Orbis Wharf, SW11

Block in/near Battersea .

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Orbis Wharf stands on Bridges Court Road.

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Peter H Davies   
Added: 17 Jun 2021 09:33 GMT   

Ethelburga Estate
The Ethelburga Estate - named after Ethelburga Road - was an LCC development dating between 1963�’65. According to the Wikipedia, it has a "pleasant knitting together of a series of internal squares". I have to add that it’s extremely dull :)

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Lived here
Added: 1 May 2021 16:46 GMT   

Cheyne Place, SW3
Frances Faviell, author of the Blitz memoir, "A Chelsea Concerto", lived at 33, Cheyne Place, which was destroyed by a bomb. She survived, with her husband and unborn baby.

Born here
Joyce Taylor   
Added: 5 Apr 2021 21:05 GMT   

Lavender Road, SW11
MyFather and Grand father lived at 100 Lavender Road many years .I was born here.

Added: 22 Aug 2023 12:42 GMT   

Spicer Street
My grandfather was born in Spicer Street in 1910 and his family lived there for many years from the early 1900s to WWII. He remembered Zeppelin raids as a child during WW1. He left school at 12 and was apprenticed at the Army & Navy stores where he worked to become a silversmith following in his father’s footsteps. As an adult, with a wife and two infant children, he was placed on essential war work and moved at the height of the Blitz to be relocated in Worcestershire where he worked at a newly-founded aircraft factory.

Sue L   
Added: 13 Oct 2023 17:21 GMT   

Duffield Street, Battersea
I’ve been looking for ages for a photo of Duffield Street without any luck.
My mother and grandfather lived there during the war. It was the first property he was able to buy but sadly after only a few months they were bombed out. My mother told the story that one night they were aware of a train stopping above them in the embankment. It was full of soldiers who threw out cigarettes and sweets at about four in the morning. They were returning from Dunkirk though of course my mother had no idea at the time. I have heard the same story from a different source too.


Added: 24 Sep 2023 19:09 GMT   

Meyrick Rd
My family - Roe - lived in poverty at 158 Meyrick Rd in the 1920s, moving to 18 Lavender Terrace in 1935. They also lived in York Rd at one point. Alf, Nell (Ellen), plus children John, Ellen (Did), Gladys, Joyce & various lodgers. Alf worked for the railway (LMS).



Matthew Proctor   
Added: 7 Dec 2023 17:36 GMT   

Blackheath Grove, SE3
Road was originally known as The Avenue, then became "The Grove" in 1942.

From 1864 there was Blackheath Wesleyan Methodist Chapel on this street until it was destroyed by a V2 in 1944

Added: 4 Dec 2023 07:05 GMT   

Gambia Street, SE1
Gambia Street was previously known as William Street.

Added: 10 Nov 2023 09:42 GMT   

Brecknock Road Pleating Company
My great grandparents ran the Brecknock Road pleating Company around 1910 to 1920 and my Grandmother worked there as a pleater until she was 16. I should like to know more about this. I know they had a beautiful Victorian house in Islington as I have photos of it & of them in their garden.

Source: Family history

Added: 6 Nov 2023 16:59 GMT   

Why do Thames Water not collect the 15 . Three meter lengths of blue plastic fencing, and old pipes etc. They left here for the last TWO Years, these cause an obstruction,as they halfway lying in the road,as no footpath down this road, and the cars going and exiting the park are getting damaged, also the public are in Grave Danger when trying to avoid your rubbish and the danger of your fences.

Source: Squirrels Lane. Buckhurst Hill, Essex. IG9. I want some action ,now, not Excuses.MK.


Added: 31 Oct 2023 10:34 GMT   

Cornwall Road, W11
Photo shows William Richard Hoare’s chemist shop at 121 Cornwall Road.


Added: 30 Oct 2023 18:48 GMT   

Old pub sign from the Rising Sun
Hi I have no connection to the area except that for the last 30+ years we’ve had an old pub sign hanging on our kitchen wall from the Rising Sun, Stanwell, which I believe was / is on the Oaks Rd. Happy to upload a photo if anyone can tell me how or where to do that!

