Feature Articles Archive

  1. Boozers, Bombs and Bodies: the forgotten church of Nine Elms

    The original parish church of Battersea, St Mary’s, has a long history and continues to thrive in its riverside setting. But Battersea’s second oldest church building – St George’s of Nine Elms – is all but forgotten. Located on Battersea Park Road east of Thessaly Road, St George’s opened in 1828. It was designed by […]

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  2. Celebrating 70 years: Battersea Park Festival Gardens

    This week marks the Festival of Britain’s 70th anniversary, but did you know Battersea Festival Gardens played a huge part of the celebrations when it originally opened in 1951? In the bleak years after World War II, the government wanted to focus on a brighter future by creating a tonic for the nation. The Festival […]

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  3. Food enterprise hub at Mission Kitchen

    Meet Mission Kitchen, a new social food enterprise for London’s next generation of food entrepreneurs, supporting small food businesses with big ideas – and set to open in Nine Elms in June. Food offers people from every walk of life the chance to start a business, love their work, fulfil their potential, and change the […]

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  4. Looking back: Battersea Enamels

    For centuries, the Nine Elms and Battersea riverside industries have led the way in innovative art and design. The iconic ‘Battersea Enamels’ became a famous brand despite operating for only three years from 1753 to 1756 on its original site near Battersea Reach. The Enamel works were located in the grounds of York House on […]

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  5. Looking back: The Nine Elms Red House

    This riverside tavern called the Red House once stood where Battersea Park is now, occupying five acres of land from around 1753 to 1853. Known locally as the “Red ‘us”, the structure was built of red brick with green shutters and a prominent bay window. Visitors to the house would arrive by boat from London. […]

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  6. Nina Wakeford: Nine Elms – a new ‘Pink Depot’?

    As part of Wandsworth Art’s LGBT+ History Month programme, artist Nina Wakeford writes about the vibrant history of LGBT+ culture in Nine Elms and her hopes for its future. “It felt like it was in the middle of nowhere.” “You approached it, and it seemed really bare all around it.” “‘Cos you had that little walk from the […]

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