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Thamesmead at 50: the Past, the Present, the Future - FULLY BOOKED

Thamesmead at 50: the Past, the Present, the Future - Saturday 3 November 2018, 10.30am to 4pm - FULLY BOOKED

Led by: Catherine Croft and Thaddeus Zupancic, with a presentation about Thamesmead’s future by Ellen Halstead, Peabody’s Head of Strategy for Thamesmead. 

In July 1968, Terry Gooch and his family moved from Peckham to Coralline Walk and became Thamesmead’s first residents. "The plans were so revolutionary," he re-called, "we thought we’d be the start of that revolution."

And in a sense it was exactly that: what was once an unwelcoming marshland and a munitions factory, became one of Britain’s most ambitious postwar housing developments, Thamesmead was to provide 60,000 residents with modern new homes and the Greater London Council’s architects, led by divisional architect Robert Rigg, planned and designed a mix of imposing point blocks, maisonettes in spine blocks (Coralline Walk was one of them) and terraced houses.

Our tour is organised in association with Peabody, a housing association that became the major landowner in South Thamesmead in 2014 and is now leading its £1.5bn regeneration. 

After meeting at Abbey Wood railway station, we will first explore Lesnes and Southmere, which featured in both A Clockwork Orange and Beautiful Thing (plus hundreds of television series, adverts and video spots) and then its younger sibling, The Moorings. In the final part we will visit the non-GLC Thamesmead Town Centre and the nearby Gallions Hill.

This event will involve bus tours as well as walking. A light lunch is included in the price.

Meet: Abbey Wood Railway Station at 10.30am

Members £25.00 Non Members £35.00

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