Brixton is in the south of London and a part of the Borough of Lambeth. It is south-east of Charing Cross and was recognized as one of the thirty-five major centres of London in the London Plan. It is bordered by Stockwell, Clapham, Streatham, Camberwell, Tusle Hill and Herne Hill. It is a diverse area that is manly residential but has prominent market and retail activity. Itís postal districts are SW2 and SW9.
The area was mostly farmland and market gardens for most of itís existence but in the 19th century the opening of the Vauxhall Bridge allowed for easy access to Central London and so urban development began. The area became a middle class suburb and was given more opportunity for growth with the opening of the railways. Large houses were built around this time that were later converted into flats. Brixton became the shopping capital of South London with several department stores. Many of the areaís first immigrants began to move here in 1948 and now 24% of Brixton is made of people of African or Caribbean descent. The area started to thrive in the 1990s when a flourishing art scene developed and many galleries, bars, restaurants and stores opened.
There are several housing estates in Brixton with some located in Stockwell Park, and Loughborough, though there are still Victorian homes and architecture in the town. Brixton Market has been regularly held since 1870 and sells a wide range of different food of various national origins. The Brixton Murals are a common sight and the Ritzy Cinema has been operating since 1911. An emerging hip-Hop and Rap music scene has grown in the area and several of itís local artists have become popular. The multicultural aspect of the area is seen by itís multiple places of worship with churches, mosques and synagogues scattered throughout. Brixton is an important part of popular culture with it appearing in or being mentioned in many books, films and songs.
There have been numerous notable people to reside in Brixton including former Prime Minister John Major, former London Mayor Ken Livingston, musicians David Bowie, Linton Kwesi Johnson, Paul Simonson and Mick Jones of The Clash, Hip-Hop group Hijack as well as Lisa Maffia and Le Roux, comedian Dan Leno, environmentalist James Lovelock, boxer Danny Williams, TV personality Sharon Osbourne, pilot Frank Reginald Carey, Olympic medal winner Iwan Thomas and artist Jo Self,
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