Saxon records and the 1086 Domesday Book show 'Patricsey' and there is evidence of a settlement surrounding St Mary's church in the 9th century. The area was primarily farmland and was known for lavender and asparagus growing. Industry developed, based on the river traffic and water power. There was a significant community of cloth-making French Huguenots in the 16th century. The construction of Putney Bridge in 1729 and Battersea Bridge in 1771 and the first railway in 1838, opened up the area as a transport hub. The population exploded growing from 6,000 in 1840 to 168,000 by 1910.
Leisure & Amenities
Places to go and things to do:
- Battersea Park: children's zoo, peace pagoda
- Battersea Arts Centre
- Pump House Gallery
- Riverside walks
- Battersea Park
Eating and drinking ideas:
- Augustine Kitchen - French restaurant
- Flour to the People - cafe
- Battersea Barge
- Duke of Cambridge
- Battersea currently does not its own underground station but two are due by 2020 at Nine Elms and at the Battersea Power Station.
- Railway stations are at Clapham Junction, Battersea Park, and Queenstown Road.
- Many bus routes to south London and north over the river are available.