Brixton Ten Years Ago: police signs, Fridge club, market scenes and the Phoenix cafe, Jan 2006

Brixton Ten Years Ago: police signs, Fridge club, market scenes and the old Phoenix, January 2006

Here’s another selection of archive photos of Brixton, this time from a decade ago in January 2006: a month that ended with the Arctic Monkey’s, “When The Sun Goes Down” topping the singles chart.

Brixton Ten Years Ago: police signs, Fridge club, market scenes and the old Phoenix, January 2006

Now the Electric Brixton, the Fridge was founded by Andrew Czezowski and Susan Carrington in 1981, and was originally located in a small club at 390 Brixton Lane, before moving to premises above Iceland in Brixton Road in 1982.

With growing crowds, the club moved to the former Palladium Picture House – a converted 1913 cinema on the Town Hall Parade in 1985. Note the fridge doors adorning the venue’s façade. The sign advertises, “TOTAL MAYHEM” on Friday and “COLOURS” the next night.

The club closed in March 2010 and reopened as the Electric Brixton in September 2011.

In 2015, some of the original signage from the Fridge went up for sale on eBay.

Read more about the history of the Electric/Fridge:
Fridge history in photos
Palladium Cinema/Fridge (1915)
Palladium Cinema/Fridge (1945)
Brixton Ace flyer (1983)

Brixton Ten Years Ago: police signs, Fridge club, market scenes and the old Phoenix, January 2006

The large Viaduct development on Coldharbour Lane under construction. Owned by multi-millionaire, uber-capitalist developers Lexadon, there’s ne’er a whiff of social housing to be found here, obviously.

Brixton Ten Years Ago: police signs, Fridge club, market scenes and the old Phoenix, January 2006

The old and much missed original Phoenix cafe on Coldharbour Lane.

Brixton Ten Years Ago: police signs, Fridge club, market scenes and the old Phoenix, January 2006

Two quality meals at the Phoenix, but nothing will match the tasty might of their toasted halloumi salad sandwiches. They were bloomin’ lush.

Brixton Ten Years Ago: police signs, Fridge club, market scenes and the old Phoenix, January 2006

Once the site of a smart cinema theatre and then the Camping Centre, 101 & 103 Brixton Hill has since been occupied by a succession of swiftly disappearing businesses.

Read more here:
Cinema history photo feature
Read the history of the cinema and see archive posters here
Lost theatres and cinemas of Brixton

Brixton Ten Years Ago: police signs, Fridge club, market scenes and the old Phoenix, January 2006

Old sign revealed on Town Hall Parade.

Brixton Ten Years Ago: police signs, Fridge club, market scenes and the old Phoenix, January 2006

Looking over Windrush Square, with the Tate Library dominating the scene.

Brixton Ten Years Ago: police signs, Fridge club, market scenes and the old Phoenix, January 2006

The much missed Brixton Woolworths bit the dust in January 2009, and is now part of the H&M chain with a Premier Hotel currently being built on top.

Happily the adjacent – and lovely – Reliance Arcade is still with us.

Brixton Ten Years Ago: police signs, Fridge club, market scenes and the old Phoenix, January 2006

One of Brixton’s long-lost pubs, the Black Horse on Brixton Road.

Very little archive material seems to be available for this pub – please get in touch if you have any related photos or documents.

Brixton Ten Years Ago: police signs, Fridge club, market scenes and the old Phoenix, January 2006

The old pub is now a branch of the Halifax Building Society.

Brixton Ten Years Ago: police signs, Fridge club, market scenes and the old Phoenix, January 2006

Very few places are missed as much by old school Brixtonians than Bradys/Railway on Atlantic Road.

Despite a long and sustained effort by the community to reopen the venue, it’s now been swallowed up by Mexican-themed restaurant chain, Wahaca.

Brixton Ten Years Ago: police signs, Fridge club, market scenes and the old Phoenix, January 2006

Night view, Brixton Station Road.

Brixton Ten Years Ago: police signs, Fridge club, market scenes and the old Phoenix, January 2006

Valentia Place.

Brixton Ten Years Ago: police signs, Fridge club, market scenes and the old Phoenix, January 2006

Wobbly memorial at St Matthews church, Brixton.

Brixton Ten Years Ago: police signs, Fridge club, market scenes and the old Phoenix, January 2006

‘Be Alert’ warned this scrolling LED sign on Brixton Hill. ‘This is a burglary hotspot area.’

Brixton Ten Years Ago: police signs, Fridge club, market scenes and the old Phoenix, January 2006

Police board on Brixton Hill asks for witnesses after shots were fired at the Mass nightclub, which was located at the top of St Matthews church.

See feature: Shooting boards of Brixton.

Brixton Ten Years Ago: police signs, Fridge club, market scenes and the old Phoenix, January 2006

Knackered sign. Although the Mass nightclub is long gone, and the Bug Bar is now Gremio, the White Horse pub (not ‘whitehorse’) is still in business on Brixton Hill.

Brixton Ten Years Ago: police signs, Fridge club, market scenes and the old Phoenix, January 2006

Windrush Square scene.

Brixton Ten Years Ago: police signs, Fridge club, market scenes and the old Phoenix, January 2006

Police warning on Brixton Road about da yoot on bicycles grabbing mobile phones from inattentive pedestrians.

It’s something that’s still going on today.

Brixton Ten Years Ago: police signs, Fridge club, market scenes and the old Phoenix, January 2006

Heavy manners on Atlantic Road.Brixton Ten Years Ago: police signs, Fridge club, market scenes and the old Phoenix, January 2006

Roof detail, Brady’s.

Brixton Ten Years Ago: police signs, Fridge club, market scenes and the old Phoenix, January 2006

26 Brixton Station Road, which once housed the Pleasure Land cinema (capacity: 150) in Edwardian times.

Read more:  Lost Brixton: Lost cinemas of Brixton.

Brixton Ten Years Ago: police signs, Fridge club, market scenes and the old Phoenix, January 2006

A wet afternoon on a deserted Station Road

Brixton Ten Years Ago: police signs, Fridge club, market scenes and the old Phoenix, January 2006

Busy scene on Pope’s Road.

Brixton Ten Years Ago: police signs, Fridge club, market scenes and the old Phoenix, January 2006

Railway arches off Valentia Place. Still home to long standing community of artists – and host to some bloody amazing parties back in the day – the entire area faces massive gentrification.

Brixton Ten Years Ago: police signs, Fridge club, market scenes and the old Phoenix, January 2006

222, Atlantic Road, once the home to ‘Stones Television and Radio’. See photo feature here.

Brixton Ten Years Ago: police signs, Fridge club, market scenes and the old Phoenix, January 2006

Morris Minor pootles past Electric Avenue.

Brixton Ten Years Ago: police signs, Fridge club, market scenes and the old Phoenix, January 2006

The former premises of black newspaper, The Voice, this building right next to the Cooltan Arts squat on Coldharbour Lane was briefly squatted and turned into a venue for weekend raves.

After remaining derelict for the best part of eight years, the building was finally demolished in summer 2007, along with Cooltan next door. The site is now occupied by the Milles Square/Brixton Square private housing development.

See more Brixton history:
On this blog
On the boards
On the comprehensive urban75 Brixton history archives
Lost pubs of Brixton