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General Brixton history - photos, stories etc

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

  1. Gramsci

    Gramsci Well-Known Member

    That doesn't surprise me. He was very touchy.

    In some ways he came to Brixton to early. He saw himself as "regenerating" Brixton. A new breed of entrepreneur. Regarded me as the past.

    I joined Urban due to him. One of the ongoing battles with his growing entertainment empire. Brixton Forum was a lot different then. No one liked Larry.

    This reminded of the battle to stop Larry turning the bike shop into a three floor entertainment complex. One of the battles at the frontline of gentrification we won. ( if in hindsight just a setback). Done with support of Urban75. I doubt there would be that kind of unanimous opposition now.

    By that time we had managed to persuade One local Labour Cllr to oppose this. Which she stuck to despite knowing the leadership liked what Larry was doing.
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  2. editor

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  3. editor

    editor Taffus Maximus

    The original Windmill looked a cracking pub! Here it is in winter 1969.

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  4. Puddy_Tat

    Puddy_Tat vote proletaricat democracy

    on flickr today -

    coldharbour lane, looking towards the junction with Denmark Hill, March 1951. think all the buildings visible are still there - street view here

    This was a 'change pit' where trams changed from overhead wire to 'conduit' (taking power from live rails in a slot under the road surface) - the man in the middle of the road is about to place a conduit 'plough' under the tram so it can continue towards central London
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  5. CH1

    CH1 "Red Guard"(NLYL)

    Curious about this - and thinking it might have been predecessor of bus 45 I googled a bit.
    From this 'ere sigte it seems more analogous to bus 68 - West Norwood to somehwere in central London London 1940
  6. Puddy_Tat

    Puddy_Tat vote proletaricat democracy

    Tram 48 ran from the 'Thurlow Arms' terminus at West Norwood, followed the current 68 bus route as far as Tulse Hill, then via Milkwood Road (which does not have a bus service now) to Coldharbour Lane, then via Walworth Road, Borough High Street and Southwark Bridge to the 'City and Southwark' tram terminus.

    Replacement bus 48 was extended to Cannon Street Station, but was withdrawn in a round of service cuts in 1958.

    Trams on the 48 ran from Norwood Tram depot - the building is still there - now Access Storage, next to the old fire station, it was never used as a bus garage (most of Norwood's routes moved to the then-new Stockwell bus garage)

    Current bus 45 was also a tram replacement route (although it's been altered several times since) - it replaced tram 34, Blackfriars - Camberwell - Brixton - Clapham - Battersea Bridge.

    Bus route 68 has been around (at least as far south as Camberwell Green) since before the 1914 war (1911 picture here)
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  7. CH1

    CH1 "Red Guard"(NLYL)

    Brixton Fairies: Made Possible By Squatting

    Apologies if this is a repost (could have been in a more specialised thread) - though I don't remember seeing precisely this compilation. The film was put together by Taha F Hassan and funded by Unite. There is an associated blog (no title)

    The 33 minute film is a series of reminiscences by Gay men involved in the Brixton Gay Centre (78 Railton Road, in front of St Georges Residences and now demolished).
    They also discuss life squatting on Railton Road, Mayall Road and activities within the gay politics community of the time.

    It is noticeable by modern standards it's all about men, with a bit of drag thrown in. No Lesbians apparently.
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  8. teuchter

    teuchter je suis teuchter

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  9. editor

    editor Taffus Maximus

    Leafy Josephine Avenue, circa 1915

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  11. Puddy_Tat

    Puddy_Tat vote proletaricat democracy

    the amount of integration between the different bits of the 'LGB etc community' is variable even now (I use the 'etc' intentionally, as there's not a unanimous decision who else should be - or wants to be - included. From what I gather, there wasn't that much common ground between lesbians and gay men until the thatcher era (section 28 and so on) led to a bit more intersectionality. and for that matter, it's debatable whether there is even a single 'gay community'

    As an aside (it has been mentioned on last month's brixton thread, but seems worth a mention here) there was an article in tame out a few weeks ago about the 1980s Brixton 'rebel dykes' community - they are apparently working on a film.
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  12. happyshopper

    happyshopper Well-Known Member

    One oddity about the tram route between Loughborough Junction and Herne Hill is that while it ran all along Milkwood Road southbound, going northbound it diverted through the backstreets, up Lowden Road and then (I think) Poplar Road, before rejoining Milkwood Road.
  13. Puddy_Tat

    Puddy_Tat vote proletaricat democracy

    It was not that unusual a feature of trams - it tended to happen where there wasn't quite room for two tracks (one for each direction) - the alternative (which did happen in a few places in London) was a single track in the middle of the road (these sections were usually short enough to work on the basis that an approaching tram driver could see if another tram was already coming towards him and stop and wait if there was)

    Another explanation for this sort of thing was to avoid a sharp corner

    there were similar 'one way systems' on London tramways in Brockley (Shardloes Road / Malpas Road) and Woolwich (Grand Depot Road / Woolwich New Road, which is still followed by buses) and I think there were one or two in north London.
  14. Puddy_Tat

    Puddy_Tat vote proletaricat democracy

    Another one on Flickr today - tram is heading south on Norwood Road at the junction of Trinity Rise

  15. teuchter

    teuchter je suis teuchter

    Croydon tram works like that in central croydon nowadays too.
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    editor Taffus Maximus

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