A new book celebrates the 50th anniversary of Thamesmead, an area built on the Erith marshes in the ‘60s that 30,000 people now call home, writes Laura Burgoine…
The Town of Tomorrow: 50 Years of Thamesmead is a love story to the area, featuring new and archive photographs, memories from residents, and a historical essay.
Thamesmead is renowned for its experimental design and rough concrete modern terraces and blocks of flats, which provided the backdrop for Stanley Kubrick’s A Clockwork Orange. The architecture evolved; by the 1980s the town had expanded with hundreds of new, more conventional, red brick homes, followed in the 1990s by blocks of private flats in what had previously been a mainly council-run town. Thamesmead has been run by numerous bodies over the years, and the latest, Peabody, is embarking on an ambitious regeneration plan. The original modernist areas will be redesigned and the disparate elements of the town will be connected to make it fit for both the residents of today and tomorrow.
The Town of Tomorrow: 50 Years of Thamesmead is out now.