Then and Now: Central Brixton
Photographic comparisons of old and modern views of Lambeth
c. 1900 The building line along Brixton Road was pegged back, originally providing large gardens in front of the houses. By 1900, much of this space has been turned into a pavement and was used by market traders. In this view, you can see the original Prince of Wales pub (far right), with Electric Avenue (marked by the two matching domes) to the left. Coldharbour Lane is to the right.
(pic: Brixton Society)
April 2003 In 1935, agreement was reached to allow the 1810 building line to be moved forward and the road widened. As a result, most of the frontage between the high level viaduct and Coldharbour Lane was rebuilt, adding a new 'streamlined' Prince of Wales pub and an Art Deco Woolworths. Unfortunately, all this building work makes it almost impossible to line up the two images!
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