Brixton 15 Years Ago: Brockwell Park, Railton Road and drugs, April 2002

Brixton 15 Years Ago: Brockwell Park, Railton Road and drugs, April 2002

Here’s a small selection of archive photos taken in and around Brixton fifteen years ago, in April 2002. Above can be seen a subverted BBC advert in Herne Hill.

Brixton 15 Years Ago: Brockwell Park, Railton Road and drugs, April 2002

Coldharbour Lane. Formerly a hairdressers, this building saw little use for years. Recently it has opened up as a vape shop.

Brixton 15 Years Ago: Brockwell Park, Railton Road and drugs, April 2002

The ‘Our Sons Menswear’ sign on Electric Lane still survives to this day, although it is fading fast.

Find our more here: Ghost signs of Brixton: Our Sons Menswear, Electric Avenue.

Brixton 15 Years Ago: Brockwell Park, Railton Road and drugs, April 2002

Atlantic Road in the rain.

Brixton 15 Years Ago: Brockwell Park, Railton Road and drugs, April 2002

Hand-written ‘Off License’ sign outside 74 Railton Road.

The Off Licence is long gone, as is the shop which has been converted to a flat.

Brixton 15 Years Ago: Brockwell Park, Railton Road and drugs, April 2002

St. George’s Residences on Railton Road is an early example of a purpose-built block of flats. Built in 1878, the central tower houses a large water tank.

Brixton 15 Years Ago: Brockwell Park, Railton Road and drugs, April 2002

Boarded up property on the corner of Railton Road and Shakespeare Road. The premises were later taken over by the Brixton Advice Centre.

Brixton 15 Years Ago: Brockwell Park, Railton Road and drugs, April 2002

St Jude’s Parochial Rooms. This delightful hall on Railton Road was built in 1887 and adjoins St. Jude’s School which once boasted a ‘Mr Brixton’ as its school keeper!

Brixton 15 Years Ago: Brockwell Park, Railton Road and drugs, April 2002

The early Victorian Hope Cottage at 227 Railton Road.

Brixton 15 Years Ago: Brockwell Park, Railton Road and drugs, April 2002

Souped up Fiat Uno in Brockwell Park.

Brixton 15 Years Ago: Brockwell Park, Railton Road and drugs, April 2002

Brockwell Park greenhouses.

Brixton 15 Years Ago: Brockwell Park, Railton Road and drugs, April 2002

Heroin use was rife in Brixton in the early 2000s. Residents of the Barrier Block on Coldharbour Lane regularly had to tread carefully over discarded needles outside the block. Despite the council fitting a ‘Sharps Box’ nearby, users would often throw their syringes around the adjacent path and green space.

Throughout the summer of 2002, the entrance to the Southwyck House car park became a favoured spot for users to gather and inject.

Brixton 15 Years Ago: Brockwell Park, Railton Road and drugs, April 2002

Does anyone know where this bar is? Is it the old Queens on Ferndale Road?

Brixton 15 Years Ago: Brockwell Park, Railton Road and drugs, April 2002

A damp afternoon in Loughborough Junction.

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