Dating in hounslow west
District heating and cable radio broadcasting were pioneered in Thamesmead.
The District heating system was decommissioned around the year 2000; properties connected to it had wet radiator systems installed by the landlord.
Another radical idea of the GLC division architect Robert Rigg was taken from housing complexes in Sweden, where it was believed that lakes and canals reduced vandalism and other crime, mainly among the young.
Tilfen is jointly owned by Gallions and Trust Thamesmead.
In Roman times, the river level was significantly lower, and work by MOLAS in 1997 around Summerton Way revealed evidence of field ditches and pottery and quernstones from Germany dating from around the 3rd or 4th century.
After the Roman era, river levels rose again and the area reverted to marshland.
Efforts were made to solve the social problems that had already started to affect earlier estates.
These were believed to be the result of people being uprooted from close-knit working-class communities and sent to estates many miles away, where they did not know anybody.