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 modest reduction. There is a large area of public housing estates constructed during the mid-20th century, nearly all situated north of the main railway lines from Fairfield to Queenstown. There are 4 significantly significant estates; Surrey Lane Estate towards the north, Doddington and Rollo Estate, Patmore Estate towards the east and the Winstanley Estate, which is recognised to be the birthplace of the garage collective So Solid Crew.
There are a variety of notable landmarks in Battersea, one of which is the Battersea Dogs and Cats Home. Prior to 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 marketplace, plus the now disused Battersea Power Station which was built between 1929 and 1939. There have been numerous redevelopment projects since the 1980s to make the station into an entertainment and commercial complex, but to date all attempts have failed.