Then and Now: High level railway bridge, Brixton Road
Photographic comparisons of old and modern views of Lambeth
(Modern photo © urban75, July 2009)
1948 This post war view of the centre of Brixton shows the high level railway bridge near the junction with Atlantic Road, emblazoned with an advertisement for the News Of The World newspaper.
Directly under the bridge is the jewellers, Sanders and Company, who opened their Brixton branch in 1908.
The shop window of Gents Outfitters Dunn & Co shows off a selection of hats, while the second railway bridge beyond the Marks and Spencer building advertises Mecca Dance.
(pic: Lambeth Archives)
July 2009 Things have changed substantially in the past sixty years, with the bridge's iconic advertising vanishing and the pavement area considerably expanded and pushed forward into the road.
A shopping development completed in the mid 2000s has swept away the older strip of shops which stand close to the tube station (see 1999 panorama).
Although the decorative stonework above the sign is still intact, Sanders was taken over by H.Samuel in April 1984 and subsequently closed down. The shop was then used by Homelook - a forerunner of the cheap pound stores now doing good business in Brixton - before that closed some time in the mid 2000s.
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