General Brixton history - photos, stories etc

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

  1. editor

    editor Taffus Maximus

    Look at those lovely semaphores at Herne Hill

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  2. peterkro

    peterkro Greasin' on American Express card.

    Another louche hanger on in the area was Dylan Thomas although in his case Herne hill, many claim Milkwood road is where Under Milkwood came from I don't know but it certainly seems possible.
  3. editor

    editor Taffus Maximus

    I wrote a piece about that few years ago Dylan Thomas, Under Milk Wood and the south London connection
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  4. sealion

    sealion Well-Known Member

    Brixton and it surrounds where pretty affluent back then and had quite a few theatres and artistes living in the area.
  5. teuchter

    teuchter je suis teuchter

    And Mendelssohn lived next to what's now Ruskin park, apparently.
  6. sealion

    sealion Well-Known Member

    Isn't the sundial in Ruskin park dedicated to him ?
  7. Puddy_Tat

    Puddy_Tat meh

    not able to oblige

    would this tour of shepherds lane box do as an alternative?

    (think this was the SB marked behind 234 Ferndale Road here)
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  8. peterkro

    peterkro Greasin' on American Express card.

    And John Ruskin Himself who with his weird phobia about pubic hair lived up the hill and did some great work although his views on sexuality was very very strange.

    The large house on the corner of Wiltshire road and St Johns crescent was home to a very famous female music hall star,Unfortunately I can't bring her name into my brain.
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  9. ViolentPanda

    ViolentPanda Hardly getting over it.

    Fantastic picture! It's great to get to see how these old LCC/GLC blocks were constructed!
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  10. editor

    editor Taffus Maximus


    Some boozy history.
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  11. editor

    editor Taffus Maximus

    This shows the Post Office on Acre Lane after WW2 bomb damage. Any idea where it was?

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  12. Puddy_Tat

    Puddy_Tat meh

    fairly sure i have seen this before and did locate it, think it was the parade opposite town hall, but i am on the move now so searching is not so easy.

    nls map archive may help
  13. editor

    editor Taffus Maximus

    That's where I think it was.
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  14. Puddy_Tat

    Puddy_Tat meh

    just searched - discussed on this thread in dec 14. 10 acre lane seemed to be it.

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  15. lang rabbie

    lang rabbie Je ne regrette les gazebos

    It was.

    mendelssohn sundial.PNG
    There is a plan to move it from under the tree and restore it some point...
    Restoration of the Mendelssohn sundial
    Last edited: Aug 4, 2017
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  16. Simon Hannah

    Simon Hannah Member

    Dear all,

    I am doing some research into Lambeth from 1978-1992, specifically the Council, its 'loony left' image, but I also want to discuss the culture and politics of the borough during that time. (Article here on

    I have got a blog which I am slowly populating with material as I find it Radical Lambeth : 1978-1992

    If anyone lived or worked in Lambeth during those years and would be willing to meet for a cup of tea/beer and a chat to help me with the research then please get in touch!

  17. Puddy_Tat

    Puddy_Tat meh

    on flickr today

    Comment on the photo mentions that "Brixton always was well known for used car dealers"

    edit - at 10 Effra Road - Brockwell Court to left - current street view here

    1940s map here
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  18. newbie

    newbie undisambiguated

    hmm. I think I've got some minutes of All Lambeth Squatters meetings from mid 70s. Somewhere. In a box. One of many. gulp.
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  19. CH1

    CH1 "Red Guard"(NLYL)

    What intrigues me was that according to your map the much-loved Cooltan factory (67 Effra Road) was originally described as a "Glove Factory"
    I wonder if it was the same building - with the a Critall Window quasi art deco facade?
    (picture from the Urban75 history section on squats)
  20. Puddy_Tat

    Puddy_Tat meh

    That looks pretty much 1930s, so probably so.

    :) at curved crittall windows.

    A search on 67 Effra Road finds a 1952 London Gazette entry about the winding up of Coldprufe Leathers Ltd (here - opens as pdf)
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  21. Gramsci

    Gramsci Well-Known Member

    The Archives would be very interested in those.
  22. Gramsci

    Gramsci Well-Known Member

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    This is on at the Archives. Alexandra is a MA student who has been cataloguing the Carlton Mansions collection.

    The exhibition is part of her dissertation. Its about her response to the archive. (and others). Its also sbout theory behind archiving.

    There is a blog to go with it.

    Carlton Mansions

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  23. editor

    editor Taffus Maximus

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    editor Taffus Maximus

  25. editor

    editor Taffus Maximus

  26. ViolentPanda

    ViolentPanda Hardly getting over it.

    Simon, Ted Knight is still alive and kicking as chair of the Gipsy Hill Labour Party. He's still as sharp as when he led the council.
  27. Puddy_Tat

    Puddy_Tat meh


    Brixton in 1981 by Ian Berry.

    posted on tweeter today by david olusoga
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  28. Puddy_Tat

    Puddy_Tat meh

    on flickr today - described as 'Effra Road 1947'

    seems to be somewhere between a dealer and a scrapyard

    looking at the maps online (and flicking between the 1947 and the 1920s ones) I think it's west side of the road, just north of Crownstone Road with the buildings in the background being St Matthew's Road (none of the buildings visible - if it's where I think it is - are still there for reference) - but open to alternative suggestions
  29. friendofdorothy

    friendofdorothy it is so much worse than Thatcherism now

    Those gate posts look quite destinctive. I'll look out for them next time I go past, to see if they still exist.
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  30. Puddy_Tat

    Puddy_Tat meh


    did try to find them on street view, but happy hunting!
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