury Park Estate area. This is a charming, characterful and highly sought-after part of Battersea offering excellent transport links to all parts of London.