London’s three settled estates – the Cadogan, the Grosvenor and Howard de Walden – have combined to sponsor an estate agent, Sebastian Dekker, to compile a book on London’s mews houses.

Dekker, who works for the Chelsea firm of Bective Davidson, visited more than 1,000 mews houses, while Bill Burlington photographed them.

Dekker made the point that mews houses – originally for horses and grooms – were always let on short leases. The leases extended to 99 years in the 18th century.

By the 1920s, people converted them to homes, not because they no longer used horses and carriages, but because they could no longer afford servants. Today more than 60 mews homes are listed buildings.

‘There is a tendency to be over nostalgic about the mews,’ Dekker wrote.

‘Yet the mews have had to constantly adapt to keep pace with the new demands of their occupants... [They] can be as architecturally current and influential as any form of building.’ Mews Style is published by Quiller Press and costs £20.