Then and Now: 109 Brixton Hill
Photographic comparisons of old and modern views of Lambeth
1910 The premises of the delightfully monikered Ralph Sparks, 'Ladies and Gentlemens tailor'. Mr Sparks could also turn his hand to 'Ladies Costumes, Riding Habits, Liveries and Uniforms' and, intriguingly, 'Artistic Gentleman's Tailoring'. His entry in the 1910 Lambeth Guide also boasted of his talents as an 'Expert Breeches and Habit Maker'.
(pic: Lambeth Archives)
Feb 2004 The shop front looks considerably more tatty with a shabby sign replacing Mr Sparks' mirrored frontage. The premises are now used as a Fish and Chip shop, serving fine portions of old fashioned chips, wrapped up in newspaper. The shop follows the long tradition of employing dreadful puns to name fish and chip shops: 'Albert's Plaice'.
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