Loughborough Road Histories

Exploring the past of this south London street

A blog about a street and a neighbourhood in SW9 south London. How and when Loughborough Road and surrounding streets were built and got their names, a bit about what was here before the streets, but mostly stories about the shops, pubs and people that have lived, worked and come here for entertainment over the past 180 years.

Bill Linskey Postcard Collection. Brixton Society c. 1918

News: A heritage plaque on Nelly Roberts‘ former home

Sunday 16 October 2022, a heritage plaque on Loughborough Road was unveiled commemorating orchid artists, Nelly Roberts. Nelly was a pioneering woman documenting thousands of orchid species and hybrids over more than 60 years.

Loughborough Road Histories talks, book and other online collections

Talk on YouTube: Illustrated talk includes changes on Loughborough Road and surrounding streets using early 20th century postcards and other images. It explores a bit of history of a couple of Loughborough Road pubs and looks at some of the women who lived on the street in the late 19th/early 20th century. View the talk here.

Loughborough Road Histories book. Published by The Brixton Society, this 32 page book includes six articles on the history of Loughborough Road.

The book costs £3.50 plus postage. Copies can be bought from The Brixton Society eBay shop.

Loughborough Road Histories on Layers of London. See our collection of short Loughborough Road histories stories on maps of old London on Layers of the London.

Music hall history of Brixton and Lambeth

The Loughborough Road history project is working with Christine Beddoe (legmania.co.uk) researching Brixton and Lambeth’s associations with music hall. If you have any music hall stories or connections we’d love to hear from you brixtonmusichall@gmail.com.

See our online talks and a map of music people on our Music Hall Brixton and Beyond page.