Brockley Cross, 1962

We're grateful to Rob for sending us the following photo, available via photo-mapping site, Geograph. In 50 years, little has changed, other than motorbike riders have learned to wear helmets and the zebra crossing has been moved to a less sensible place.

19 comments:

Danja said...

Well they were even more brazen about what they sold from Dukes in those days...

So few vehicles around (driving, and parked) - that's one of the biggest changes.

Danja said...

The Barge looks very different, too.

Anonymous said...

Where are thou round abouts?

Food lover said...

It had and to my mind still has a lot of charm. It's unmistakably Brockley Cross.

Tamsin said...

"Well they were even more brazen about what they sold from Dukes in those days..."

Well observed and very funny...

Seems a lot less cluttered, less litter, fewer weed-trees, less street furniture, fewer cars. A good find and thanks for publicising it - I will look with fresh eyes when I next go by.

Anonymous said...

See, Dukes selling good honest fare even then!

Nowadays someone would be scowling at the car.

Anonymous said...

I don't see a roundabout...or is that behind the photographer?

B Sheene said...

Correction : Motorcyclists have been forced to wear helmets

Ghents said...

Commenting for the first time. Liked this photo so much, I went and found another gem - http://www.geograph.org.uk/photo/1917548

Anonymous said...

How sad - that looks WAY cooler than the station we currently have ... :(

Anonymous said...

It doesn't shopw the station Anon.

Anonymous said...

I meant the second photo in the URL from Ghents

Anonymous said...

if you search 'Brockley' on ebay listing completed items is a picture of Brockley Cross possibly from the early 1950's.

It's taken from the other side of the bridge.

With toilets and a tobbaconist on one side and a 'Ministry of Food' shop on the other,

CPZ Brockley said...

Interesting, there are no Vans parked. It must be before the Council administration decided to spoil the area. 50 years later and things don't look so bright in Brockley as they looked at the time.

Anonymous said...

Yes, carry on munging on for a CPZ

Anonymous said...

CPZ Brockley babbles inanely: "It must be before the Council administration decided to spoil the area. 50 years later and things don't look so bright in Brockley as they looked at the time."

No. It is before technology and increasing living standards gave people the freedom to travel at affordable cost and people took it up. You are welcome to go back and live in the 1960s if you can find a large enough group of like-minded people to start a community.

Tressilliana said...

Massive oversimplification there, Anon. Yes, there are benefits to some individuals some of the time from having ready access to a car. It isn't all good news, though.

There are adverse effects to all of us city dwellers from poor air quality:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-15693627

Children's freedom to go out unsupervised has suffered a lot from the increase in traffic. People tend to blame it on increased awareness of paedophiles, but road safety is the really big change from the 1960s.

The big increase in obesity must be caused by some extent by people walking less and driving more.

Tarmacing over front gardens... narrowing of streets which are permanently lined by parked cars and thus harder for buses, bin lorries, ambulances etc to get through ... etc etc.

Anonymous said...

Err. Danja you can't see the Barge in this picture.

Danja said...

You're right of course, Anon. I'm obviously too busy trying to maim pedestrians while speeding through the Cross to notice my surroundings.

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