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General Brixton history - photos, stories etc

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

  1. Minnie_the_Minx

    Minnie_the_Minx someinenhhanding menbag and me ah bollox

    Don't suppose there's any page that lists them? Guessing too many.maybe?
     
  2. RoyReed

    RoyReed Must fly!

    Not as far as I know - there were millions of them - literally!
     
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  3. Puddy_Tat

    Puddy_Tat hmm

    london metropolitan archives may have the info, but looks like it's not all online.
     
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  4. Minnie_the_Minx

    Minnie_the_Minx someinenhhanding menbag and me ah bollox

    Yeah, I've tried looking at old papers/news reports online but haven't found anything for that particular part of Herne Hill
     
  5. RoyReed

    RoyReed Must fly!

    Some interesting archive images (668 if you search 'Brixton') at Collage - The London Picture Archive

    Brixton Road.jpg

    Electric Avenue.jpg

    Tramway.jpg

    You can zoom into the images if you visit their site.

    Other parts of London are available.
     
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  9. friendofdorothy

    friendofdorothy it is so much worse than Thatcherism now

    Did marks and spencers have sales floors upstairs?
     
  10. CH1

    CH1 "Red Guard"(NLYL)

    Not in my time (since 1978). Maybe they have a company archive at HQ which could give you the answer.
    They used to be into community involvement - I remember they gave £5000 to the disabled training place which was at 336 Brixton Road around 1994.
     
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  11. Metroman

    Metroman Active Member

    M&S did have a trading floor upstairs, its been mention on here before, although it must have been pre 1970, cos I don't remember seeing it open

    Happy Christmas all
     
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  16. Puddy_Tat

    Puddy_Tat hmm

  17. Puddy_Tat

    Puddy_Tat hmm

    on flickr today - London Country bus on Green Line, mid 70s

     
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  18. CH1

    CH1 "Red Guard"(NLYL)

    The cones haven't changed much - just moved around!
     
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  21. Puddy_Tat

    Puddy_Tat hmm

    robnitm on tweeter has these today - Coldharbour Lane, 1975

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  22. CH1

    CH1 "Red Guard"(NLYL)

    Brilliant. Just goes to show the values that operate in Metropolitan Housing Trust - they splendidly replicated the burnt down (1995) Barkers Furniture Store building (with flats above) - only to replace the shop with a cage for dumped cars. An example of mid 1990s housing policy at its most ludicrous.
     
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  23. Casaubon

    Casaubon Well-Known Member

    I stood on exactly this spot watching Barkers burn in the '85 riots. We legged it when the whole building started to collapse, and had to run the gauntlet of crazed and bewildered coppers up Coldharbour Lane.
     
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  24. Puddy_Tat

    Puddy_Tat hmm

    A picture of a 1933 coach that's appeared on Flickr today has led me to some digging -

    As well as the Orange Luxury Coaches depot / coach station in Brixton (more or less where Windrush Square now is), there was also the 'London Terminal Coach Station' off Clapham Road near the Oval -

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    plenty more here

    This opened in 1929, was built and operated by Blue Belle Motors Ltd, a subsidiary of Blue Belle Transport, based at 43-45 Acre Lane, Brixton

    The frontage is where Europcar now trade (Street View here) - the depot behind was damaged by WW2 bombing, and Blue Belle did consider trying to develop it as an interchange point for goods vehicles (a concept that never really caught on)

    It was partly later rebuilt as a motor dealers (Keith & Boyle Ltd, who dealt in Bedford / Vauxhalls from what was named 'Terminal House' - Keith & Boyle Ltd were, in turn, owners of Orange Luxury Coaches until Orange was sold to the Ewer Group in the 1950s) - the site was later developed for housing and is now Usborne Mews.

    Blue Belle Transport were also dealers of goods vehicles -

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    (1925 advert from 'Graces Guide' website)

    43 / 45 Acre Lane is currently / recently 'Diamond Hire / Merchants' (building up for sale last time I passed and on Street View)

    I can feel another article for Urban coming on to add to the list of things I've promised Editor I'll do one of these days...
     
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  26. Puddy_Tat

    Puddy_Tat hmm

    i find the first photo distressing

    you should have covered the road accident victim with a sheet or something






    :p
     
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