Is it nice..?

The Heygate Estate

Posted in Is it Nice..?, Photoblog! by Ade Chong on October 27, 2011

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In the past two weeks living at Elephant & Castle, I’ve really come to enjoy my scenic detours through the abandoned Heygate Estate between Patrick & Afsar’s house and the underground station. The first couplea times coming home after dark I was literally shitting myself walking through here alone. My sister and I even nicknamed this the Death Route. After awhile though, I kinda realised that I was just being a scared, sheltered, Singaporean.

I love how quiet this place is. It’s almost like a tiny tiny glimpse into what Chernobyl would look like – or how I imagined it to look like – abandoned, empty and haphazardly packed up. Little bits of household objects and rubbish litter the place, giving some perspective to the previous inhabitants.

The Heygate Estate, once notorious for crime and gang activity, was the first council estate built in England in the 1970s. Now, 1200 deserted homes remain, waiting to be torn down. I hope they don’t though.

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  1. Keith Gan (@keithgan) said, on October 27, 2011 at 10:26

    Eh woman. That’s very dark. You aren’t sheltered.

    • Ade Chong said, on October 27, 2011 at 17:27

      Don’t worry, there’s regular security patrols around the area. It’s really quite safe (:

  2. Khek Hock said, on October 27, 2011 at 16:04

    very got the mood and feeling but dangerous leh! there’s a gay bartender got beaten and burned to death recently leh

  3. southwarknotes said, on August 21, 2012 at 08:46

    “The Heygate Estate, once notorious for crime and gang activity, was the first council estate built in England in the 1970s. Now, 1200 deserted homes remain, waiting to be torn down”

    It was never notorious for gang activity and crime was no more or less than any other road or estate in Southwark. You forgot to say in your article that the estate is not entirely empty and three leaseholders remain in amidst the community garden, pond and allotments there that keeps the place open and public. They remain so that they get a decent offer from the Council and are not forced out like the rest of the leaseholders (100+) for a crap amount of money that could not even buy a broom cupboard in The Elephant these days. This week, all the leaseholders have been issued with Compulsory Purchase Orders by The Council to force them out.


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