Derelict house on Coldharbour Lane. Is this Brixton’s longest abandoned house?

Is this Brixton's longest abandoned house?

Slowly rotting away on Coldharbour Lane (by Barrington Road) is this four-floored Victorian terraced house.

It’s looked like this for getting on for two decades and now seems to be in a rather precarious state of repair.

Is this Brixton's longest abandoned house?

Although the front door has been covered in a metal grill for as long as I can remember, I can recall seeing a light on in the top window a few years ago and an urban75 poster noticed a  ” light on in the downstairs hallway when I went past on the bus the other week.”

Irish and English flags have been draped from the top windows, although the Irish one seems to have disappeared from the badly deteriorated right window. Maybe the place was squatted for a while?

Is this Brixton's longest abandoned house?

A view from March 2011 shows the roof in slightly better condition.

Is this Brixton's longest abandoned house?

Top floor detail, March 2007.

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Another March 2007 view.

With Brixton gentrifying at a hideous rate and property prices soaring, it seems remarkable that the building has remained untouched for so long. Anyone knows its history?

Update: it seems that despite its dilapidated appearance, the building is in fact occupied. Many thanks to readers for the info. See the thread on urban75 for more info.