Then and Now: Atlantic Road by Pope's Road
Photographic comparisons of old and modern views of Lambeth
c. 1900 Conveniently close to the high level railway station above, this turn of the century scene sees Atlantic Road bustling with street vendors. An 1881 report commented on the cheapness of the goods on offer ("grapes and tomatoes as little as twopence") and an increasing problem with beggars (some things haven't changed!). Increasing congestion resulted in the stall holders being relocated to Pope's Road and Brixton Station Road in 1921.
(pic: Brixton Society)
April 2003 A hundred years on and the street's as bustling as ever, with a strip of butcher's shops blasting out a wide mix of world music. The traffic has got increasingly congested over the years, and it's not unusual to find the entire street grid locked. Note the railway platforms have since been extended outwards over the street.
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