Battersea is situated in the London Borough of Wandsworth on the south side of the River Thames. It takes it name from the old village of Battersea, a former island settlement that is now marked by St Mary's Church, in the district of Southwark. The island was originally inhabited by fishermen during the 1700's and almost all of the locals were dependent on fishing and farming for a living. In 1930 the first super power electricity station was built, going on to become a London landmark and providing power for London for fifty years before being closed.
Battersea Park is one of London's inner city green spaces, with its historic, formal gardens running alongside the River and offers many varied recreational activities, including boating on the lake and a small animal zoo.
Type of property found in Battersea
The great attraction of Battersea is that it is just over the river from Chelsea and is connected by the beautiful and historic Albert Bridge and further east, Chelsea Bridge.
The area offers a variety of properties:
The modern architecture of the new, ultra contemporary riverside developments like Albion Riverside and Montevetro are found along the River to the west of Albert Bridge.
Handsome Edwardian mansion blocks lining Albert Bridge Road and Prince of Wales Drive, with views of the Park, command premium prices.
There is a huge stock of large Victorian houses in conservation areas collectively known as "The Sisters", with smaller period houses in Edna Street, Orbel Street and Henning Street. The Shaftsbury Estate comprises cottages in Morrison Street, Sabine Road and Grayshott Road with the grid around Afghan Road and Rowena Crescent forming the area known as "Little India".
Impressive, larger period houses can be found in Kersley Street , Soudan Road and Kassala Road.
With the future relocation of the American Embassy to Nine Elms, the area will undergo a huge transformation and will ultimately form a contemporary, new community area with shops and restaurants, making this new Battersea area as popular as living around the Park.
Schools in Battersea
Popular independent schools include Thomas's and Newton Prep and L'ecole de Battersea, as well as excellent state primary and secondary schools in the area: Battersea Park School, Bolingbroke Academy and Chelsea Academy.
Nearby Clapham Junction provides fast, overground trains to Waterloo and Victoria and also to Gatwick and other mainline stations. Although there is currently no underground station at Battersea, within the next three years the Northern Line will be extended thereby putting the area on the underground map. There are numerous bus routes linking Battersea to Fulham, Central London and Chelsea.
Council Tax Rates for London Borough of Wandsworth
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* Residents living near to Wimbledon and Putney Commons and Putney Heath pay a small additional amount to the Wimbledon and Putney Commons Conservators (WPCC) which funds the upkeep of these open spaces.