New Brixton 'Then and Now' pics

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

  1. Minnie_the_Minx

    Minnie_the_Minx someinenhhanding menbag and me ah bollox

    School of Building - now 140 Ferndale Road
  2. Minnie_the_Minx

    Minnie_the_Minx someinenhhanding menbag and me ah bollox


    In 1874, the Surrey County Club had been erected as a private venture on open land at the west end of Shepherd's Lane (now 140 Ferndale Road). The buildings included a swimming pool, but the venture failed in 1881, and the premises were next used for Lambeth Polytechnic School, orgaised by a local committee. By 1892, this too had closed and the site was acquired by Lambeth Vestry, for new baths and washhouses, but the proposed scheme was too expensive, so the premises were still on the market in 1897, when the London County Council took up the idea of a technical school for the building industry.
  3. corporate whore

    corporate whore oh, thought you were dead

    Check out the spectral figure standing in the middle of Effra Road on page six of the EU link - the pic with the ferris wheel.

    You can see right through him!

  4. sufilala

    sufilala بريكيستاني *سابق

    then & now

    just missed this one, it was pulled down last month
    another lambeth school gone :mad: there's still a plaque from 1900ish when that school was opened
  5. Minnie_the_Minx

    Minnie_the_Minx someinenhhanding menbag and me ah bollox

    Maybe he's a soldier who died in the First World War. He looks like he's got a uniform on :D
  6. Mrs Magpie

    Mrs Magpie On a bit of break...

    1900ish? That building looks later than that......
  7. Donna Ferentes

    Donna Ferentes jubliado


    Does this remind anybody else of Brazil?
  8. sufilala

    sufilala بريكيستاني *سابق

    I guess the school was inaugurated in 1900ish, then this entrance was added in the modernist era...

    if you're quick you could get a snap of the enormous, school-size pile of bricks & rubble for 'the&now' before it's moved to make way for .... yuppy apartments... :mad:

    i got a photo of the plaque somewhere..although it's survived the demolition & is still in situ, along with the school toilets where they caught my kid smoking!! :eek: :D
  9. Mrs Magpie

    Mrs Magpie On a bit of break...

    Actually no, Justin. It reminded me of The Daily Mail's entry at the Chelsea Flower Show a few years ago, but without the little lake and the boat........
  10. Bob

    Bob Rusesabagina for a nobel

    Clearly it was done as a practical project at the building school - but why on earth they couldn't have built a real house that somebody could live in afterwards I'd like to know...
  11. lang rabbie

    lang rabbie Je ne regrette les gazebos

    The excessively tidy appearance compared to the other photos of construction in the hall made me think "Royal Visit".
  12. editor

    editor Taffus Maximus

    I've just posted up one new 'Then and Now' from the fresh batch of archive images discovered by lang rabbie! (shame they're a bit lo-res, though)

    Brixton Fire Station (Ferndale Road)

    One thing: at first I thought that the tower in the back was a training platform for firemen, but it appears to be still intact in the 2005 image (but now covered).

    Maybe it was the fire escape for the soon-to-be-built Bon Marche building (although it would be odd to build that before the rest of the building!).

    Any ideas?!
  13. lang rabbie

    lang rabbie Je ne regrette les gazebos

    [daily mail editorial mode] It is a secret short wave radio transmitter, run by those scoundrels at the Refugee Council who now occupy the building, by which messages are broadcast to Albania on the ready availability of welfare benefits to bogus asylum seekers. [/daily mail editorial mode]
  14. Allan

    Allan .

    I like the way everything was painted in various shades of grey in the old days.
  15. sufilala

    sufilala بريكيستاني *سابق

    that's posed to be secret
    ye'll be tellin em about the secret tunnels to kurdistan next
  16. editor

    editor Taffus Maximus

  17. Bob

    Bob Rusesabagina for a nobel

    The comparison between the Sussex Arms where the government tried to improve a whole area by demolishing it and the Loughborough Hotel (nice old building still intact) is something I'll point out to the next person who shows me a grandiose public project with the architects drawings showing people happily chatting in the streets.

    Edited to add: My serious point is that the pubs that have been converted to flats still look like nice old buildings - in other words the planning system is doing a good job of making the area look nice.
  18. Bob

    Bob Rusesabagina for a nobel

    PS nice work on the pictures.

    It's not really Brixton but if you go up to Kennington to the Ethelred & Vauxhall Gardens estates (and indeed pretty much all of the estates round there) the only nice old buildings left are the pubs / ex pubs - the rest were demolished in the orgy of rebuilding from the 1930s - the 1980s when councils routinely demolished victorian housing and put up bad council housing.
  19. lang rabbie

    lang rabbie Je ne regrette les gazebos

    Is there a danger of Potemkin village syndrome?

    Whenever I bring visitors from the States down from central london by bus (no longer alas on the top deck of a Routemaster) they are enchanted by the carefully preserved townscape of the 19th century facades of the northern end of Brixton Road. But they hide the other Brixton of the Myatts Fields North estate from view.
  20. Byronik

    Byronik Expat Emigré

    Littlewoods? Yes. My first wife and I used to call it Smallwoods. You made your own entertainment in those days.
  21. editor

    editor Taffus Maximus

  22. Meerkat

    Meerkat Well-Known Member

    Thanks Ed. I used to live in 244 Brixton Hill.
  23. Minnie_the_Minx

    Minnie_the_Minx someinenhhanding menbag and me ah bollox

    Although I recognise the shop on Brixton Hill, I don't recognise above it, probably because I rarely walk on the other side of the Hill.

    The bookies is still there, but I can never remember the name of it. It's not one of the biggies obviously, and it's not Paddy Power. I'm sure someone will remember. Oh, and before it was the bookies, I'm pretty sure it was an office of London & Quadrant

    Tuson's Corner - NEVER heard of it :D
  24. Minnie_the_Minx

    Minnie_the_Minx someinenhhanding menbag and me ah bollox

    We need more. If Ed thinks he's gonna shut the Brixton Hillites up with two pictures he's wrong :D
  25. editor

    editor Taffus Maximus

    Err.. there's now *13* carefully researched scenes in the Brixton Hill section.

    That's more than double the size of the Effra Road collection and that's much closer!
  26. editor

    editor Taffus Maximus

    Does 246 exist? I couldn't find it although I saw it listed somewhere online.
  27. Minnie_the_Minx

    Minnie_the_Minx someinenhhanding menbag and me ah bollox

    yeah well, there's nothing of interest in Effra Road :D

    Can we have some pictures of all the arches around Loughborough Junction. My grandfather used to have one there but I get confused as they all look alike :oops:
  28. huxley71

    huxley71 Well-Known Member

    These are great. Does anyone know of any old (WWII) pictures of Morley's? And, did it used to be called 'Bon Marche'? Or was that somewhere else?
  29. editor

    editor Taffus Maximus

    They were two rival stores.

    Morleys opened as Morley & Lanceley's in the 1880s and became Morley's in 1927.
  30. Bazza

    Bazza New Member

    Editor, you seen the Clash film, 'Rude Boy'? Some good Brixton moments in it. Mainly Atlantic Road, Brixton Market, Coldharbour Lane and a scene with Joe Strummer at the bar in Brady's.

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