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 That's Puddy Tat Esq to you

    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 That's Puddy Tat Esq to you

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

  5. Puddy_Tat

    Puddy_Tat That's Puddy Tat Esq to you

    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 That's Puddy Tat Esq to you


    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

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    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

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    Love this pic of Railton Road

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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

  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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