Battersea in Pictures

Below are some pictures of Battersea, emblems of Battersea and other Battersea bits and pieces. It is intended to add more over time, including groupings such as 'best pubs' or 'Battersea characters'. We invite visitors to this site to send their own favourite views or ideas for us to consider - click on 'Contact' on the index for contact details. 

Almost all the photographs were taken during 2008 and 2009.

Descriptions are provided below each picture.

Please do let us know if we have made any errors in the text or omitted pictures you think should be here!



Coat of Arms of the old Metropolitan Borough of Battersea

- the motto means: "Not for Me, Not for You, But for Us"


Old (unofficial) Battersea coat of arms welcoming people to Battersea as they cross Chelsea Bridge - this version was replaced by a formal grant of arms to the Metroplitan Borough of Battersea from the College of Arms



An original surviving sign that used to greet people as they entered the Metropolitan Borough of Battersea - it shows the official registered arms that replaced the old one used before


'Battersea Mural' in Dagnall Street - probably one of the most magnificent pictures of Battersea ever painted


The Balloon in the mural....perhaps with the artist inside the basket


Battersea Power Station as featured on the mural


Battersea coat of arms above the entrance to Battersea Reference Library in Altenburg Gardens



The same coat of arms in mosaic form on the floor of the entrance hall of the Grand Hall inside the BAC. The blue may look as if its on the wrong side of the shield, but Battersea had adopted this design unofficially, before formalising it at a later date. Some panels were repainted to match the new official design - see above. 

NOTE Oct'12: we thank Tref Davies of the BAC, now on the site of the old Town Hall, for getting in touch with us and confirming this bit of historical detail - the different designs have sometimes confused people, including us!


The carving above the entrance to the old Battersea Town Hall (i.e. the BAC)



Old Battersea Town Hall (now the Battersea Arts Centre - BAC)


 St John's Road by Clapham Junction


Northcote Road - at the centre of South Battersea, Between the Commons



Albert Bridge - gateway to Battersea


Battersea Square, at the top of Battersea High Street



St Mary's Church Battersea


The classical west door of St. Mary's Church on the river, Battersea


Battersea Bridge



Chelsea Bridge crossing to Battersea Park and Battersea Wharf



Albert Bridge, the Peace Pagoda and Battersea Power Station



The Peace Pagoda in Battersea Park



The "Heart of Battersea"



Going "down The Junction"



'Arding & Hobbs' - Battersea's grand old department store at Clapham Junction (now Debenhams)



Debenhams / Arding & Hobbs (junction of Lavender Hill and St. John's Rd)





Clapham Junction Station, St. John's Hill, Battersea



The Grand, St. John's Hill - one of Battersea's old surviving theatres



The Windsor Castle Pub, next to the old Clapham Junction Station building



The Original Clapham Junction Station building on St. John's Hill, once owned by the "London Brighton and South Coast Railway"



Welcome to Clapham Junction Station - today's entrance off St. John's Hill



Proud boast of Battersea......but without the modern facilities to make it Britain's most comfortable railway station.....



Clapham Junction Station, from the Peabody Estate on St. John's Hill



Platform 10 - to Vauxhall and Waterloo - well known to City workers (view looking back away from Waterloo)



Platform 11 and 12 (to Victoria) - view along the track showing a train leaving Platform 10 to Waterloo, with two of the famous chimneys of Battersea Power Station visible in the distance

 






Battersea Reference Library, Altenburg Gardens and the Battersea emblems and motto above the entrance door "Non Mihi, Non Tibi, Sed Nobis"



Battersea District Library, Lavender Hill



Lavender Hill - Battersea Post Office on left, Battersea Library on right



St. Barnabas's Church, Battersea (Clapham Common Northside)



Parish Boundary Posts of Battersea and Clapham in Wix's Lane and (below) on Clapham Common - more are to be found on Wandsworth Common



The Avenue, Clapham Common (on the Battersea side of the Common)



"Battersea Woods" on the west side of Clapham Common that was once known as "Battersea East Heath"



The clock on St Mary's Church Battersea, as the sun is setting



Another clock....another time - the old Arding & Hobbs clock and the moon


 

Welsh Chapel, Beauchamp Road off Lavender Hill (the milk trade and railways brought a lot of Welsh people to the Clapham Junction area)



Battersea Rise looking east, by Leathwaite Road



Battersea Rise looking west, with a view of St. Mark's Church



The grand 'gateway' to the Shaftesbury Estate below Lavender Hill



Lavender Hill



Two of "The Falcons" on Grant Road, seen from Lavender Hill



View across North Battersea from Lavender Hill, showing the Sacred Heart Roman Catholic Church, Orbel Street in the centre of the picture and the Montevetro Building beyond



The Doddington Estate running parallel with Battersea Park Road



Side of the Marco Polo building, Queenstown Road by Battersea Park



Sir Walter St John's School, founded in 1700 (now 'Thomas's Battersea'), Battersea High Street



