13 March 2007

Wates Estate

Ham has a broad mix of houses, from the small blocks of social housing dotted around the area to the various mansions clustered around Ham Common. This is part of the Wates Estate which covers the large middle-ground of good family homes.

The Wates Estate was built on newly drained land on the east edge of Ham in the 1960s and follows Riverside Drive around the large curve in the river.

The houses themselves are quite attractive but what makes the estate special is the layout which carefully avoids straight lines and has lots of little green areas, like this one, that are nicely landscaped. There are also plenty of paths between the various roads so pedestrians can pass through the estate easily while cars are kept out of the way.