General Brixton history - photos, stories etc

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

  1. editor

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  2. 19sixtysix

    19sixtysix Life as viewed from a Gay Gorbals Garret

    Top photo has the gantries carrying the overhead wires of the original south london line electrification.
    The rather good AEG 6.3 KV ac system. Just remember that when a drop of snow shuts the 3rd rail lines.
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  3. Puddy_Tat

    Puddy_Tat Santa is an evilous man

    on flickr today

    forecourt of the 'White Horse' (Brixton Jamm) on Brixton Road.

    looks as though 'invalid carriage rallies' were a thing - this from 1949 (at Richmond Park)

    this photo from 1950 or later going by the two registration numbers
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  4. Puddy_Tat

    Puddy_Tat Santa is an evilous man

    on flickr today - tram, pride and clarke and the 'old queens head'

  5. Puddy_Tat

    Puddy_Tat Santa is an evilous man

    today's - brixton road, just north of stockwell road, heading north

  6. BusLanes

    BusLanes Pedestrian

    Speaking of which, is Mursell estate in Stockwell just named after the street?
  7. Puddy_Tat

    Puddy_Tat Santa is an evilous man


    Brixton Hill, 1937, taken from Dumbarton Court, looking towards where Deepdene Gardens is now.

    I've seen a few shots of second hand motor traders on Brixton Hill from that and post-war era before, but didn't realise how much of a cluster it was.

    post-war OS map
    shows how big the plots and front gardens were
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  8. lang rabbie

    lang rabbie Je ne regrette les gazebos

    First time I have seen a picture of the buildings of lost side streets of Calder's Row and Cowper's Row (or more likely first time I have looked closely enough to see it) .
  9. editor

    editor hiraethified


    WW2 bomb damage.
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  10. Gramsci

    Gramsci Well-Known Member

  11. trabuquera

    trabuquera Modesty Bag

    ^ pic liked for the history and the familiarity / unfamiliarity, not for the actual bomb damage obviously
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  12. editor

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  13. editor

    editor hiraethified

    Love this pic of Railton Road

  14. editor

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  15. Metroman

    Metroman Member

  16. CH1

    CH1 "Red Guard"(NLYL)

    I would say so - mid 1960s probably. It all looks well kempt - which suggests the blight had not yet set in.

    For background to the up and coming urban blight which hit Brixton in the 1970s, can I recommend this talk - organised by the Brixton Society as part of the Lambeth Heritage Festival?
    Markets megastructures.JPG
  17. urbanspaceman

    urbanspaceman Well-Known Member

    The Heritage Festival looks interesting:

  18. editor

    editor hiraethified

    I didn't know BAT were behind Bon Marche

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  19. MissL

    MissL Well-Known Member

    Urgh - let's give something back to the public who we've been knowingly killing for years in a vague attempt to improve our image. C***s.
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  20. lang rabbie

    lang rabbie Je ne regrette les gazebos

    Not quite so odd - at the time BAT were a conglomerate that had bought Argos in the 1970s and also had big insurance interests, but undoubtedly their corporate responsibility stuff was all part of a campaign to stop people seeing them solely as pushers of cancer sticks.

    They put in a cumulative £5.9million into the Bon Marche project over thirteen years.
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  21. CH1

    CH1 "Red Guard"(NLYL)

    I was trying to figure out who the politicians were. The guy with the mayoral chains was either Hugh Chambers or Robert Greenwood (successive Tory mayors in a Labour-led hung council).

    The woman expressing surprise that Grand Met were getting involved must have been either Joan Walley or Hazel Smith, I would say.
    smith whalley.JPG
    There is very little information about that era on the internet. Either Google have turned my algorithms off, or genuinely nothing got digitised.

    The pictures of Joan Whalley and Hazel Smith come from a campaigning document about the surcharged Lambeth councillors which has been put up by Labour/socialist sources. Lambeth Council has zilch.
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  22. happyshopper

    happyshopper Well-Known Member

    Neither. It's Jo Sinclair.
  23. CH1

    CH1 "Red Guard"(NLYL)

    Makes sense - she was a Ferndale Ward councillor.
  24. editor

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  25. CH1

    CH1 "Red Guard"(NLYL)

    Apparently the shortest serving British Prime Minister so far was George Canning - celebrated in the 1896 Victorian mega pub below. This replaced an 1820s pub - when George Canning would have been in his prime. George Canning was a successful Foreign Secretary in the Napoleonic War and came to office as Prime Minister as a compromise candidate on the death of Lord Liverpool.

    Rather like today the Tories at that time were split. Canning was a liberal Tory and had to ask Whigs into government because his High Tory colleagues refused to support Canningite policies. George Canning himself was in poor health by 1827 and died in office age 57 after being Prime Minsiter for 119 days.

    The reason I'm boring you with all this is that Boris is currently competing with George Canning for the shortest serving Prime Miinister.
    As of today - 7th September 2019 it's George Canning on 119 days, Boris Johnson on 44 days.

    Image of the George Canning public house in Effra Road (now Hootenanny) from the Linskey postcard collection via Lambeth Archives
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  26. editor

    editor hiraethified

    Brixton at night, 1995 around Christmas. I was hoping to see myself in there!

    Truth is, not a lot has changed in the centre.

  27. lang rabbie

    lang rabbie Je ne regrette les gazebos

    MotorwayModel (1).jpg Markets, Megastructures and Motorways - Exploring the 1969 Brixton Plan
    Brixton Society Talk
    TONIGHT at 7pm.
    Vida Walsh Centre, 2b Saltoun Road, SW2 1EP

    Suspect it may attract an out of town hipster "Brutalism is cool as fuck, yeah" crowd but no doubt there will be sufficient locals to put them in their place.:p

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  28. editor

    editor hiraethified

    Are you going? Fancy writing a report for Buzz? :)
  29. killer b

    killer b Minimum Waste / Maximum Joy

    Doubtless - I wanted to come. :oops:
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  30. teuchter

    teuchter je suis teuchter

    I was at this

    Seemed fairly hipster free to me :thumbs:
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