Coldharbour Lane, Brixton to Loughborough Junction walk
A south London walk
(Photos ©urban75, 22nd March 2011)
A photo snappin' walk along Coldharbour Lane, Brixton, through Loughborough Junction and into Camberwell.
Coldharbour Lane squat. This building has been squatted/empty (it's hard to work out which now) for as long as I can remember.
Approaching Loughborough Junction. Another shop looks like it's being converted into a flat. You can see a 1921 view of a nearby scene here.
Currently regaling under the name 'Shakespeare Business Centre - BizSpace' or alternatively 'Lambeth Harbour' are these large commercial buildings on the corner of Coldharbour Lane and Shakespeare Road.
Formerly The Warrior - a pub that once boasted its own in-house brewery - and latterly known as The Junction, closed its doors over eight years ago.
The Junction once boasted some mighty fine drum and bass nights but with the floors above being converted into 'luxury' flats there's no prospect of a proper pub ever returning to the still-empty space on the ground floor.
Loughborough Junction may be daftly described as being "in motion" by some estate agent types, in reality it remains a pale shadow of its former glory. All three pubs have closed and most of the remaining shops are fairly rundown. Even the long serving Futon Shop threw in the towel several years ago.
Let's face it - even on a sunny day, Loughborough Junction isn't exactly what you's call picturesque!
There's been a pub here since at least 1881, and the Green Man on the corner of Coldharbour Lane and Hinton Road was a fine old boozer.
Drug problems contributed to its permanent closure in 2003, although the fine building has at least enjoyed a sympathetic restoration, revealing the original tiled facade.
Snapped on my way back is the old Barneys Cafe, now rather confusingly known as 'Joel's Barney's cafe'.
See photo feature on the cafe here.
A handful of daffodils for Loughborough Junction. Click here for a similar view from 1905.
Red Gate Gallery.
Loughborough House. Brixton has an interesting connection with Loughborough - check out the story here: From Loughborough to Lambeth.
Old shops on Coldharbour Lane, just past Loughborough Junction station. The second hand furniture store (nearest the camera) has been here for years.
The Crown public house (latterly the Mucky Duck) has been empty for at least seven years and loks in a forlorn state.
Smashed pub window.
Detail from Chichester Terrace, Coldharbour Lane.
The fourth closed pub in a hundred yards or so, the former Enterprise, now a Vietnamese restaurant. Pub feature here.
There was a huge empty lot here for years on end, used sporadically as a car park and as a Christmas Tree stall around Christmas.
Johnnies - "coming soon with a brand new range of"....nothing, apparently.
Formerly The Plough, this old working class pub has become 'Amaryllis Bar and Kitchen' serving a curious blend of Chinese and Indo-Caribbean options.
The Sun and Doves pub at 61-63 Coldharbour Lane.
More building work as Coldharbour Lane heads into Camberwell.
Striking, Japanese-style wave mural at Coldharbour Place, SE5.
At the western end of Coldharbour Lane is Rock Steady Eddies, a legendary south London cafe.
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