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Brixton Road leads from the Oval at Kennington to Brixton, where it forms the high street.

Brixton Road before WWI
Credit: Lambeth Archives
Brixton Road dates back to the Roman era when it was part of the London to Brighton Way. The River Effra used to be visible near Lambeth Town Hall, but is now underground, serving as a storm drain. Fronting Brixton Road at the north end is the Neo-Byzantine style Christ Church, opened in 1902. For much of its length Brixton Road remains lined by Regency period terraces of houses that once made a virtually continuous frontage from Kennington to Brixton. These had become semi-derelict by the 1970s when some were replaced, but many were refurbished by the Greater London Council, mostly as social housing.

Brixton Market is located in Electric Avenue near Brixton Underground station and in a network of covered arcades adjacent to the two railway viaducts. The market arcades were declared listed buildings in 2009 following controversial proposals by Lambeth Council to replace them with a large US-style mall. The former "Brixton Oval" is at the southern end with Lambeth Town Hall, the Ritzy Cinema, the Brixton Tate Library (with a statue of Henry Tate outside) and St Matthew’s church. The space was renamed Windrush Square in 2010, in honour of the area’s early Caribbean migrants and the MV Empire Windrush, which in 1948 brought 492 passengers from Jamaica to London.

Brixton Road is part of the A23.

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VIEW THE BRIXTON AREA IN THE 1830s
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VIEW THE BRIXTON AREA IN THE 1860s
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