General Brixton history - photos, stories etc

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

  1. Puddy_Tat

    Puddy_Tat lumpen proletaricat



    early 1951 (part way through the tram to bus conversion scheme - bus 95 was new in January 1951, tram 16 / 18 became bus 109 in April 1951)

    Not many tram stops in London had 'loading islands' like this - allowing passengers to get on / off the tram safely in the middle of the road

    from this collection - mostly from the Clapham / Brixton / Streatham / Croydon patch
     
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  2. Favelado

    Favelado Half to the Tower, please.

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  3. editor

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  5. Puddy_Tat

    Puddy_Tat lumpen proletaricat

    Had to look up 'Cooper' - seems to have been Ind Coope's 'special nourishing stout' (possibly their take on 'porter') advertised as used in certain hospitals

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    (don't think you can get beer on the modern NHS - :( )

    confirmation of the shops etc from Kellys' 1904 'London County Suburbs Directory' (public domain via Leicester University collection)

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    Wiltshire Road is now Fiveways Road

    1895 map (National Library of Scotland collection) here

    And more about the street fire alarm (visible under the 'milkmaid' advert) system here - they were phased out after the 999 number was introduced in the 1930s.
     
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  7. Fozzie Bear

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  8. friendofdorothy

    friendofdorothy it is so much worse than Thatcherism now

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  10. Fozzie Bear

    Fozzie Bear Well-Known Member

    You might want to have a word with your accountant about writing that one off ;)
     
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  11. RoyReed

    RoyReed Must fly!

    I've worked out what the ghostsign for Royalty Rackets on Blenheim Gardens would have looked like when new.

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  12. editor

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    That's brilliant work! Have you researched the company?
     
  13. RoyReed

    RoyReed Must fly!

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  14. editor

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    There's a small entry here:

     
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  15. RoyReed

    RoyReed Must fly!

    Yes, Sebastien came up with not very much either. If he can't find it, it probably doesn't exist.
     
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  17. friendofdorothy

    friendofdorothy it is so much worse than Thatcherism now

    love this from the brochure:

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  18. Puddy_Tat

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  19. editor

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  20. T & P

    T & P |-o-| (-o-) |-o-|

    Random question but one thats been bugging me. Does anyone know roughly how old the big tree opposite the Ritzy is?
     
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  22. T & P

    T & P |-o-| (-o-) |-o-|

    Thanks. I guess looking at archive images of the square would be a straightforward way to see when it was first planted. I’d also be interested to see how young it was when first planted.

    It’s a magnificent tree and looks in rude health and happy as Larry to be there, despite (or perhaps because) the highly polluted local air.
     
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  23. Puddy_Tat

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  24. BusLanes

    BusLanes Pedestrian

    Brixton East has been coming up a bit of late with the election- anyone know what has happened with that council feasibility thing? I confess to not following it
     
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  26. killer b

    killer b No Hateration, No Holeration. in this Dancery

    I saw the Top Cats at The Fridge that summer, supporting (then providing the backing band for) Laurel Aitken - was it that show? Vanessa Feltz was in the audience. Great gig.
     
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  27. editor

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    I'm not sure. They had a residency there for a while. I do remember seeing the Feltz there one night though.
     
  28. killer b

    killer b No Hateration, No Holeration. in this Dancery

    She often slips a bit of decent reggae into her early morning show on Radio 2, think she's well into it.
     
  29. editor

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    You listen to Vanessa Feltz?!
     
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  30. killer b

    killer b No Hateration, No Holeration. in this Dancery

    I do sometimes in the car if I've got an early start. She play some decent tunes and has a bizarre presenting style that I really enjoy.
     
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