About this blog

As I write this is a brand new blog with, to my knowledge, no visitors. I sincerely hope this will change, and as it does the readership will probably shape the direction of the site to some extent.

I have no political agenda. I write this through a fondness for Thamesmead despite its flaws, and as a tiny stand against the stereotyped image it has. It’s rare to see a mention in the press that doesn’t make some nod to the scenes of A Clockwork Orange that were filmed in the area, and the overall reputation of Thamesmead suggests it’s a crime ridden, drug fuelled, gang ruled hell hole inhabited by undereducated low end workers with no prospects.

It’s a testament to town planning gone wrong, I admit, but even those mistakes, that history, is fascinating. Despite the reputation it’s not a bad place to live. I’m ten minutes from a train station set to become a terminating point for Crossrail. I’m less than that distance from the woods and the ruins of an abbey. People tend to greet each other on the streets, and while there’s no tube there is a good bus service including a night bus. The shopping facilities are lacking, but we’re within easy reach of Dartford, Greenwich isn’t too far and trains go to London Bridge where Borough Market is one of the most acclaimed food spots of London.

I live in zone 4, in an astonishingly cheap and large house, although I do commute to the opposite end of London for work.

I want to present an alternative view of what people assume is a complete dump, and comment on both the locale and the happenings that affect where I live. As yet I don’t know any locals, despite living here for three years, but perhaps that will change.

I aim to be honest but balanced and I’m interested in hearing other views but won’t tolerate abuse. I hope what I have to say is of interest.

10 Responses to About this blog

  1. Eloise M says:

    Hi Max – I found your blog! And a wonderful blog it is too… I’m looking forward to sitting down for an evening with a cup of tea and reading it all properly, as I’ve often been curious what it would be like to like in Thamesmead.

    Thanks for writing,

    Eloise (Letters from the City) x

  2. Steve says:

    Its great to see this blog about views on Thamesmead, there are many parts (Stages) to Thamesmead and the name always seem to give the picture to Stages 1 & 2 (Clockwork orange) and refered to the concrete jungle. TM Stages 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 and 8 exist too. Thamesmead is full of history and full of great people. Please see https://www.facebook.com/groups/ThamesmeadSE28/#!/ and https://www.facebook.com/groups/Thamesmead/ for a residents view and experiences and some local history that most people dont even know about.

    Thamesmead was a great project and in my opinion a great place to grow up. Not everyone in Thamesmead is Scum of the earth, Most of my friends from Thamesmead have great careers, work in the City and own there own homes as do I. Something must of worked!

  3. Hi Max,

    I am writing from The Link Thamesmead.

    We regularly read your blog and know you have taken an interest in The Link. We would like to invite you and all your readers, along to Open House, an event that is organised by Open-City that gives anyone and everyone from architectures to members of the general public ‘the chance to explore hundreds of inspiring buildings in London for free’.

    Tours will be taking place at 10am, 11am and 12pm on Saturday 22 and Sunday 23 September 2012, and we would very much like your company and give you the chance to explore the new, state-of-the-art community hub that is going to offer so much to so many, and answer any questions you may have.

    Reservations do not need to be made, you just need to turn-up! The address is: The Link Thamesmead, Belvedere Road, Thamesmead, SE2 9BS.

    We look forward to seeing you there!

  4. Caroline says:

    What a lovely idea for a blog!

    I was born in Thamesmead and have lived here my whole life (apart from when I moved away for uni). Thamesmead gets such a bad reputation which I think is completely unfair – certain parts might not look pretty, but it’s no worse than anywhere else in the area (and better than some places!).

    Thamesmead is a real in-between place…on the edge of the river, on the border of London and Kent. But I think this is it’s strength. It’s really multicultural and among the grey, there is a lot of green. The bus services are pretty good, although we would benefit from more direct tube/train links!

    Continue the good work promoting Thamesmead!

    Caroline

  5. Vicki says:

    I have just tumbled across your blog as I am a bit fascinated with Thamesmead. I understand at one time there was a population of wild horses that roamed the open space around Thamesmead. Do you know anything about this subject. Would love to hear. Thanks!

  6. Most people do not know the real history of the Thamesmead area before it was built (the secret city). I have created http://www.royal-arsenal-history.com so this history can be passed on. Feel free to check out Royal Arsenal east page (Thamesmead)

  7. Hi Max

    This is a great community blog – well done.

    I help look after the Peabody Thamesmead pages and I thought I’d drop you a note about the Thamesmead events page that I’m hoping will be useful for your readers.

    At the moment we have Capital Clean-ups, a signage event (today), free children’s reading sessions and a Money Advice Fair, and there’s more to come.

  8. Great to find such a positive blog about life in Thamesmead. I find the spaces and the architecture really interesting. As you say, the homes are generously proportioned and it was designed to give people a good quality of life. I would love to live in one of the concrete lakeside homes. I did a project about Thamesmead with Susanna Round a few years ago. Part of this was a book which you can see here http://barbaresiandround.com/images/thamesmead.pdf
    And a proposal to twin Oxford and Thamesmead which you can see here:
    http://rachelbarbaresi.co.uk/?page_id=69

  9. kaysha says:

    Are you still blogging? Would like to read more

  10. uy hoang says:

    Dear Max,

    I would be very grateful if you could help publicise a new public Facebook group for users of the Ridgeway

    https://www.facebook.com/groups/283251582066872/

    This is similar to a group started for the Greenway in East London

    https://www.facebook.com/groups/937755769605838/

    Many thanks for your help

    Kind regards,

    Uy

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