Brixton ten years ago – Angel town demolition, Station Road mannequins and pub scenes, April 2004

Brixton ten years ago - Angel town demolition, Station Road manikins and the Dogstar DJ booth

Here’s another collection of Brixton scenes from a decade ago, starting with a view of Brixton Station Road, featuring an eye catching display from the second hand shop in the railway arch.

Brixton ten years ago - Angel town demolition, Station Road manikins and the Dogstar DJ booth

To the left, you can see the concrete corner of the old car park. This was replaced by a temporary ice rink which was open from December 2011 to November 2013.

The site will now be used by the Grow:Brixton project for the next couple of years.

Brixton ten years ago - Angel town demolition, Station Road manikins and the Dogstar DJ booth

Work underway on demolishing a large park of the Angell Town estate, north Brixton.

Built in the 1970s, Angell Town was described as “a fortress of poorly constructed concrete blocks connected by high-level bridges, with garages dominating the ground level ” [].

A major redevelopment project saw nearly 600 social housing units eventually being refurbished or newly built. 

Brixton ten years ago - Angel town demolition, Station Road manikins and the Dogstar DJ booth

Read more about the Angell Town redevelopment in this Guardian feature: “From rocky beginnings
A notorious estate has been transformed into a model of sustainability, showing that going green is more than just gadgetry

Brixton ten years ago - Angel town demolition, Station Road manikins and the Dogstar DJ booth

In the distance, beyond the rubble, you can see the spire of St. John’s church in Angell Town, which was consecrated in 1853.

The area was named after the Angell family, who had owned land in Lambeth since the latter part of the 17th century.

Brixton ten years ago - Angel town demolition, Station Road manikins and the Dogstar DJ booth

Drinking coffee in the Lounge, Atlantic Road.

On the table is a Sony TH-55 PDA which at the time was at the cutting edge of tech. Running the now abandoned Palm operating system, the device looked very much like an iPhone but had no phone built in.

Brixton ten years ago - Angel town demolition, Station Road manikins and the Dogstar DJ booth

Sign from Granville Arcade (now the Brixton Village).

Brixton ten years ago - Angel town demolition, Station Road manikins and the Dogstar DJ booth

Inside the Dogstar on Coldharbour Lane, possibly listening to Jerry Dammers who put on some wonderful drum and bass nights there. Note that the DJ booth was then positioned to the left of the bar back.

Brixton ten years ago - Angel town demolition, Station Road manikins and the Dogstar DJ booth

Goalposts in Brockwell park.

Brixton ten years ago - Angel town demolition, Station Road manikins and the Dogstar DJ booth

Local band the Messengers of God play at the Prince Albert, then bedecked in a lurid bright orange paint job.

Brixton ten years ago - Angel town demolition, Station Road manikins and the Dogstar DJ booth

At the bar of Canterbury Arms, a fine Brixton pub that is soon to be demolished and turned into luxury flats.

Brixton ten years ago - Angel town demolition, Station Road manikins and the Dogstar DJ booth

Coxson records in Granville Arcade.

Brixton ten years ago - Angel town demolition, Station Road manikins and the Dogstar DJ booth

I’m still trying to work out where this artwork comes from. Anyone know?

More Brixton history:
Brixton: Ten Years Ago photo features
Brixton photo  archive on our sister site, urban75.