Phillip Martin   
Added: 16 Oct 2023 06:25 GMT   

16 Ashburnham Road
On 15 October 1874 George Frederick Martin was born in 16 Ashburnham Road Greenwich to George Henry Martin, a painter, and Mary Martin, formerly Southern.

Lived here
Christine Bithrey   
Added: 15 Oct 2023 15:20 GMT   

The Hollies (1860 - 1900)
I lived in Holly Park Estate from 1969 I was 8 years old when we moved in until I left to get married, my mother still lives there now 84. I am wondering if there was ever a cemetery within The Hollies? And if so where? Was it near to the Blythwood Road end or much nearer to the old Methodist Church which is still standing although rather old looking. We spent most of our childhood playing along the old dis-used railway that run directly along Blythwood Road and opposite Holly Park Estate - top end which is where we live/ed. We now walk my mothers dog there twice a day. An elderly gentleman once told me when I was a child that there used to be a cemetery but I am not sure if he was trying to scare us children! I only thought about this recently when walking past the old Methodist Church and seeing the flag stone in the side of the wall with the inscription of when it was built late 1880

If anyone has any answers please email me [email protected]


Altura Tower, SW11 Altura Tower can be found on Bridges Court.
Badric Court, SW11 Designed in 1967 by William Ryder & Associates, Badric Court is a large quadrangular block.
Badric Road, SW11 Badric Road was laid out in 1868 as Urswicke Road.
Banyan House, SW6 Banyan House is sited on Thames Path.
Box Tree House, SW6 Box Tree House is a block on Lensbury Avenue.
Bridges Court Road, SW11 Bridges Court Road serves the heliport as well as a number of riverside developments.
Bridges Court, SW11 Bridges Court is a block on Bridges Court.
Bridges Wharf, SW11 Bridges Wharf was designed by architects Chantrey Ltd for the Weston Group in 2009.
Byam Street, SW6 Byam Street, forms part of the London suburb of Fulham
Calico House, SW11 Calico House is a 1990s-era residential block.
Calico Row, SW11 Calico Row is one of the roads of Plantation Wharf.
Candlemakers Apartments, SW11 The Candlemakers development was built by Wimpey on the corner of York Road.
Central Avenue, SW6 Central Avenue is a location in Fulham
Central Garden Apartments, SW6 Central Garden Apartments is a block on Townmead Road.
Chatfield Road, SW11 Chatfield Road was formerly known as Sewell Street.
Chesterton House, SW11 Chesterton House can be found on Ingrave Street.
Cinnamon Row, SW11 Cinnamon Row is a 1990s-era street.
Clove Hitch Quay, SW11 Clove Hitch Quay runs along the riverside of Plantation Wharf.
Consort House, SW6 Consort House can be found on Lensbury Avenue.
Coppock Close, SW11 Coppock Close is part of the Kambala Estate.
Cotton Row, SW11 Cotton Row, formerly part of York Place, leads to the Thames.
Cyprus House, SW6 Cyprus House is a block on Townmead Road.
Darien Road, SW11 Darien Road is one of the streets of London in the SW11 postal area.
Dolphin House, SW6 Dolphin House can be found on Lensbury Avenue.
Eldred Place, SW11 Canterbury Place - founded in 1842 - became Eldred Place after 1910.
Ensign House, SW11 Ensign House is part of the 2002-built Battersea Reach development.
Ensign House, SW18 Ensign House can be found on Juniper Drive.
Fairchild Close, SW11 Fairchild Close is a housing development between Wye Street and York Road on the former sites of Lithgow Street and Tibet Street.
Falcon Wharf, SW11 Falcon Wharf is a cluster of four 18-storey back-to-back bright blue ceramic curved towers, built in 2006.
Farrant House, SW11 Residential block
Fawcett Close, SW11 Fawcett Close is one of the streets of London in the SW11 postal area.
Fenner Square, SW11 A street within the SW11 postcode
Field Place, SW11 Field Place - also Play Place (after 1937) - was a small road in Battersea.
