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Brixton Collection

"Brixton: A Historical Tapestry of Resilience and Transformation" Steeped in history, it has witnessed the evolution of time and emerged as a vibrant hub in London

Background imageBrixton Collection: GLC-LFB - Dual purpose pump fire engine

GLC-LFB - Dual purpose pump fire engine
The GLC-LFB was created on 1 April 1965. A series of photos was commissioned of each type of fire engine, either within or absorbed into the enlarged London Fire Brigade

Background imageBrixton Collection: Astoria Cinema

Astoria Cinema
August 1929: Exterior of the Astoria Cinema, Brixton, south London. (Photo by Central Press/Getty Images)

Background imageBrixton Collection: Steer Point Station, Devon, c. 1898

Steer Point Station, Devon, c. 1898
A view of Steer Point station on the Plymouth to Yealmpton Line, at Brixton, east of Plymouth in Devon, c.1898. The station opened in January 1898 and closed in 1930

Background imageBrixton Collection: Brixton Road

Brixton Road
A tram in Brixton Road. Date: circa 1900

Background imageBrixton Collection: Zebra Power

Zebra Power
A zebra and trap and a London tram vie for business in Brixton. (Photo by Topical Press Agency/Getty Images)

Background imageBrixton Collection: Brixton Prison / Mayhew

Brixton Prison / Mayhew
Female convicts during the silent hour at Brixton Prison, London. All prisoners were required to sit quietly outside their cell

Background imageBrixton Collection: LCC-LFB Brixton fire station, London SW8

LCC-LFB Brixton fire station, London SW8
Built by the London County Council, Brixton fire station is located at 84 Gresham Road SW8. It remains operational and is one of the London Fire Brigades busiest stations

Background imageBrixton Collection: LCC-MFB Brixton fire station, Stockwell, SW London

LCC-MFB Brixton fire station, Stockwell, SW London
Brixton fire station, located in Shepherds Lane, Ferndale Road, Brixton, built in 1867. Brixton firemen pose with their two engines (an escape cart and steamer pump)

Background imageBrixton Collection: London Fire Brigade, second Brixton Riots

London Fire Brigade, second Brixton Riots
On 28 September 1985 the second Brixton riot erupted. After the arrest of a man following a shooting incident, a largely black crowd protested at Brixton Police station in Lambeth, South London

Background imageBrixton Collection: Lawrences garage in Brixton, London 1924. Creator: Unknown

Lawrences garage in Brixton, London 1924. Creator: Unknown
Lawrences garage in Brixton, London 1924

Background imageBrixton Collection: National Fire Prevention Campaign, Brixton, London

National Fire Prevention Campaign, Brixton, London
National Fire Prevention Campaign, London -- Station Officer Albert Benjamin of Clapham Fire Station talking to children in Sommerleyton Road, Brixton, South London. Date: circa 1960s

Background imageBrixton Collection: LCC-LFB Dennis dual-purpose pump-escape

LCC-LFB Dennis dual-purpose pump-escape
The Dennis dual-purpose pump-escape from D66 station Brixton (Gresham Road, SW4), pictured on Lambeth Bridge. The hose-reel tubing

Background imageBrixton Collection: Last of the Charlies -- watchman at Brixton Hill, London

Last of the Charlies -- watchman at Brixton Hill, London
The last of the Charlies (the traditional nickname for watchmen). Seen here is Mr R Stokes at his watchmans box, 160 Brixton Hill, South London, well equipped with a truncheon

Background imageBrixton Collection: The First London County Council (engraving)

The First London County Council (engraving)
1055803 The First London County Council (engraving) by English School, (19th century); Private Collection; (add.info.: The First London County Council)

Background imageBrixton Collection: Brixton purgatory, 1822

Brixton purgatory, 1822. Prisoners Theodore Hook, William Cobbett, Henry Hunt and Thomas Wooler on the treadmill at Brixton Prison

Background imageBrixton Collection: Sleeping cell at Brixton Prison

Sleeping cell at Brixton Prison

Background imageBrixton Collection: An engraving depicting a treadmill at Brixton Prison. Introduced for prison discipline by William

An engraving depicting a treadmill at Brixton Prison. Introduced for prison discipline by William Cubitt of Ipswich
5310735 An engraving depicting a treadmill at Brixton Prison. Introduced for prison discipline by William Cubitt of Ipswich, 19th century; (add.info.: Date: 1835); Universal History Archive/UIG

