General Brixton history - photos, stories etc

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

  1. editor

    editor Taffus Maximus

    That's ace. If I get a few moments, I may do a little history piece on Buzz based on that colourised pic.
    *gets ready to start researching
  2. Puddy_Tat

    Puddy_Tat for the workers' breakfast

    i've got London PO directories 1895 / 1914 if you want me to look
  3. editor

    editor Taffus Maximus

    Please add anything here - be much appreciated!
  4. Puddy_Tat

    Puddy_Tat for the workers' breakfast

    :( 1895 does not include the suburbs.

    Listed in 1914 as "128 Myland John, oil & color man"

    they are still in business - website
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  5. Rexer60

    Rexer60 New Member

    Lived in Brixton '77-'83. Looking for any pics of the homes squatted at #1-#13 Canterbury Crescent.
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  6. friendofdorothy

    friendofdorothy it is so much worse than Thatcherism now

    There were so many squats around here, not that I lived here then, but I'd love to see pics too.
  7. sealion

    sealion Well-Known Member

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  9. CH1

    CH1 "Red Guard"(NLYL)

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  10. crawlers

    crawlers Member

    Current favourite pubs for a nice quiet pint? No craft beer......
  11. editor

    editor Taffus Maximus

  12. peterkro

    peterkro Greasin' on American Express card.

    Haven't got any pics but I was in Villa road at that time and probably came across you.Music benefits in the Canterbury pub,Piano man in the little gatehouse on Wiltshire road.I only left V road five years ago some people from the seventies still tere,the rest are spread all over the world.One died just a week or so ago who'd made a fortune from designing and selling bespoke kitchens (not one of the politically committed obnov.)
  13. Casaubon

    Casaubon Well-Known Member

    Is this local enough?
    Worcester House, at the top of Kennington Rd opposite the Imperial War Museum.

    Bomb damage, 8 September 1940.

    8 September 1940.jpg

    These days it's a Latino centre.

    Worcester Hse.PNG

    Attached Files:

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  14. Gramsci

    Gramsci Well-Known Member

    Lambeth Archives now have all the Carlton Mansions housing Coop stuff I kept over the years.

    Plus some photos of other Short life housing being worked on in late seventies. These don't have Villa road. They aren't online. ( Taken in pre digital days). From what I remember they include Lingham street and Lilford road. I don't know who took them. It was a professional photographer for an exhibition on self help S/L housing.

    There is little in archives from the other Coops like Villa road.

    Lambeth Archives consider the Carlton Mansions deposit important. I kept minutes if meetings of Lambeth Federation of Coops. Which refer to other Coops. So it's a big archive of how Short Life Coops worked.
  15. peterkro

    peterkro Greasin' on American Express card.

    Going back to the post by the person who lived in Canterbury Crescent at the time I lived first on the north side of St Johns Crescent (don't remember the number about two thirds up from Brixton road)then at 321 Brixton road (really big houses between V road and St Johns) before my long term sojourn at 33/35 V road.
    I don't have any photos but know people who do I should pull my finger out and get copies before they all die off.I'll check out Lambeth archives.

    All those houses were knocked down and at first was Infinity gardens (strictly not official) then much later Max Roach park.
  16. editor

    editor Taffus Maximus

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  17. Gramsci

    Gramsci Well-Known Member

    The Lambeth Archives want more stuff on squatting and Short Life history. It's lacking in the archives. Why they were so glad with the Carlton Mansions deposit. It's what they call a complete history. As it goes from the start of Coop to the end. ( I kept everything. Took up a lot of space in my flat but worth it in the end.) If you could write down your memories and deposit them it would be good. I can give you direct email to head archivist if you pm me.

    Lambeth Archives | Lambeth Council
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  18. peterkro

    peterkro Greasin' on American Express card.

    The person from Villa road for me to speak to would e Faith Moore I was down there today but she wasn't around will pursue the matter.
  19. Gramsci

    Gramsci Well-Known Member

    I know her. As she was the worker for the Lambeth Federation of Housing Coops. I think I will email her to ask.
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  20. editor

    editor Taffus Maximus

    I'm also always happy to post up stuff on Buzz where it will (arguably) be seen by a lot more people.
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  21. peterkro

    peterkro Greasin' on American Express card.

    I haven't seen her since I moved but have spoken to people who see her regular as far as Im aware she has control of the files and whatnot.
  22. sealion

    sealion Well-Known Member

  23. Gramsci

    Gramsci Well-Known Member

    I used to attend the Lambeth Federation of Housing Coops meetings. I kept all the minutes. It's part of the Carlton Mansions deposit.

    As you were around Brixton in those years it's worth you writing down your personal memories. It's oral history which is important. Minutes if meetings are useful. The archivist us interested in how the short life worked as a form of Housing policy. But the other side of it is the subjective view. What Brixton was like. Etc.
  24. peterkro

    peterkro Greasin' on American Express card.

    Yes I agree, in V roads case the people are spread to the winds there's a prolific poster on here who's parents and me are the only long term residents still standing, because some of the houses are Housing Association there are some other long term ex squatters but they come from Milbrook Place and places further afield they also have their stories to tell about Lambeth Shortlife but not specifically V road.I think there are only four or five houses where people got the money together to buy their flats or houses even at a discount from Lambeth.She'll know who I am and the other people I've mentioned.
  25. Puddy_Tat

    Puddy_Tat for the workers' breakfast

    Herne Hill, 1950 from Flickr today

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  26. sealion

    sealion Well-Known Member

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  27. teuchter

    teuchter je suis teuchter

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  28. editor

    editor Taffus Maximus

    I would have loved to have taken a look in that signal box.
  29. peterkro

    peterkro Greasin' on American Express card.

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  30. sealion

    sealion Well-Known Member

    Hackford road.

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