Brixton: lost pubs: THE GEORGE
82 Railton Road, London, SE24 0LD
c. 1921 Pub detail. Note the signs advertising bottled Bass beer and 'Noted Malt Liquors, Wines and Spirits' and the fine gas lamps.
c. 1921 View of the pub looking towards Brixton, past the corner of Effra Parade.
c.1970 view showing the new building from the 1930s.
Interior view c.1970, showing a traditional dartboard and small serving hatch.
c.1970 view with funky wallpaper.
Contemporary view .
By the 1970s, Railton Road had become a run down inner city area, known locally as 'The Frontline'. The area was the epicentre for the 1981 Brixton Riots, during which the George was burnt down and several other buildings damaged.
The landlord of The George was a notorious racist and had been reported to the Race Relations Board in 1966. His racist attitudes towards local blacks had been a issue for protesters throughout the 60s and 70s, which made the pub a deserving attack during the riots.
After the pub was burnt down, the South London Press noted that it was, "undoubtedly an act of revenge for years of racial discrimination." Race and Racism [Peter Jackson]
A new pub, Harmony (formerly Mingles), now stands on the site of The George.
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