This is a late C20th landscape that is an integral part of a comprehensive residential development on the former Erith marshes. One of three major open spaces in Thamesmead, Crossway Park is a large grass area around the Crossway Canal, which was dammed with a weir to form a small lake. Tree planting, mounding and the lake make this an attractive area. The lake is part of an elaborate flood prevention system of lakes and canals that connects Crossway Park with Southmere Park and Birchmere. The site is part of the Green Chain.
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The lake in Crossway Park is part of the network of water bodies and canals formed as part of the massive programme of drainage to prepare Erith marshes for the building of Thamesmead over some 1,300 acres of land. It was planned as a 'new town' by the GLC in 1965/6 to accommodate 60,000 people with public and private housing and its own amenities, industry and centre. The first phase was built in 1967-72 at the south end with housing around a large lake, described by Pevsner as bearing 'little resemblance to the ideal community visualised by its begetters'. The master plan had substantial areas of parkland including 5 lakes, the largest of which is Southmere within Southmere Park (q.v.), and canals to provide a varied landscape. Traffic-free zones and a network of pedestrian footpaths and cycleways were planned, with green corridors around the waterways. The estate has not been completed as originally planned due to financial and other priorities in the 1970s and 1980s, although development continues. Originally under the auspices of Thamesmead Town Limited, in 2000 three companies were established to run different aspects of the estate. The parks and open spaces come under the management of Gallions Housing Association.
Darrell Spurgeon, 'Discover Crayford and Erith', Greenwich Guide Book, 1995