General Brixton history - photos, stories etc

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

  1. dbs1fan

    dbs1fan Well-Known Member

    Thanks! FFS it was big enough- can't believe I'd forgotten it. Good reminder.
  2. editor

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  4. CH1

    CH1 "Red Guard"(NLYL)

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  5. Puddy_Tat

    Puddy_Tat meh

    on flickr today -

    "Post WWII , buses and caravans are temporary homes in Canterbury Crescent , Brixton"

  6. editor

    editor Taffus Maximus

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  7. Puddy_Tat

    Puddy_Tat meh

    another one on Flickr today

    1904 or a few years after
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  9. MrSki

    MrSki Who am I to say you're wrong


    Brixton fire station 1890.

    From the BBC website here
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  10. GarveyLives

    GarveyLives Well-Known Member


    Brixton, 10-12 April 2016


    "Vibrant" Brixton, April 2016
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  12. Orang Utan

    Orang Utan Sub-Sub-Librarian

    What's the context here?
    The guy on the left is giving the speaker a sideways glance, but the speaker is talking into a mike, so of course he'd look to see what the commotion was
  13. editor

    editor Taffus Maximus

    I can't speak for the poster and I don't gett he comparison being made here, but what struck me was that the various responses to the busker who was joyfully singing his heart out. Most seemed to smile or maybe do a little dance when they went by, while others looked at him quite differently. Make what you will of that.
  14. Orang Utan

    Orang Utan Sub-Sub-Librarian

    OK, but it's not clear from the photo what the guy on the mike is doing. He could be shouting obscenities or bashing the Bible. The look the other guy is giving him is impossible to read.
  15. editor

    editor Taffus Maximus

    It would have helped if a link to the photo piece had been included: Brixton Buskers: the soulful singer outside the tube station
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  16. Puddy_Tat

    Puddy_Tat meh

    recent on Flickr - new dustcarts outside the town hall, 1938

  17. Puddy_Tat

    Puddy_Tat meh

  18. friendofdorothy

    friendofdorothy it is so much worse than Thatcherism now

    when is that from?
  19. fishfinger

    fishfinger تپلی

    It's probably the '60s.
  20. Puddy_Tat

    Puddy_Tat meh

    dunno. that's not me on flickr...

    can find what looks like the same photo elsewhere online dated April 1950
  21. fishfinger

    fishfinger تپلی

    I don't think that is correct, as rubberised asphalt wasn't in use until the 1960s (first used in Phoenix Arizona).

    Hmmm... You may be correct after all. As I am finding conflicting info.
    Last edited: Apr 23, 2016
  22. Puddy_Tat

    Puddy_Tat meh


    stuff does get dated wrong online, even in proper photo archives.

    And wikipedia isn't always right either.

    Lambeth Archives say it was 1937 (didn't find it at first search)

    Acre Lane wasn't a tram route, so the absence of tram rails doesn't help.

    Registration KGP xxx on the roller would have been about 1949 / 50 so I don't believe Lambeth.
  23. fishfinger

    fishfinger تپلی

    I was wrong, as there were rubberised road/pavements a long time ago. I believe that the 1960s was when they first started using recycled tyre rubber in the asphalt.
  24. Twattor

    Twattor Well-Known Member

    The photo is taken from Ashmere Grove - you can see the Sunlight Laundry building opposite and the Hope and Anchor to the left of picture. According to Wikipedia the Sunlight building was completed 1937 which may explain the date on the Lambeth Archives, but from the weathered facade I'd say it had been around for a good few years before this photo was taken.
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  25. editor

    editor Taffus Maximus

  26. Casaubon

    Casaubon Well-Known Member

    I've just watched The Ploughman's Lunch (1983), which includes a few fleeting shots of Brixton at the time.

    Dunn & Co, which was burnt down in the '85 riots.
    Ploughmans Lunch Brixton.PNG

    The pavement by the tube, with the entrance to what's now Iceland.
    Fuckin' hipsters everywhere.
    Ploughmans Lunch Brixton Tube.PNG
  27. Puddy_Tat

    Puddy_Tat meh

    slightly outside Brixton (although the tram will pass through Brixton on its way to central London)

    at Streatham High Road going through the 'change pit' where trams changed from getting power via the overhead wire to the conduit system where the tram got power from underground live rails via a slot rail between the two running lines.

    The tram will be moving very slowly here while the change pit attendant slides a 'plough' (this is how the tram made contact with the electric rails) under the tram. The conductress is holding on to the trolley rope ready to pull the pole down as soon as the plough is in place.
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  28. boohoo

    boohoo Part-time Cat

  29. editor

    editor Taffus Maximus

    More trams!

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  30. editor

    editor Taffus Maximus

    And here's an 1895 shot of a tram in Brixton Road.

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