Battersea is a residential district of south London inside the London Borough of Wandsworth. It is 2.9 miles south west of Charing Cross. The district has one of southwest London’s major parks, Battersea Park.
In 2001, Battersea had a populace of 75,651, but by 2011 the number stood at 73,345, noting a slight reduction. There is a large area of public housing estates constructed in the mid-20th century, almost all situated north of the major railway lines from Fairfield to Queenstown. There are four significantly big estates; Surrey Lane Estate towards the north, Doddington and Rollo Estate, Patmore Estate towards the east and the Winstanley Estate, that is recognised to be the birthplace of the garage collective So Solid Crew.
You will find many notable landmarks in Battersea, one of that is the Battersea Dogs and Cats Home. Prior to that, the Temporary Home for Lost and Starving Dogs was based in Battersea after moving from Holloway in 1871. Other landmarks contain the New Covent Garden Market, a significant vegetable and fruit wholesale marketplace, and the now disused Battersea Power Station which was constructed between 1929 and 1939. There have been a lot of redevelopment projects since the 1980s to turn the station into an entertainment and commercial centre, but so far all attempts have failed.