General Brixton history - photos, stories etc

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

  1. Puddy_Tat

    Puddy_Tat hmm

    today's from flickr



    Brixton Hill facing south with some classic road sign

    Former tram shed (now back in use for buses) up for sale - London Transport hung on to it for a few years after trams ended but the building that's now Arriva London's garage on Streatham Hill (built on the site of tram depot that had in part originally been built for cable trams) was big enough for the buses that replaced the trams that had previously lived at both sites.
     
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  2. cuppa tee

    cuppa tee Well-Known Member

    Must be the fifties...that vans got a Tony Curtis haircut.....

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  3. editor

    editor Walking along the lonely street of dreams

  4. editor

    editor Walking along the lonely street of dreams

    This came up in ebay just labelled 'Brixton'. Any idea where? I thought it may be one of the shops that got flattened to make way for the Barrier Block/Moorlands Est but I'm not sure at all. There's a tram stop in the middle of the road so that narrows it down a bit.


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  5. madolesance

    madolesance Well-Known Member

  6. editor

    editor Walking along the lonely street of dreams

  7. madolesance

    madolesance Well-Known Member

    Undertakers and Upholsterers. Slight change in their business model. Furniture still features.
     
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  8. editor

    editor Walking along the lonely street of dreams

    Like a Poundload for death and furniture! They've got all you need!
     
  9. editor

    editor Walking along the lonely street of dreams

  10. Puddy_Tat

    Puddy_Tat hmm

    1919 London County Suburbs directory lists Clare & Sons, furniture removers, at 262, 266 - 270 Brixton Hill. Furniture selling seems a more likely sideline for a removals firm than for an undertaker...

    These addresses are now part of New Park Court, which I can find references to in 1935

    1895 OS map doesn't show property numbers, but has a few properties at an angle to the road with a bit of open yard in front of them, about opposite where the junction of Holmewood Road is now.

    1951 OS map has New Park Court where it is now, but has the mini roundabout sort of thing at the junction of Holmewood Road

    Current Street View
     
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  11. Puddy_Tat

    Puddy_Tat hmm

    on the Flickr today



    Detail of the tram puts this somewhere between 1907 - 1913

    west side buildings broadly unchanged, with successors Nat West (on Street View at least) still occupying the London County Westminster and Parrs bank building on the corner of Brighton Terrace. The Savoy Turkish Baths (sign to the right) more or less where the Underground Station is now.
     
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  12. Puddy_Tat

    Puddy_Tat hmm

    on teh tweeter today

     
  13. Puddy_Tat

    Puddy_Tat hmm

  14. CH1

    CH1 "Red Guard"(NLYL)

    Any idea about the sign which apparently advertises pianos available? Was that a musical instrument shop? (opp side of Brighton Terrace to the bank)
     
  15. Puddy_Tat

    Puddy_Tat hmm

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    from the 1911 London Suburbs directory.

    In answer to your question, yes.

    Craven and Company seem to have had a few places in the South London suburbs at the time (reference here) - these look mostly like shops rather than where they actually made pianos.
     
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  16. CH1

    CH1 "Red Guard"(NLYL)

    The was a piano manufacturer in Clapham Park Road - but this was Welmar Welmar Pianos of London
    The factory has now been turned into a "mews"
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  17. Puddy_Tat

    Puddy_Tat hmm

    on a bit of fairly hurried searching, i can't trace craven & co's factory. of course some companies described themselves as 'London' meaning the head office was London, but the works was out of town somewhere
     
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  18. madolesance

    madolesance Well-Known Member

    And there is ‘Piano House’ on Brighton Terrace.
     
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  19. RoyReed

    RoyReed Must fly!

    Craven and Co had several shops (I think, not factories) around south London - list here about 4/5 of the way down the page.
     
  20. CH1

    CH1 "Red Guard"(NLYL)

    Maybe the name Piano House is inspired by Craven's shop?
    I guess it might take a review of Kellys etc in the archives to find out what went on in there.
    In any case the Piano House/Pavilion Surgery building can't be much earlier than 1900.
     
  21. Puddy_Tat

    Puddy_Tat hmm

    dunno. Piano House was Bon Marche's 'furniture depository' (1911 London Suburban Directory) and still has a Bon Marche Depository ghost sign (street view here)

    1894 map does not show it, or the Empress Theatre across the road - 1950 map of same point does
     
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  22. editor

    editor Walking along the lonely street of dreams

    The Empress opened on Boxing day 1898...
     
  23. editor

    editor Walking along the lonely street of dreams

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  24. editor

    editor Walking along the lonely street of dreams

  25. Puddy_Tat

    Puddy_Tat hmm

    on teh tweeter today from robnitm

    January 1981

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  26. CH1

    CH1 "Red Guard"(NLYL)

    I'd query the date on that. Lambeth Building Society & Truform (ie Beehive) are right. But Lloyds Bank does not look right.
    The Black Horse is there on Truform's wall, but the bank sign doesn't looks like Lloyds Bank to me. Also the unit next to it is derelict.

    I know Lloyds closed that branch around 1986 - and moved Brixton accounts to Camberwell. My guess is the photo is 1986 or 1987.
     
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  27. editor

    editor Walking along the lonely street of dreams

    It's a poor copy, but here you can see the Bovril sign in all its original glory! And look how nice Tate gardens once were.

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  28. Puddy_Tat

    Puddy_Tat hmm

    dunno.

    Lettering looks the right shape for LLOYDS BANK but can't make it out clearly.

    Bus looks like a Routemaster on the 2B which isn't a lot of help as that puts it anywhere from mid 60s to late 80s

    None of the cars are obviously as late as 1986/7 which isn't conclusive.

    The clothes look earlier than 1986 / 7 but again not conclusive.

    and with the Metropolitan Borough of Lambeth bogs fully functioning
     
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  29. Puddy_Tat

    Puddy_Tat hmm

    can't think where else to post this, came up on Tweeter -

    Link here. Click on the 'view images from this item' and the whole thing seems to be there.
     
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  30. RoyReed

    RoyReed Must fly!

    Great photo!

    That's an earlier iteration of the Bovril sign. The one you can see now has all of the letters the same height, with no strap-line underneath. I'm guessing this is 1930s and the current one is 1950s or early '60s.

    What does it say above Bovril? It looks like the top half of the letters has been cut off. Brixton Free Press?

    Oxade (the ad to the left of the Capstan ad) was a brand that sold powdered lemonade and orangeade.

    E2A - In the early 1930s the Oxo company launched several new products, all in tablet form. There was Oxade Cocoa, Oxade Lemonade and Orangeade. There were also table jellies and Oxo toffees. None were successful. So totally had Oxo established itself as being synonymous with beef that it was not easy for it suddenly to become synonymous with oranges and lemons.
     
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