Then and Now: Quin and Axtens deptartment store
Photographic comparisons of old and modern views of Lambeth
c.1914 View of Quin and Axtens' corner stores at the junction of Brixton Road and Stockwell Road. Note the large banners advertising, 'Exhibition of Choice Millinery, Latest Creations 10/6 (52.5p) style & value', 'Display of Stylish Costumes 21/-' (£1.05) and 'Display of Smart Shirts 2'11' (14.5p). Ominously looming above the store can be see the domed tower of its rival store, Bon Marché. (See: Q&A Ferndale Rd entrance)
(pic: Lambeth Archives)
Jan 2004 Quin and Axtens' store was destroyed by bombing in 1941, never to reopen again (a new mixed office/shop building was constructed on the site in 1950). It's arch-rival Bon Marché struggled on till the mid 1970s before its inevitable demise, leaving Morleys as Brixton's last surviving department store.
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