New Brixton 'Then and Now' pics

Discussion in 'Brixton' started by editor, Dec 1, 2003.

  1. hatboy

    hatboy Banned Banned

    Good one Mike. Thanks for doing those. :)

    Re this:

    "May 2004 The row of trees on the left hand side of Barnwell Road have grown so much over the past century that they almost completely obliterate the view! Obscured behind the foliage is the modern housing which replaced the Victorian terrace and the shop/pub is now a private residence. The shop and row of houses on the right have been replaced by late GLC housing".

    "GLC blocks of flats" would be more accurately descriptive than "GLC housing" I reckon. Also, not "modern housing" exactly. In fact an old people's home (late 80s/early 90s - perhaps better photographed when there are less leaves on those trees. In winter you can see it's the same trees and see the building behind). The shop/pub was only ever a shop. I remember it as a shop and remember the interior too. It wasn't a converted pub.

    Maybe you could mention that one of the two turreted buildings in the distance remains on Railton road, and that relates to the pic of Railton by Effra Parade in which you can see the decorated, turreted corner buildings more clearly.

    (Incidentally the other one blew up about 20 years ago in a gas explosion, leaving the turret flattened and unfolded in the road and bricks everywhere).
  2. hatboy

    hatboy Banned Banned

    Oh yeah, just trying to help you make it accurate. :)

    Not Chancer or Chauncer Rd, but "Chaucer Rd" . Also one of those pages has two identical links to "Chancer 2" - (whoever he is ?!) :rolleyes:
  3. lang rabbie

    lang rabbie Je ne regrette les gazebos

    More great pics, Mike

    IIRC the reinstatement of the missing "turret" was one of the townscape schemes promised by Brixton Challenge that never materialised. (It was decribed I think as reinstatement of Mansard roof - a little bit of the Louvre in Railton Road!) I think there was a plan for a housing association to convert the block above several shops in Railton Road.

    I obviously haven't looked closely when I've been through recently - did the block get refurbished - sans Mansard - or is it still a wreck?
  4. hatboy

    hatboy Banned Banned

    The gap is still there and the other shops have mostly been ruined with badly designed conversion into housing. The usual, you know.

  5. editor

    editor Taffus Maximus

    Chers for the feedback: I've amended the text and corrected the cock ups.

    I haven't mentioned the turrets as I think they're just a bit too small in the picture, but if I can source a better photo, it would make a good 'then and now'.
  6. hatboy

    hatboy Banned Banned

    Great work Mike. That description of Barnwell is better now. Still links to ChauNcer Road" all over the place. It's "Chaucer".

  7. editor

    editor Taffus Maximus

    Chancer, Chauncer, Chaucer, Schamncer.

    I'm clearly having trouble with the name.

    But I've fixed it.
  8. editor

    editor Taffus Maximus

  9. Miss La

    Miss La New Member

    Just amazing!

    I love it when more of these fabulous photo's arrive on U75.

    It just seems a shame that so many of these grand and majestic buildings are now home to KFC's and rubbish doscount clothes shops...

    Where was the Ice Rink housed, that's such a great poster?!

    Miss La x
  10. lang rabbie

    lang rabbie Je ne regrette les gazebos

    I've just Googled to find the poem below again - I first found it on an unconnected search years ago. The dates don't tally :confused:

  11. Minnie_the_Minx

    Minnie_the_Minx someinenhhanding menbag and me ah bollox

  12. bromley

    bromley ...isn't as good as Lewisham.

    Cool pictures, are you doing one of the tube station for when it's finally completed?
  13. Minnie_the_Minx

    Minnie_the_Minx someinenhhanding menbag and me ah bollox

    Who says it will ever be "finally completed" - that's wishful thinking :D
  14. editor

    editor Taffus Maximus

    Just a small update - I've added a few more old Theatre posters here and added this picture to the Brady's/Railway Hotel feature:


    Any idea who Annie Allen was and why she was laying commemorative bricks?!
  15. editor

    editor Taffus Maximus

  16. fanta

    fanta Banned Banned

    I've often wondered that too!
  17. lang rabbie

    lang rabbie Je ne regrette les gazebos

    And why is the inscription off centre - were there botch merchants in the stone cutting trade back then. :confused:
  18. fanta

    fanta Banned Banned

    A Google search of 1880+Annie Allen+Brixton brings up a reference for the Marxist historian CLR James. Are they linked? Curious.
  19. Blunders500

    Blunders500 Singing the Absurd

    Its good to see that Ladies were invited too!

    Someone mentioned that there si a records office in the area, does anybody know where this is and if it is open to the public?

  20. editor

    editor Taffus Maximus

    52 Knatchbull Road, SE5
    020 7926 6076 (booking recommended)
    Opening times: Mon 1pm - 8pm, Tues 10am - 6pm, Wed closed, Thurs 10am - 6pm, Fri 10am - 1 pm, Sat 9am - 5pm, Sun/Bank Hols closed.

    More info:
  21. layabout

    layabout Banned Banned

  22. reubeness

    reubeness Well-Known Member

    "Anyone know where the rink was on on Effra Road?"

    The Skating Rink was up by the carpet shop over the road from the Hobgoblin, I used to go there when it was a roller skating rink - about 40yrs ago.
    By the way I have some old photos of Brixton/Clapham especially Clapham Common and the paddling pool - my mum used to take me there when I was a baby. I was born in Solon Road, off Acre Lane - my mum used to work in the Sunlight Laundry Place, I attended Santley Primary School and we used the (now mosque) church hall on Stockwell Green for P.E.
  23. lang rabbie

    lang rabbie Je ne regrette les gazebos

    More old pics...

    I don't think that I've posted up previously that almost all of the photo library of the GLC and its predecessor the London County Council is now online - with quite a few Brixton pics.


    It is hidden away on a Euro-funded collaborative site The European Visual Archive hosted in the Netherlands, which London Metropolitan Archives seem to be doing precious little to publicise.
  24. Bob

    Bob Rusesabagina for a nobel

    There's a couple of good ones of Coldharbour lane - somewhere around Loughborough junction from the house numbers...
  25. editor

    editor Taffus Maximus

    Woooargh! That's an excellent collection!

    And that School of Building is fab!
  26. lang rabbie

    lang rabbie Je ne regrette les gazebos

    Can I send my apologies to Mike's nearest and dearest who won't see him for the next month while he pounds the streets of Brixton for a new portfolio of "then and now" photos. :oops:
  27. Bob

    Bob Rusesabagina for a nobel

    Where was the School of Building building? I assume it doesn't exist still - it must have been by the railway line somewhere - some of the photos of it are shot across the railway line...
  28. lang rabbie

    lang rabbie Je ne regrette les gazebos

    north side of Ferndale Road - it had a complicated site, with a block on Ferndale Road rebuilt after bomb damage that is now converted into flats, and the site once occupied by the enormous hall next to the railway which IIRC is behind houses further along the road.

    Apparently, part of the original buildings was converted from a former public baths.

  29. Bob

    Bob Rusesabagina for a nobel

    I think I can picture the place now. There's still a building on Ferndale road (in fact I think it still says 'school of building') - and I assume the flats are the ones by the Hubert Grove footbridge?
  30. pooka

    pooka Can't Re Member

    Exactly so.

    (Good find, rabbie)

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