Background imageBrixton Collection: Tread mill, 1835

Tread mill, 1835
3479377 Tread mill, 1835; (add.info.: Tread mill at Brixton prison. Introduced for prison discipline by William Cubitt of Ipswich. Dated 1835.); Universal History Archive/UIG

Background imageBrixton Collection: Brixton Tower Retro Travel Print

Brixton Tower Retro Travel Print
Retrodrome

Background imageBrixton Collection: Lord Scarman, new press conference to release his report into The Brixton Disorders 10-12

Lord Scarman, new press conference to release his report into The Brixton Disorders 10-12 April 1981, London, Wednesday 25th November 1981

Background imageBrixton Collection: Lord Scarman visits Brixton, London, Wednesday 15th July 1981

Lord Scarman visits Brixton, London, Wednesday 15th July 1981, he is conducting an inquiry into Brixtons April riots, the unplanned visit was to see for himself the damage caused by police officers

Background imageBrixton Collection: General views of Southwyck House Housing Estate aka Barrier Block

General views of Southwyck House Housing Estate aka Barrier Block, on the Somerleyton Estate in Brixton, London. 31st October 1991

Background imageBrixton Collection: David Bowie launches The Brixton Community Centre, yards away from his own birthplace in

David Bowie launches The Brixton Community Centre, yards away from his own birthplace in Stanfield Road, Brixton. David donated 200, 000 of his own money to get the community centre off the grown

Background imageBrixton Collection: Eugene Lauste recording the first combined moving image and sound, c1905, (1935)

Eugene Lauste recording the first combined moving image and sound, c1905, (1935). Eugene Lauste may be seen already experimenting with " Talkies"

Background imageBrixton Collection: Electric Avenue, Brixton, London

Electric Avenue, Brixton, London - note the delightful arcade-style covering of the sheltered walkways, providing shelter to the shopfronts

Background imageBrixton Collection: A fine townhouse on Angell Road, Brixton

A fine townhouse on Angell Road, Brixton - Angell Town was an estate of houses for the wealthy laid out in the 1850's and 1860's with Wiltshire Road its main axis. Date: circa 1910s

Background imageBrixton Collection: Angel Road and St. John's Church. Brixton, South London

Angel Road and St. John's Church. Brixton, South London. Date: 1906

Background imageBrixton Collection: Angell Road, Brixton, London

Angell Road, Brixton, London. Date: 1908

Background imageBrixton Collection: Foundation Stone for New Brixton Theatre 1894

Foundation Stone for New Brixton Theatre 1894
Henry Irving laying the foundation stone of the new Brixton Theatre and Opera House. Built by theatre architect, Frank Matcham

Background imageBrixton Collection: The Brixton and Kennington Tramway, Interior of a Carriage (engraving)

The Brixton and Kennington Tramway, Interior of a Carriage (engraving)
1057199 The Brixton and Kennington Tramway, Interior of a Carriage (engraving) by Durand, Godefroy (1832-1896); Private Collection; (add.info.: The Brixton and Kennington Tramway)

Background imageBrixton Collection: City of London Orphan School, Brixton (engraving)

City of London Orphan School, Brixton (engraving)
5204455 City of London Orphan School, Brixton (engraving) by English School, (19th century); Private Collection; (add.info.: City of London Orphan School, Brixton, Mr Bunning, Architect)

Background imageBrixton Collection: Members of the New London County Council (engraving)

Members of the New London County Council (engraving)
1626273 Members of the New London County Council (engraving) by English School, (19th century); Private Collection; (add.info.: Members of the New London County Council)

Background imageBrixton Collection: Treadmill at Brixton prison (w / c on paper)

Treadmill at Brixton prison (w / c on paper)
559101 Treadmill at Brixton prison (w/c on paper) by English School, (19th century); Private Collection; (add.info.: Treadmill at Brixton prison.); Look and Learn / Peter Jackson Collection; English

Background imageBrixton Collection: Photograph of Volunteer PH, Brixton, London

Photograph of Volunteer PH, Brixton, London. The main side of the print (shown here) depicts: Corner on view of the pub. The back of the print (available on request) details: Trading Record 1934

Background imageBrixton Collection: Photograph of Royal Standard PH, Brixton, London

Photograph of Royal Standard PH, Brixton, London. The main side of the print (shown here) depicts: Right face on view of the pub

Background imageBrixton Collection: Photograph of Royal Oak PH, Brixton, London

Photograph of Royal Oak PH, Brixton, London. The main side of the print (shown here) depicts: Right face on view of the pub. The back of the print (available on request) details: Trading Record 1934

