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History of the Society

Poster by Brian NewmanThe Battersea Society was founded in 1970 when a small group got together to campaign successfully against the proposed demolition of Albert Bridge. The same group was active in opposing a threat to raze Battersea Square – the historic centre of old Battersea - to the ground, and a central part of the campaign to prevent vast swathes of north and south Battersea from disappearing under the proposed inner London ring road.

Over the years the society has been involved in many such campaigns, speaking out against the closure of the original Wandsworth Museum, supporting moves to keep the Battersea Park Children's Zoo, and was one of the many voices speaking out forcefully against the plans for a forty-two story ‘Twin Towers’ in Clapham Junction which would have entirely overshadowed the human scale of this part of Battersea.

Our tireless planning committee keeps an eye on all major (and minor) developments and makes objections to the council where it's felt to be necessary – not because the Society is against change – that’s always inevitable in an expanding, dynamic, living community- but because we want those changes to be for Battersea’s benefit, and not simply to swell the profits of the developer.

Transport is a major concern – and we have long agitated for improvements to Clapham junction station and improvements to local bus services.

It's a proud history, and we hope to continue to make sure that this special place where we live remains special. The more members we have the more we will be able to achieve. Why not join us. The door is always open...

Battersea Square Today
Saved from the bulldozer: Battersea Square today

The campaign poster is from the personal collection of Peter Deakins, and was designed by Brian Newman. They were both founding members of the Society.