The Heygate Estate
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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.