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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.
 
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
 
today


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
 

lang rabbie

Je ne regrette les gazebos
today


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
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) .
 

lang rabbie

Je ne regrette les gazebos
I didn't know BAT were behind Bon Marche

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.
https://www.bonmarchebusinesscentre.co.uk/History.aspx
 

CH1

"Red Guard"(NLYL)
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.
https://www.bonmarchebusinesscentre.co.uk/History.aspx
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.
 

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
Lambeth05161-1024x638.jpg
 

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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.

 

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

...Can I recommend this talk - organised by the Brixton Society as part of the Lambeth Heritage Festival?
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hiraethified
Markets, Megastructures and Motorways
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
Are you going? Fancy writing a report for Buzz? :)
 

teuchter

je suis teuchter
View attachment 183991 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
I was at this

Seemed fairly hipster free to me :thumbs:
 
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