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General Brixton history - photos, stories etc

Discussion in 'Brixton' started by editor, Mar 17, 2014.

  1. editor

    editor Taffus Maximus

    I thought it might be an idea to start a general thread for Brixton history, and to get it started, here's a photo of Atlantic Road in Edwardian times.

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    I researched some of the shops in the picture - more here. Seeing this photo reminds me of how much Electric Avenue has fallen from grace.
     
  2. leanderman

    leanderman Street Party: July 2

    The same decline is seen in residential streets in Brixton.

    People start doing their own thing, stop thinking collectively and chaos ensues!
     
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  3. SarfLondoner

    SarfLondoner KenDoddsDadsDogsDead.

  4. editor

    editor Taffus Maximus

    A Brief History of HMP Brixton, London’s Oldest Prison

    First ever treadmill!

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    :eek:
     
  5. SarfLondoner

    SarfLondoner KenDoddsDadsDogsDead.

    The old windmill. The only Windmill in London 1900's.jpg
     
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  6. SarfLondoner

    SarfLondoner KenDoddsDadsDogsDead.

    brixtonhill11.jpg This is opposite the white horse pub and is now the locksmiths.
     
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  7. SarfLondoner

    SarfLondoner KenDoddsDadsDogsDead.

    And here's the white horse pub. brixtonhill1.jpg
     
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  8. leanderman

    leanderman Street Party: July 2

    Can you tell from the picture whether the White Horse offered rooms?

    Because Vera Brittain lodged at a White Horse while nursing wounded WW1 soldiers at King's.
     
  9. SarfLondoner

    SarfLondoner KenDoddsDadsDogsDead.

    Im sure a lot of pubs/inns did offer rooms then, Seeing as the pub was on the London to Brighton road im sure it would have. When i was a kid there were watering troffs(sorry bad spelling) outside many pubs so the horse could have a drink too!
     
  10. SarfLondoner

    SarfLondoner KenDoddsDadsDogsDead.

  11. leanderman

    leanderman Street Party: July 2

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  12. SarfLondoner

    SarfLondoner KenDoddsDadsDogsDead.

    I would love to go back in time(for a while) and live in those environs.
     
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  13. Puddy_Tat

    Puddy_Tat hmm

    does anyone have / have easy access to a kelly's directory (or similar) that includes stockwell road?

    somewhere 1920s to about mid 50's

    i have something i'm trying to pin down.

    (i expect that lambeth's local studies unit will have one, just haven't got round to going there yet)
     
  14. SarfLondoner

    SarfLondoner KenDoddsDadsDogsDead.

    stockwell tube.jpg This is the memorial at Stockwell in 1921.
     
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  15. editor

    editor Taffus Maximus

    brix.jpg

    Brixton Motor Works leaflet from the 1920s.
    It's on eBay for £25 if anyone wants it.
     
  16. editor

    editor Taffus Maximus

    Royal visit to Brixton April 29th, 1908 for the opening ceremony of the town hall. Look at the crowd!

    brix.jpg

     
  17. moon

    moon Happy Happy Jo Wonderland

  18. xsunnysuex

    xsunnysuex Life is a horizontal fall.

  19. T & P

    T & P |-o-| (-o-) |-o-|

    Just as well they no longer exist, or they'd have been forced to change their window display after complaints from concerned parents.
     
  20. SarfLondoner

    SarfLondoner KenDoddsDadsDogsDead.

  21. SarfLondoner

    SarfLondoner KenDoddsDadsDogsDead.

    Some old footage of Brixton in this,,,
     
  22. editor

    editor Taffus Maximus

  23. Dexter Deadwood

    Dexter Deadwood Left Voluntarily Enforced Holiday Banned

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    editor Taffus Maximus

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  26. Dexter Deadwood

    Dexter Deadwood Left Voluntarily Enforced Holiday Banned

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  27. editor

    editor Taffus Maximus

  28. Puddy_Tat

    Puddy_Tat hmm

  29. editor

    editor Taffus Maximus

    What should it be?
     
  30. Sirena

    Sirena Don't monkey with the buzzsaw

    It doesn't answer your question but I read this interesting passage recently in a book called 'Dwellings of the Philosophers':

    "Hostelries [in the middle ages] often put up a golden lion fixed in heraldic pose, which for the traveller seeking out accommodation, meant that 'one could sleep there' because of the double meaning of the pun and the image" (the pun is Lion d'Or becomes 'lit on dort' (bed that one sleeps in).

    it was just interesting that old pub names might have more significance than one realizes.
     

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