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What Battersea, London looked like in the 1980s Through Fabulous Photos by Peter Marshall

Battersea is an area along the south bank of the River Thames in the London borough of Wandsworth. Road and rail bridges stretch over the Thames to connect Kensington and Chelsea with Battersea. It was the site of the production of Battersea enamelware in the mid-18th century; its riverside park is now defunct. Battersea was once a wilderness of sheds, factories, gasholders, and warehouses in the 1980s. Before the US embassy relocated from Grosvenor Square in Mayfair to Nine Elms, the area was a wasteland.

Photographer Peter Marshall photographed Battersea in the 1980s. He captured streets, landmarks and everyday life.

#1 Rank Hovis Ltd, Battersea Church Rd, Battersea, 1989

Rank Hovis Ltd, Battersea Church Rd, Battersea, 1989

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#2 Studio 39, Cabul Rd, Battersea, 1987

Studio 39, Cabul Rd, Battersea, 1987

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#3 Goal, Nine Elms Lane, Nine Elms 1982

Goal, Nine Elms Lane, Nine Elms 1982

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#4 Tool shop, Northcote Rd, Battersea, 1988

Tool shop, Northcote Rd, Battersea, 1988

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#5 Falcon Rd, Battersea, 1988

Falcon Rd, Battersea, 1988

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#6 Silver Belle Flour, St Mary’s, Old Swan Wharf, Battersea, 1980

Silver Belle Flour, St Mary’s, Old Swan Wharf, Battersea, 1980

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#7 Battersea Power Station, Battersea, 1984

Battersea Power Station, Battersea, 1984

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#8 Tattoo Parlour, Webbs Rd, Battersea, 1988

Tattoo Parlour, Webbs Rd, Battersea, 1988

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#9 Freedom With Anarchy, Aristotle Rd, Clapham, Lambeth. 1980

Freedom With Anarchy, Aristotle Rd, Clapham, Lambeth. 1980

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#10 Battersea Power Station, Battersea, Wandsworth. 198

Battersea Power Station, Battersea, Wandsworth. 198

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#11 Battersea Riverside from the Thames, 1983

Battersea Riverside from the Thames, 1983

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#12 Battersea Power Station, Nine Elms, 1984

Battersea Power Station, Nine Elms, 1984

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#13 Belleville Rd, Northcote Rd, Battersea, 1988

Belleville Rd, Northcote Rd, Battersea, 1988

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#14 Kitty Ast, Falcon Rd, Battersea, 1990

Kitty Ast, Falcon Rd, Battersea, 1990

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#15 Cafe, Nine Elms Lane, Nine Elms, 1982

Cafe, Nine Elms Lane, Nine Elms, 1982

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#16 Marco Polo House, The Observer, Queenstown Rd, Battersea, 1989

Marco Polo House, The Observer, Queenstown Rd, Battersea, 1989

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#17 Battersea High St, Battersea, 1980

Battersea High St, Battersea, 1980

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#18 Good Eater Cafe, 1989

Good Eater Cafe, 1989

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#19 Battersea Power Station, Battersea, 1984

Battersea Power Station, Battersea, 1984

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#20 St John’s Hill, Battersea, 1988

St John’s Hill, Battersea, 1988

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#21 School, Wix’s Lane, Battersea, 1989

School, Wix’s Lane, Battersea, 1989

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#22 Tapestry of Life, Mural, Christine Thomas, Elspeth Rd, Lavender Hill, Battersea, 1988

Tapestry of Life, Mural, Christine Thomas, Elspeth Rd, Lavender Hill, Battersea, 1988

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#23 Milton Congregational Hall, 21, Cabul Rd, Battersea, 1989

Milton Congregational Hall, 21, Cabul Rd, Battersea, 1989

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#24 Hairdresser, Northcote Rd, Battersea, 1988

Hairdresser, Northcote Rd, Battersea, 1988

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#25 Lavender Hill, Battersea, 1988

Lavender Hill, Battersea, 1988

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#26 Service Centre, Northcote Rd, Battersea, 1988

Service Centre, Northcote Rd, Battersea, 1988

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#27 Demolition in Nine Elms Lane, Battersea, 1983

Demolition in Nine Elms Lane, Battersea, 1983

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#28 Scrap Metal Merchants, Lavender Hill, Battersea, 1989

Scrap Metal Merchants, Lavender Hill, Battersea, 1989

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#29 Broughton St, Battersea, 1980

Broughton St, Battersea, 1980

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#30 Billiard Hall, Snooker Club, Battersea Rise, Battersea, 1988

Billiard Hall, Snooker Club, Battersea Rise, Battersea, 1988

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#31 Public Convenience, Lavender Hill, Battersea, 1989

Public Convenience, Lavender Hill, Battersea, 1989

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#32 Playground, Battersea. 1980

Playground, Battersea. 1980

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#34 Brian J Reed, Silverline Press, St John’s Hill, Battersea, 1990

Brian J Reed, Silverline Press, St John’s Hill, Battersea, 1990

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#35 The Battersea Barge, River Thames, Nine Elms Lane, Nine Elms, 1989,

The Battersea Barge, River Thames, Nine Elms Lane, Nine Elms, 1989,

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#36 Battersea Power Station, Battersea, 1984

Battersea Power Station, Battersea, 1984

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#37 Shop, St Peter & St Paul, Church, Flats, Holgate Ave, Plough Rd, Battersea, 1989

Shop, St Peter & St Paul, Church, Flats, Holgate Ave, Plough Rd, Battersea, 1989

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#38 Cafe, Battersea Park Rd, Battersea, 1990

Cafe, Battersea Park Rd, Battersea, 1990

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#39 Ashbury Rd, Shaftesbury Estate, Battersea, 1989

Ashbury Rd, Shaftesbury Estate, Battersea, 1989

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#40 Battersea Dogs Home, Battersea Park Rd, Battersea, 1989

Battersea Dogs Home, Battersea Park Rd, Battersea, 1989

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#41 Notarianni Sons, Battersea High St, Battersea, 1989

Notarianni Sons, Battersea High St, Battersea, 1989

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#42 South Lambeth Goods Yard and Gas holders, Battersea, 1983

South Lambeth Goods Yard and Gas holders, Battersea, 1983

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#43 Albion Quay, River Thames, Battersea, 1983

Albion Quay, River Thames, Battersea, 1983

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#44 Death to Fascism, Bus Shelter, Battersea, 1980

Death to Fascism, Bus Shelter, Battersea, 1980

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#45 Venice, Hairdressers, Northcote Rd, Battersea, 1988

Venice, Hairdressers, Northcote Rd, Battersea, 1988

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Written by Aung Budhh

Husband + Father + librarian + Poet + Traveler + Proud Buddhist. I love you with the breath, the smiles and the tears of all my life.

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