Background imageBrixton Collection: Photograph of Red Lion PH, Brixton, London

Photograph of Red Lion PH, Brixton, London. The main side of the print (shown here) depicts: Face on view of the pub. The back of the print (available on request) details: Trading Record 1920

Background imageBrixton Collection: Photograph of Perseverance PH, Brixton, London

Photograph of Perseverance PH, Brixton, London. The main side of the print (shown here) depicts: Corner on view of the pub

Background imageBrixton Collection: Photograph of Mostyn Arms, Brixton, London

Photograph of Mostyn Arms, Brixton, London. The main side of the print (shown here) depicts: Corner on view of the pub. The back of the print (available on request) details: Trading Record 1929

Background imageBrixton Collection: Photograph of Loughborough Hotel, Brixton, London

Photograph of Loughborough Hotel, Brixton, London. The main side of the print (shown here) depicts: Interior Ball Room of the pub

Background imageBrixton Collection: Photograph of King of Sardinia PH, Brixton, London

Photograph of King of Sardinia PH, Brixton, London. The main side of the print (shown here) depicts: Corner on view of the pub

Background imageBrixton Collection: Photograph of Gresham Tavern, Brixton, London

Photograph of Gresham Tavern, Brixton, London. The main side of the print (shown here) depicts: Left Face on view of the pub

Background imageBrixton Collection: Photograph of Crown PH, Brixton, London

Photograph of Crown PH, Brixton, London. The main side of the print (shown here) depicts: Corner on view of the pub. The back of the print (available on request) details: Trading Record 1942

Background imageBrixton Collection: St Saviours Church, Brixton, NW View (engraving)

St Saviours Church, Brixton, NW View (engraving)
6018793 St Saviours Church, Brixton, NW View (engraving) by English School, (19th century); Private Collection; (add.info.: St Saviours Church, Brixton, NW View)

Background imageBrixton Collection: Map of underground and overground stations, South London

Map of underground and overground stations, South London
Map of underground and overground stations connecting the City to South London. The overground lines are the London & South Western Railway and the London Chatham & Dover Railway

Background imageBrixton Collection: Women recording votes for the General Election 1955

Women recording votes for the General Election 1955
Women recording the General Election votes, 26 May 1955, in Brixton town hall, London. The 1955 General Election, often described as one of the dullest of the post-war period

Background imageBrixton Collection: Brixton Orphanage for Fatherless Girls

Brixton Orphanage for Fatherless Girls
A view of the frontage of the Orphanage for Fatherless Girls, Barrington Road, Brixton. Date: Date unknown

Background imageBrixton Collection: Brixton Beauty, Acontia nitidula

Brixton Beauty, Acontia nitidula (Phalaena catena). Handcoloured copperplate engraving by James Sowerby from The British Miscellany, or Coloured figures of new, rare, or little known animal subjects



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"Brixton: A Historical Tapestry of Resilience and Transformation" Steeped in history, it has witnessed the evolution of time and emerged as a vibrant hub in London. From its humble beginnings at Steer Point Station in Devon circa 1898 to the iconic Astoria Cinema that once graced its streets, this neighborhood has always been a melting pot of culture. In times of crisis, heroes emerge. The GLC-LFB's dual-purpose pump fire engine stood tall amidst chaos, battling flames with unwavering determination. Zebra Power illuminated Brixton Road, electrifying the community with energy and progress. Yet not all stories are glamorous; tucked away behind towering walls lies Brixton Prison - a place where Mayhew's tales unfolded within confined spaces. LCC-LFB Brixton fire station became an emblem of safety during turbulent times like the second Brixton Riots when London Fire Brigade valiantly protected their beloved district. Lawrence's garage in 1924 was witness to countless journeys embarked upon by locals seeking new horizons. Its creator remains unknown but left an indelible mark on this ever-changing landscape. Amidst adversity, unity prevails. The National Fire Prevention Campaign brought together residents from all walks of life to safeguard their homes and dreams. LCC-LFB Dennis dual-purpose pump-escape symbolized hope as it raced through the streets during emergencies. The First London County Council engraving captures the essence of governance that shaped Brixton into what it is today – a testament to progress and inclusivity. Beneath its surface lies a tapestry woven with threads of resilience and transformation – each chapter contributing to the rich fabric that defines modern-day Brixton. As time marches forward, this neighborhood continues to embrace change while cherishing its storied past - forever etched into its very soul.