Electric Avenue, Brixton Market; 2009
3 0 c m
actual image size: 32cm x 21cm

Electric Avenue, Brixton Market; 2009

Torla Evans

© Museum of London

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Brixton Market is a street market in the centre of Brixton, south London.
The market sells a wide range of foods and goods but is best known for its African and Caribbean produce, which reflect the diverse community of Brixton and surrounding areas of Lambeth.
The Market began on Atlantic Road in the 1870s and subsequently spread to Brixton Road which had a very wide footway. Brixton then was a rapidly expanding London railway suburb with newly opening shops and England's first purpose-built department store.
Electric Avenue which is now part of the street market was built in the 1880s and was one of the first streets to have electric light. Glazed iron canopies covered the footpath until they were removed in the 1980s. The song Electric Avenue was written by Eddy Grant referring to this area of the market





2009 AD - 2009 AD

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