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Walton Lodge Laundry, Coldharbour Lane, Brixton has closed for good

Discussion in 'Brixton' started by editor, Jun 3, 2014.

  1. editor

    editor Taffus Maximus

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    I feel unexpectedly sad about this. I loved having proper industry in the heart of Brixton, and it was wonderful that they had operated out of the same distinctive building for 119 years (the business started in 1880).

    The building has a prospective buyer, although no contracts have been exchanged. A pre planning application from some time ago suggested the locally listed building may be used for student accommodation.

    Photos coming soon.
     
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    editor Taffus Maximus

  3. Belushi

    Belushi 01 811 8055 R.I.P.

    I know the building but never realised it was still operating as a laundry!
     
  4. colacubes

    colacubes Well-Known Member

    That's a shame :(
     
  5. Nedrop

    Nedrop Active Member

    always amazed me how they managed to park 3 trucks in there on a daily basis, some expert maneuvering was needed!
     
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  6. mxh

    mxh Well-Known Member

    Shame, must be a pretty competitive industry. I noticed last month the Sunlight laundry on Acre Lane has a name change Berendsen.
     
  7. buscador

    buscador culturally dominant

    I'm sure I'm going to sound like the dreadfullest of Daily Mail old farts now, but I do think it's quite sad that, while the facade of this building might be retained, what will most likely be lost is the "SANITARY STEAM LAUNDRY" (and below) signage. There are so many signs/advertisements/whatever that give clues to the history of a place that make wandering around so interesting. I'm not well-travelled enough to know if this is the same in other cities but it's something I love about London.
     
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  8. Rushy

    Rushy AKA some / certain posters

    I agree that's part of what makes it special. I'd have thought that would be retained. It's quite usual when the signage is part of the architecture and the use changes. The Old Hat Factory flat development in Soho is a lovely example. Steam Laundry is old fashioned sounding enough to be considered historical and desirable but not confusing.

    I wouldn't be surprised if whatever went in there is branded as the old steam laundry. Has Antic done one of those yet? :hmm:
     
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  9. editor

    editor Taffus Maximus

    Word is that Antic had been sniffing around the premises too, but it seems they were unsuccessful.
     
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  10. mxh

    mxh Well-Known Member

    Good, they appear to have enough going on in the area. Give someone else a chance.
     
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  11. leanderman

    leanderman Street Party: July 2

    While running yesterday, I was struck by just how many large commercial premises have been lost. Just to name the first two: the builder's merchants on Bedford Road and McCarthys cars at Clapham North.
     
  12. SarfLondoner

    SarfLondoner KenDoddsDadsDogsDead.

    There is to be another sainsburys on the old McCarthys site,That will make it 3 within half a mile not counting the main store on the high street.
     
  13. mxh

    mxh Well-Known Member

    Yes I noticed the builders merchant, lots of over priced flats going up.
    I take it McCarthys has gone the same way.
     
  14. cuppa tee

    cuppa tee Well-Known Member

    Yup, and likewise the Peugeot Garage at the end of Jeffreys road
     
  15. leanderman

    leanderman Street Party: July 2

    McCarthys not yet developed - but empty
     
  16. SarfLondoner

    SarfLondoner KenDoddsDadsDogsDead.

    Im surprised that the land on the corner of Acre lane/Kings avenue has not built on,Its a fair sized plot.
     
  17. cuppa tee

    cuppa tee Well-Known Member

    From the top of the 155 it's seems they are digging foundations and pretty deep ones at that
    .......there will be no shortage of yuppies gazumping each other for a gaff right next to the tube, four boozers and a pizza place for bonus points

    e2a 5 boozers
     
  18. leanderman

    leanderman Street Party: July 2

    Can't see a planning app
     
  19. cuppa tee

    cuppa tee Well-Known Member

    Do you need one to dig foundations ?
     
  20. leanderman

    leanderman Street Party: July 2

    dunno. but probably advisable!
     
  21. cuppa tee

    cuppa tee Well-Known Member

    that was an elevated forecourt there, so maybe it just looks deep from the top of the bus, but unless my memory is faulty I'm sure i saw one of those
    drills they use for sinking piles.......
     
  22. cuppa tee

    cuppa tee Well-Known Member

  23. leanderman

    leanderman Street Party: July 2

  24. Peanut Monkey

    Peanut Monkey Flea-Bit of CHL.

    Not forgetting no longer being able to marvel at how they squeezed their trucks into the forecourt when parked up.
     
  25. mxh

    mxh Well-Known Member

    Has the brick mountain been removed?
     
  26. editor

    editor Taffus Maximus

  27. leanderman

    leanderman Street Party: July 2

    Yes. Gone. Used car sales now. But plot was for sale for several million
     
  28. editor

    editor Taffus Maximus

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  29. CH1

    CH1 "Red Guard"(NLYL)

    I think he has an eye to the "Brixton Central" development.
    There is an arch at the back of the laundry which would give access through to any development on the old Tesco/Kwiksave site.
    Might make the site more valuable/developable than it currently appears.
     
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    editor Taffus Maximus

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