As of 2014, the Trotters still live at their 12th floor flat.
Before the towerblock and its neighbouring towerblocks Zimbabwe House and Desmond Tutu House were built, the land had a huge ammunitions factory on it. That was demolished and construction of the towerblocks began in 1959.
1960-1981The towerblock opened in September 1960 and was originally called Sir Walter Raleigh House. As Joan Mavis Trotter was pregnant, she was entitled to apply for one of the flats. They were given a 12th floor flat with good views over London - more towerblocks.
By 1981, the Trotters had lived at Nelson Mandela House for 20 years. As towerblocks are not really built to last, the exterior facade of the towerblock was a bit dirty and worn by then. Grandad was about 75 in 1981, Del was 36 and Rodney 20. Their 12th floor flat was often full of nik naks and hookie gear, from tyres to Turkish raincoats and bootleg booze.
In late 1996, Raquel's parents came to he flat to have a dinner. Antiques dealer James Turner saw a timepiece on the gas stove and was interested. He said it was a lesser watch, and could be the last Harrison watch that people have been searching for the past 300 years. If so then it could be worth a lot as Harrison was the best watchmaker ever.
Known residents over the years
The Trotter's flat, 12th floor
- Derek "Del Boy" Trotter (1960-1996, 2001-present)
- Rodney Trotter (1960-1989, 1990-1991, 2001-present)
- Joan Mavis Trotter (1960-1964)
- Reg Trotter (1960-1964)
- Grandad Trotter - (Edward Trotter) (1960-1985)
- Violet Trotter (1960-1965)
- Raquel Turner (1990-1996, 2001-present)
- Cassandra Trotter (2001-present)
- Damien Trotter (1991-1996, 2001-present)
- Albert Trotter (1985-1996)
One of the flats on the 11th floor
- Mrs Oboko (??-1981-??)
One of the flats below the 12th floor
Inbetween 1985 and 1988, Nelson Mandela House and its neighbouring towerblocks had an external reclad, the original concrete exteriors were covered over with bricks. In real life filming switched from Acton to Bristol, a new towerblock estate was used for filming which was significantly different to the Harlech Tower estate in Acton. Nothing was given onscreen for the change in look of the towerblocks the Trotters lived at but a reclad is the best explanation.