General Brixton history - photos, stories etc

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

  1. CH1

    CH1 "Red Guard"(NLYL)

    If you mean re-opening East Station Station, it is mentioned in the local plan as an aspiration.

    The proviso is that the more railway obsessive people (such as teuchter and Crispy on here) will tell you it can;t be done due to health and safety, short platforms etc.

    Not sure what the various parties have to say. The Tory leaflet majors on Mental Health, the Lib Dems on giving estate dwellers a choice about being regenerated.

    Labour's tweets are all about being beauteous. Frankly my dear I couldn't give a damn!

    I'll try and work or Michael Groce on the off-chance he gets in.
    Lambeth Council starts review to look at business case for reopening East Brixton train station
    Call for Brixton link to Overground rail network
    Design team sought for East Brixton Station revival

    One did try and thrust this into the public eye back in the 2014 election (and maybe contributed to the debate above)

    Meanwhile if you are talking of Brixton East, the arts venue this has apparently recently closed down
    Brixton East 1871 (@BrixtonEast1871) | Twitter
     
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  2. Crispy

    Crispy The following psytrance is baŠĻČned: All

    Brixton East station could easily be reopened. The tracks are flat and there's space for platforms. The much more useful proposal for a new station on the high-level line over Brixton station and tube is the one that's "infeasibly" complex and expensive.
     
  3. Puddy_Tat

    Puddy_Tat lumpen proletaricat

    That's roughly my understanding of it.

    Although I think I'm right in saying that any new East Brixton station would need to be constructed to modern day standards of - among other things - accessibility, which would mean lifts, which would have a construction and maintenance cost attached.

    Standards are quite stringent for new stations (and that's where the issue of curved platforms, or stations on a gradient comes in) compared to standards that are accepted on the basis that a station has been in use since before the new standards came in.
     
  4. editor

    editor Taffus Maximus

    Still be a tight fit to wedge in the station. The original platforms were very narrow compared to most stations but with enough will, it should definitely be do-able.
    That said, a new, super-handy station would add even more pressure on rental/house prices in the area.

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  5. Puddy_Tat

    Puddy_Tat lumpen proletaricat

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  6. editor

    editor Taffus Maximus

    Look at these poor buggers

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    Recruiting in the Great War at Lambeth Town Hall for the The Queen's (Royal West Surrey Regiment)
    1916
     
  7. Pickman's model

    Pickman's model One star in sight

    Wonder if that's before conscription introduced in March '16
     
  8. Puddy_Tat

    Puddy_Tat lumpen proletaricat

    found on flickr while looking for something else.



    RT bus and 1950s built Southern Region train. Looks like early Saturday morning (combination of buses rules out a Sunday) early 70s
     
  9. happyshopper

    happyshopper Well-Known Member

    Taken from the footbridge.
     
  10. editor

    editor Taffus Maximus

  11. Puddy_Tat

    Puddy_Tat lumpen proletaricat

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  12. editor

    editor Taffus Maximus

    This is a great archive pic. It was on FB with no photographer credit.


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  13. friendofdorothy

    friendofdorothy it is so much worse than Thatcherism now

    What foot bridge?
     
  14. Puddy_Tat

    Puddy_Tat lumpen proletaricat

    the one that isn't there any more.

    article and pictures here
     
  15. friendofdorothy

    friendofdorothy it is so much worse than Thatcherism now

    thanks. It looks hiddeous. It must have gone by the time I first visited Brixton.
     
  16. Puddy_Tat

    Puddy_Tat lumpen proletaricat

    thread seems to have concluded it came down about 1980
     
  17. Favelado

    Favelado Half to the Tower, please.

    1981 riots footage can confirm that as a cut off date I suppose.
     
  18. sealion

    sealion Splish splash splosh

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    A view from the Tube station side.
     
  19. sealion

    sealion Splish splash splosh

  20. Puddy_Tat

    Puddy_Tat lumpen proletaricat

    It really looks like it was thrown together in a couple of hours...
     
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  21. Favelado

    Favelado Half to the Tower, please.

    My post was useless and wrong so I deleted it.
     
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  22. sealion

    sealion Splish splash splosh

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    It was gone before the riots in 81.
     
  23. Favelado

    Favelado Half to the Tower, please.

    Ah. Well, you've got it narrowed down a bit then. What other Google-able events on Brixton Road are there that can tie it to a particular time?
     
  24. sealion

    sealion Splish splash splosh

    Living there at the time helps jog the memory.
     
  25. Favelado

    Favelado Half to the Tower, please.

    "Happily, the poster 'haushoch' came to the rescue, unearthing a photo showing a section of the footbridge from 'London Anders Reisen' published in 1980 by Rowohlt Taschenbuch Verlag GmBH."

    With Urban 75's very own post, we know that it must have come down in 1980 or before 11 April 1981 then.

    e2a Ah, Only PUBLISHED in 1980. I haven't had a drink, but I'm posting as if I had. I'll retire from the thread.
     
  26. editor

    editor Taffus Maximus

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  27. teuchter

    teuchter je suis teuchter

    Would be interesting to know when the footbridge was installed, as well as when it was removed. Was it prompted by an increase in motor traffic, or earlier than that and related say to the start of regular tram routes through the town centre.
     
  28. sealion

    sealion Splish splash splosh

    It was built in 1971
     
  29. Favelado

    Favelado Half to the Tower, please.

    Cool. I wish there were more mysteries and less fighting on U75. This is more how I imagined the internet when it started. What else can we investigate.

    In fact, I have one but it's going to have to go in another sub-forum...
     
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  30. Puddy_Tat

    Puddy_Tat lumpen proletaricat

    sealion has come up with the definitive answer on the first bit (I'd found references on the earlier thread to it not having been there in one or two 1960s photos) I'll not add to that.

    as to why, it may have gone up at the same time as the pavements and central reservation got barriers to stop pedestrians crossing - very much part of 1960s / 70s thinking on town / highways planning - the "let cars go as fast as possible, get pedestrians out of their way even if it means them having to walk three times as far" approach
     
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