Fowler Close, SW11 Fowler Close is a road in the SW11 postcode area
Gaitskell Court, SW11 Gaitskell Court is located on Shuttleworth Road.
Galleon Court, SW11 Galleon Court is a block on Lavender Road.
Ganley Road, SW11 Ganley Road runs off Newcomen Road.
Gartons Way, SW11 Gartons Way is one of the streets of London in the SW11 postal area.
George Potter House, SW11 George Potter House is a block on Battersea High Street.
Glenrosa Street, SW6 This is a street in the SW6 postcode area
Grant Road, SW11 Grant Road is one of the streets of London in the SW11 postal area.
Gurney Road, SW6 Gurney Road lies in Fulham
Gwynne Road, SW11 Gwynne Road dates from the 1860s.
Harroway Road, SW11 Harroway Road was laid out to plans by George Todd.
Hawthorn House, SW6 Hawthorn House is a block on Townmead Road.
Heaver Road, SW11 Heaver Road, now a cul-de-sac, once ran eastwards to Falcon Road.
Hibbert Street, SW11 Hibbert Street is a road in the SW11 postcode area
Hicks Close, SW11 Hicks Close leads north from Ingrave Street.
Holgate Avenue, SW11 Holgate Avenue was originally known as Britannia Place before being renamed to Holgate Avenue in 1931.
Holliday Square, SW11 A street within the SW11 postcode
Holman Road, SW11 Holman Road, an east-west street, dates from 1868.
Holtby Place, SW11 The former Edmund’s Place was renamed Holtby Place in 1914.
Hope Street, SW11 Hope Street is a road in the SW11 postcode area
Imperial Crescent, SW6 Imperial Crescent is part of Fulham
Ingrave Street, SW11 Ingrave Street runs west from Falcon Road.
Ingravenue Street, SW11 A street within the SW11 postcode
Ivory House, SW11 Ivory House is a riverside block in Battersea.
John Kirk House, SW11 John Kirk House can be found on Mantua Street.
John Parker Square, SW11 A street within the SW11 postcode
Kambala Road, SW11 Kambala Road lies along the line of a former street called Natal Road.
Kamballa Road, SW11 Kamballa Road ran from Natal Road to Falcon Road.
Kilkie Street, SW6 Kilkie Street is a location in Fulham
Kiloh Court, SW11 Kiloh Court is one of the streets of London in the SW11 postal area.
Kingfisher House, SW18 Kingfisher House is a riverside block.
Lavender Road, SW11 Lavender Road is one of the streets of London in the SW11 postal area.
Leeward House, SW11 Leeward House is a 1990s block.
Lensbury House, SW6 Lensbury House is a block on William Morris Way.
Lindrop Street, SW6 Lindrop Street is part of Fulham
Lithgow Street, SW11 Lithgow Street had two predecessors: Francis Street and Grove Lane.
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.
Mahogany House, SW6 Mahogany House is sited on Lensbury Avenue.
Mantua Street, SW11 Mantua Street started its story in the 1860s.
McDermott Close, SW11 McDermott Close is a road in the SW11 postcode area
Mckiernan Court, SW11 A street within the SW11 postcode
McManus House, SW11 McManus House is located on York Road.
Mendip Court, SW11 Mendip Court is a block beside the River Thames.
Mendip Crescent, SW11 Mendip Crescent was a block, possibly dating from the 1930s.
Mendip Road, SW11 Mendip Road was developed Edward Pain, born in Somerset in 1804, and named by him after Somerset hills.
Meyrick Road, SW11 Meyrick Road is a road in the SW11 postcode area
Molasses House, SW11 Molasses House is a block on Molasses Row.
Mollases House, SW11 Mollases House is a riverside block.
Mollases Row, SW11 Mollases Row is one of a series of 1990s roads in Plantation Wharf.
Musjid Road, SW11 Musjid Road is a shadow of its former self.
Newcomen Road, SW11 Newcomen Road is a road in the SW11 postcode area
Olive House, SW6 Olive House is a block on Townmead Road.
Orville Road, SW11 Orville Road is a road in the SW11 postcode area
Oyster Wharf, SW11 Oyster Wharf was built between 2002 and 2004 by Barratt Homes to designs by PRC Fewster Architects.
