Whose mews?

First, I’d like to thank all those who identified the mystery mews at the end of the last post, Ennismore Gardens Mews. As that was so successful, I have another group of unknown (to me) mewses which also need to be named. They’re all locations I think I should know but somehow don’t. And I’m quite sure some of you will be able to provide the answers. Some of them should be very easy, some perhaps not.




“Garden Mews”, according to the signs. But what garden mews? And “private” as it says on the gate.

No shortage of signs here either.




Parking is restricted “by order of the Grosvenor Estate”, which might place it outside, or on the borders of the Royal Borough.

Below, a relatively short mews, surrounded by tall houses.




But no signs visible.

The next one is less of a mews and more of an entrance.





It slopes down into a dark space. But the arch is interesting.

This one is another that feels very familiar.




It’s a little battered in this picure. It may have been improved since. The pictures were all taken about the same time but I’m not committing myself to a date. 70s or 80s?

This one looks like there might be a turn at the end.




There are several mews streets between Gloucester Road and Queen’s Gate. One of those?




This is the most elaborate of today’s selection so once again I feel strongly I should know it.

And this one coud be the other end of one of the others.




The graffitti doesn’t give much away,



Another dilapidated arch, and a slight slop downwards.

This is another tunnel rather than an arch. I want to say Onslow….. ButOnslow what?




Finally, to add a bit of symmetry to proceedings, here’s one I do know, which didn’t quite make the cut last time.

The low but wide Morton Mews.





Just off Earls Court Gardens, it no longer has a helpful road sign.



Thanks to Neil Smith, Edward Towers, Hugh Levinson, Gregory Hammond and from the Planning Department Jose Anon and Carolyn Goddard who all spotted Ennismore Gardens Mews. Good luck to evryone with this selection.


14 responses to “Whose mews?

  • John Brooks

    I may be stating the obvious but it appears that the second picture and the last are slightly different perspectives of the same Mews.

  • Edward Towers

    Garden Mews is still there and is off Linden Gardens in Bayswater.

  • John Brooks

    Sorry, typo. Should read 3rd picture and the last. Sorry.

  • Edward Towers

    The fourth one down leading to a dark space is not a Mews at all, it’s a grand house now rather destroyed.

    It’s 3 Harrington Gardens, SW7

    Kind Regards Edward

  • MusicBringer

    ! Mews ! why the word mews. Where does the word come from. Why were these back alleys typically used for horses called mews. btw pictures are great, awaiting the locations…😊😷

    • John Brooks

      I wondered the same thing….here’s what Google says:
      Mews is a British name for a row or courtyard of stables and carriage houses with living quarters above them, built behind large city houses before motor vehicles replaced horses in the early twentieth century.

      The word may also refer to a lane or alley in which stables are situated. The term mews originally referred to the royal stables in London, so called because they were built where the king’s hawks were once mewed, or confined at molting (or “mew”) time.

      • MusicBringer

        Yeah I saw that @John. Still not sure. However, now found this: In falconry, a mews is a birdhouse designed to house one or more birds of prey.

        In falconry there are two types of mews: the freeloft mews and traditional mews. Traditional mews usually consist of partitioned spaces designed to keep tethered birds separated with perches for each bird in the partitioned space. Many birds can be safely and comfortably housed in this setup. Traditional mews must be accompanied by a weathering yard to allow captive raptors adequate time outside as most traditional mews do not permit tethered raptors to spend time outdoors.

        Freeloft mews allow captive raptors more freedom of motion, but require much more space, as usually only one raptor may safely occupy the much larger chambers. Mews chambers can be as small as 36 square feet (3.3 m2) but are frequently much larger, often occupying as much space as a small house and sometimes reaching as high as three storeys. Birds are allowed to fly free within the chamber, and very often can choose between a number of perches.

        The word “mews” came from French muer = “to change”, because falconry birds were put in the mews while they were moulting.


      • John Brooks

        Interesting. That’s a lot of information for such a small word lol.

  • iChristopher John Pain

    Quite clearly the mews were accommodation for cats, not horses, otherwise they would have been called “neighs”.

  • Greg Hammond

    Fifth down is Colbeck Mews.
    Tenth down is not in the Onslow area.

  • woofbarkyap

    Concur on 4 – 3 Harrington Gardens, not a mews.
    6 – Cornwall Mews South (west end)
    7 – Cornwall Mews West
    8 – Cornwall Mews South (east end)
    9 – Petersham Place looking west, prior to redevelopment of house on the right and the shops in Gloucester Road

    10 – is a bit special – this is Grosvenor Cottages off Eaton Terrace – a rare example of surviving wooden setts in central London.

  • Paul Taylor

    I recently took a lockdown stroll around Sydney Mews, the entrance of which is at the junction of Fulham Road and Sydney Street, which I have been walking past for 50 years without noticing as it is mostly hidden from view from the main road. I was reading online about the artist John Singer Sargent and discovered it was the location of the artist’s late 19th/early 20th century studios. It’s a nice spot.

  • Karen White

    I can’t identify any of the photos but what I would like to find is a historical image of the mews at Steeles Road North, where my Nan lived (and her parents before her) when I was a child (and right up to her death in about 1982). I’d like to see the outside of the mews flat, not just the arch entrance. Would anyone reading be able to suggest a source?

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