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 human population of 75,651, but by 2011 the number stood at 73,345, noting a slight reduction. There is a substantial section of public housing estates built during the mid-20th century, nearly all situated north of the main railway lines from Fairfield to Queenstown. There are four significantly big estates; Surrey Lane Estate to the north, Doddington and Rollo Estate, Patmore Estate to the east plus the Winstanley Estate, which is recognised to be the birthplace of the garage collective So Solid Crew.
There are many notable landmarks in Battersea, one of that is the Battersea Dogs and Cats Home. Before that, the Temporary Home for Lost and Starving Dogs was primarily based in Battersea soon after moving from Holloway in 1871. Other landmarks consist of the New Covent Garden Market, a significant fruit and vegetable wholesale market, as well as the now disused Battersea Power Station which was constructed between 1929 and 1939. There have already been several redevelopment projects since the 1980s to convert the station into an entertainment and commercial complex, but to date all attempts failed.