Passenger House, SW6 Passenger House is a building on William Morris Way
Port House, SW11 Port House is on the corner of Cinnamon Row.
Prices Court, SW11 Prices Court consists of four residential blocks arranged around a courtyard.
Querrin Street, SW6 Querrin Street lies within the SW6 postal area
Redwood House, SW6 Redwood House is a block on Townmead Road.
Reef House, SW11 Reef House is an office block dating from the 1990s.
Regal House, SW6 Regal House is located on Lensbury Avenue.
Regent House, SW11 Regent House is a block on Lombard Road.
River Reach, SW11 River Reach serves a Battersea business zone.
Royal House, SW6 Royal House is located on Gurney Road.
rr, SW6 Salisbury House is a block on Gurney Road.
Sailmakers Court, SW6 Sailmakers Court is a block on William Morris Way.
Scholey House, SW11 Scholey House can be found on Sullivan Close.
Sesame Apartments, SW11 Sesame Apartments are on Holman Road.
Shell House, SW6 Shell House is a block on Gurney Road.
Sherwood Court, SW11 Sherwood Court is nine-storey block built by Berkeley Homes.
Simpson Street, SW11 Simpson Street is a road in the SW11 postcode area
Spice Court, SW11 Spice Court is a block next to Ivory House.
Steelworks Road, SW11 Steelworks Road was an industrial road of Battersea.
Stephendale Road, SW6 Stephendale Road is in the Fulham area
Stevendale Road, SW6 Stevendale Road is part of Fulham
Sullivan Close, SW11 Sullivan Close runs south from Ingrave Street.
Thomas Baines Road, SW11 Thomas Baines Road is one of the streets of London in the SW11 postal area.
Totteridge House, SW11 Totteridge House - a 21-storey tower - dates from 1971.
Totteridge Road, SW11 Totteridge Road lasted a century between 1868 and 1969.
Townmead Business Centre, SW6 Townmead Business Centre is in the Fulham part of the SW6 area
Townmead Road, SW6 Townmead Road is a location in Fulham
Trade Tower, SW11 Trade Tower is part of the Plantation Wharf development.
Tynemouth Street, SW6 Tynemouth Street is part of Fulham
Vicentia Court, SW11 A street within the SW11 postcode
Wallis Close, SW11 A street within the SW11 postcode
Waterfront House, SW11 Waterfront House is a block on Lombard Road.
Watermans Quay, SW6 Watermans Quay is part of Fulham
Watermeadow Lane, SW6 Watermeadow Lane is in the Fulham part of the SW6 area
Wilberforce House, SW11 Wilberforce House is located on York Road.
William Morris Way, SW6 William Morris Way is part of Fulham
Winders Road, SW11 Winders Road runs from Shuttleworth Road to Battersea Park Road.
Windward House, SW11 Windward House is a 1990s-era block.
Winstanley Road, SW11 Winstanley Road is one of the streets of London in the SW11 postal area.
Wolftencroft Close, SW11 Wolftencroft Close is a road in the SW11 postcode area
Wye Street, SW11 Wye Street is one of the streets of London in the SW11 postal area.
Yelverton Road, SW11 Yelverton Road has survived the redevelopment which overtook other nearby streets.
York Place, SW11 York Place is an old roadname of the area.
York Road, SW11 York Road is an older road of Battersea.

The Asparagus The Asparagus is a Weatherspoon’s pub on the corner of Falcon Road.

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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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Badric Road, SW11 (1950s)
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Battersea High Street
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Coppock Close
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Badric Road, SW11 (1950s)
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Riverside apartments at Imperial Wharf (2016)
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Ingrave Street
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Mendip Crescent (1982) One year later, this block was demolished.
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