Another view

When I write here, I mostly talk about the buildings closest to me – the old style concrete blocks that are pretty much synonymous with the area, largely because they’re the aspect that give the area its reputation: The concrete jungle.

Where Thamesmead has been used as a set for film and TV it’s this area that is concentrated on. The lake where Alex and his droogs go out mugging is overlooked by the old style architecture, and it’s the brutalist design that serves as a strongly evocotive backdrop for Misfits and Beautiful Thing.

But it is important to remember that this is the style used in South Thamesmead for the most part. The area that reaches around Abbey Wood station and brushes past, just north of, Lesnes Abbey. In the north and around the town centre there’s another story to be told. 80s style housing, parks, and river views, perfectly described and photographed in this blog: Single Aspect

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3 Responses to Another view

  1. Thank you for your article and your kind words. ;-)

  2. hermione says:

    Stumbled upon this when i was looking for a link to waterfield comp on thamesmead. It bought back alot of memories. I grew up on thamesmead \stage 3 they called it then. Stages 1 and 2 as i remember were the concrete jungle bits stage 3 was a mix of both brick houses and concrete flats. I left the area nearly 30 years ago and havent been back since. It wasnt that bad a place to live and grow up in then tho i understand it has a bit of a reputation now. still havent found a site for waterfield comprehensive. Does it still exist?

  3. Max says:

    I’m afraid I don’t know about the school – I’d suggest your best bet is to look on Google Maps at the area where it used to stand. With Street View you’ll be able to see if the building is still standing and possibly find a sign outside. My experience of schools is that they’re rarely destroyed entirely but often renamed and rebuilt on the same site.

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