Then and Now: Pope's Road street market
Photographic comparisons of old and modern views of Lambeth
c1921 The market had just been moved off Atlantic Road at the request of the police responding to growing traffic chaos. All of the shops in the row are coal merchants as there was a coal depot here. Note the terrace of Victorian houses in the distance (underneath the bridge).
(pic: Lambeth Archives)
May 2003 The coal depot and merchants have long gone, to be replaced with a row of shopping units with garish pink signs. In the background can be seen grim, bleak frontage of the car park, possibly the worst building in the whole of Brixton (although this one is a contender). The market is still as popular as ever.
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