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I'm trying to work out where on Brixton Hill that is. I think it says 175 - is the building still there?
I can't work out either ... maybe one of the many bits along rush common that now have inter or post war buildings on.
Yes - viewing it on Flickr, I make it 175 Brixton Hill.

Going by the 1951 OS Map, it wasn't there by 1950 (and the first bit of what's now Deepdene Gardens was in place), but 175 would have been on the east side of Brixton Hill, between the junctions of Upper Tulse Hill and New Park Road (the 1895 map did not show house numbers). The LCC bomb damage maps show 'minor damage' to houses around there.
 

billythefish

toad licker
Yes - viewing it on Flickr, I make it 175 Brixton Hill.

Going by the 1951 OS Map, it wasn't there by 1950 (and the first bit of what's now Deepdene Gardens was in place), but 175 would have been on the east side of Brixton Hill, between the junctions of Upper Tulse Hill and New Park Road (the 1895 map did not show house numbers). The LCC bomb damage maps show 'minor damage' to houses around there.
There's another picture taken around the same time from the roof of Dumbarton Court and looking South-East. It shows these car sales businesses in the context of the hill and the area now occupied by Deepdene Gardens and Redlands Way. There were still some grand houses in situ in 1937, and I wonder whether these pictures were taken in anticipation of their demolition.
 

Gramsci

Well-Known Member
past tense has an article today about the January 1988 Lambeth council workers' strike (in the general context of tory cuts)
An interesting read from a Council workers perspective. What comes across is that Council at that time were still big employers. Outsourcing hadn't happened yet.

This all rather passed me by as one of the "layabout" short life people. In hindsight this was the best period for Short life people in central Brixton. Ted Knight had gone. If he had succeeded in toppling Thatcher people like me would have been for the chop straight away.

Whilst government / Labour Councils/ Council workers all fought each other housing in central Brixton was basically run by Short Lifers. The heyday of Short Life. Central Brixton was a Council free zone.

A word for the DHSS staff. Yes as in the article they were really good. Unlike now never gave the Doleys a hard time. You could miss signing on and come next day no problem.

And never knew the Speaker of the house of Commons Bercow was a Conservative Lambeth Councillor during this period. Saying strikers should be sacked.
 

CH1

"Red Guard"(NLYL)
1950s Brixton. Anyone recognise anyone?
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This appears to be a spoof. Which is unfortunate given the historical provenance of most posting here.
Angell Ward was around in 1918 and continued until 2000 see here Angell Ward, Lambeth, 1918 | | Ideal Homes
NB at that time the land where barrier block & Moorlands Estate are was in Herne Hill, and the bit of Herne Hill including Kings College Hospital and the Thorland Estate was in Angell Ward.

I think your photo is a photoshop joke with a fake legend on the banner. Don't know who the people are. Presumably Scarlet O'Hara can help?
 

happyshopper

Well-Known Member
I think your photo is a photoshop joke with a fake legend on the banner. Don't know who the people are. Presumably Scarlet O'Hara can help?
You seem to be assuming that it's referring to a Lambeth Council electoral ward. But that makes little sense. Most likely it's a hospital ward and without more information about it's source, it could be anywhere.
 

CH1

"Red Guard"(NLYL)
You seem to be assuming that it's referring to a Lambeth Council electoral ward. But that makes little sense. Most likely it's a hospital ward and without more information about it's source, it could be anywhere.
If it was a hospital ward you are right. There are lots of Coldharbours around.
As an unrelated bit of serendipity look at this statement by Secretary of State Sir Keith Joseph about the fire at Coldharbour Mental Hospital in 1972 which resulted in the death of 30 patients COLDHARBOUR HOSPITAL, SHERBORNE (FIRE) (Hansard, 5 July 1972)
 
1950s Brixton. Anyone recognise anyone?
I think your photo is a photoshop joke with a fake legend on the banner. Don't know who the people are. Presumably Scarlet O'Hara can help?
You seem to be assuming that it's referring to a Lambeth Council electoral ward. But that makes little sense. Most likely it's a hospital ward and without more information about it's source, it could be anywhere.
inclined to agree with happyshopper - If it is a faked 1950s scene done recently, then it's been done VERY well in terms of the clothes, hair, cars in the background, tat under the table, and if the 'coldharbour ward' bit was faked, the effect where 'cold' is less clear than 'harbour' probably wouldn't have happened.

editor - do you have any more info on it? On a short bit of googling, I can't trace a 'coldharbour ward' in a hospital, but there are (current) electoral coldharbour wards in Aylesbury, Gravesend and Guildford-ish.
 

lang rabbie

Je ne regrette les gazebos
I can confirm this. There are a few people in the Brixton Society who have never forgiven me for the loss of Angell as as an historic ward name when I co-wrote the Liberal Democrat proposals for re-warding of the borough in the mid 1990s . Much to my amazement, these were adopted pretty much unchanged by the then Local Government Commission for England, apart from a few tweaks that ensured all the streets south of Barnwell Road joined Poet's Corner in Herne Hill.

Angell Ward was around in 1918 and continued until 2000 see here Angell Ward, Lambeth, 1918 | | Ideal Homes
NB at that time the land where barrier block & Moorlands Estate are was in Herne Hill, and the bit of Herne Hill including Kings College Hospital and the Thorland Estate was in Angell Ward.
 
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