Loughborough Road project

Loughborough Road, its residents, shops and pubs, will uncover the hidden stories of the people who have lived and worked on this south London street over the past 200 years.

The project is led by LEAF TRA, the tenants and residents association for Loughborough Road (Brixton Road to fiveways junction), Evandale Road and Akerman Road (Mostyn Road to fiveways junction). Lambeth Archives, the Brixton Society, shop owners, local businesses and importantly residents are all joining the project. We are also be exploring a collaboration with RHS Lindley library and archive as one of the former residents, who lived and worked above the shop at 72 Loughborough Road, was Nellie Roberts, RHS orchid artist for 53 years from 1897.

The idea for the project really came about following LEAF TRA’s art exhibition of local artists’ work in the gallery in the old Loughborough Hotel in 2016. Some of Lambeth Archive’s images of the street were on show in the exhibition and people loved them and started talking about what they remembered about the shops, pubs and street from years ago. Residents talked of the chemist, now a house, and nights at the Loughborough Tavern, now flats and the gallery. One of the main aims of the project is to collect and record people’s memories of the changing area along with the wider history of the shops and pubs to be explored through archive research, visits and conversations.

Key elements of the project will be:

  • Oral history interview training for local residents who will be encouraged to join the project and interview and record their neighbours’ stories.
  • Sessions at Lambeth Archives using the documents available for researching buildings, businesses and people’s histories.
  • Visits to other archives including Black Cultural Archives, Royal Horticulture Society archive, London Metropolitan Archives, Apothecaries and Salters archives.
  • Talks about the stories being uncovered.

The project will run from April 2018 to September 2019 ending with an:

  • An exhibition in the windows of the shops and pubs with posters displaying short histories of each place and an associated exhibition at Lambeth Archives presenting additional materials and documents relating to the people and businesses.
  • An accompanying book published by The Brixton Society, telling the stories of the people and places.
  • All written histories and digital oral histories will be deposited at Lambeth Archives and any past photographs of the area emerging from the project will be added to the Archive’s Landmark image website (with the permission from the owners).


For details of our forthcoming events, see the Walks/Events page

Contacts for the project:        Email leaftra@gmail.com             Facebook            @RoadSW9