The coat of arms of Sir Walter St John on the side of the school - the St John family were Lords of the Manor of Battersea, lived in the old Manor House and gave their name to St John's Hill, St John's Road etc. When the Metropolitan Borough of Battersea gained an official coat of arms it took the design of a star shown in the St John arms above, but used 16 representing the number of Wards in the Borough at the time 



A view of Trade Tower on the Battersea waterfront from St. John's Hill



Lovely old building on St. John's Hill at the corner of St. John's Hill Grove



St. John's Hill - view along south side by Spencer Road



Mural on the corner of Italian restaurant Cucina Napolitana



The award winning St. John's Therapy Centre on St. John's Hill - won a national prize in the Civic Awards for Architecture in June 2008



St. John's Hill looking east towards Clapham Junction



St. Paul's Church, St. John's Hill (now the home of L.A.R.A.)



John Bloxham Gallery - Battersea's most well known art gallery, located on St. John's Hill.....John Bloxham has become a Battersea institution



Churchill's on St. John's Road - not sure if they sell the great man's favourite desert wine Chateau d'Yquem

 


A well known resident of the Battersea riverside - the ubiquitous Shag or Cormorant



Old barge by St. Mary's Church, Battersea - 'Montreal'



The main entrance hall to the BAC with the grand staircase



The side entrance to the BAC leading to the Grand Hall



Inside the entrance to the Grand Hall, BAC



The glass roof above the Grand Hall's entrance hall




Battersea Bees on the mosaic floor of the entrance hall in the BAC - bees were a symbol of Battersea that allude to the lavender fields that used to exist around what is now Lavender Hill, that were full of bees irresistibly attracted by the lavender flowers



The Beehive Pub - St. John's Hill......drinking hole of the Battersea Bees !



Battersea Park Station, Battersea Park Road



Battersea Park Station - decayed grandeur on display



Plaque on the bridge by Battersea Park Station - an echo from the past

 


Platform 4 to Victoria, Battersea Park Station



One of the famous Battersea Power Station towers....made to look small



Battersea Gas Tower, a landmark by Battersea Park Station



Railway bridge across Queenstown Road by Battersea Park Road



View west down Battersea Park Road, from Queenstown Road, with Castlemaine Tower brilliant in the morning sun



Castlemaine Tower, St. James' Grove Estate, Culvert Road



The old Raven pub in Westbridge Road, Battersea



The Northcote, on the corner of Northcote Road and Battersea Rise





The Haberdashers Arms, Culvert Road



Some 'Haberdashers'



A Darts match at the Haberdashers



The Lighthouse, Battersea Park Road (formerly The Clockhouse)



The Latchmere - pub and Theatre, Battersea Park Road



The Fox & Hounds, Latchmere Road





The Falcon Pub at Clapham Junction - the original pub was on the banks of the old Falcon Brook, whose source was in the high ground of Tooting and whose course lies under Northcote Road, St. John's Road and Falcon Road towards the River Thames - in 2007 flash floods saw it run again ! 



The Castle, Battersea High Street



.........the new sign



..........and the old



The Woodman, Battersea High Street



.......and its sign



Battersea barge by Albion Wharf, evoking the busy old river life of Battersea 



Battersea swan by Battersea Bridge



Two of Battersea Power Station's gleaming towers



......and two gleaming peaks above Battersea



Millennium Arena, Battersea Park



Entrance to the Millennium Arena



Triffid (?) growing up the side of the Millennium Arena



New developments along Queenstown Road overlooking Battersea Park - these type of developments are transforming Battersea's river front and environs and changing the character of Battersea



........continued



........an older Battersea shows itself above the new



Battersea Reach - another new development along the river front, at the very western edge of Battersea



 War Memorial to those who laid down their lives in the First and Second World Wars, on the side of the Church of the Ascension, Lavender Hill



The entrance to the Church of the Ascension



The Church of the Ascension, Lavender Hill - the church is an impressive landmark that can be clearly seen from the London Eye



The 2008 memorial to Battersea men, women and children killed in the blitz during the Second World War - this replaced the original that was stolen



Hidden away on the wall of a darkened back staircase in the BAC (the former Town Hall of Battersea - a memorial to 10th (Service) Battalion, The Queen's (Royal West Surrey) Regiment to honour its members who lost their lives in The Great War 1914-1919; the Battalion was raised in the Borough of Battersea, formed part of the 41st Division and greatly distinguished itself in 1916 at Flers, in 1917 at Messines Ridge and in 1918 at the Ypres Salient



On the neighbouring wall, details of the Vestry Hall of St. Mary Battersea in January 1864 - the "Vestry Hall" was the local government parish authority that pre-dated the formation of the Metropolitan Borough of Battersea; this board records the names of key people involved in running Battersea