Then and Now: Bus shelter 222, Brixton Hill
Photographic comparisons of old and modern views of Lambeth
August 1939 An orderly queue waits for their bus outside S R Banks Smith Chemists at 222 Brixton Hill. The clock above the Snack Bar next door puts the time at a few minutes past three o'clock in the afternoon. Note the sign inviting passers-by to 'come in for a good cup of tea'. Less than a month after this photograph was taken, Britain would be plunged into the Second World War.
(pic: LT Museum)
July 2004 Sixty years later and the chemists shop is still there, now swallowed up into the Vantage chain. Unusually, the Post Box has vanished. You can see the headless remains of a gas lamp behind its former location. The Snack Bar has become the Bombay Inn serving the 'finest Indian Cuisine' while the antiques shop to the left is now a grocery store. Note the cars invading the pavement space.
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