Number 50 Brixton Road in Kelly’s Directories 1881 to 1928

Number 50 is the property with the ‘Dallas Chicken & Ribs’ sign above it on the modern photo above.  This premises was at first number 48 until it was re-numbered around 1898.

In the image below from 1908 you can see 50 Brixton Road to the right of the image. It is the property that says “Tea Dealers” on the sign, if you look carefully you can see the name “Wright” in the middle.


The table below shows the occupants of this shop from 1881 to 1928: 

1888Carey & CoBicycle Makers
1889Carey & CoBicycle Makers
1890Not Featured
1891Not Featured
1892Alfred & Harrington WrightGrocers
1894Alfred & Harrington WrightGrocers
1895Alfred & Harrington WrightGrocers
1897Alfred & Harrington WrightGrocers
1898Alfred & Harrington WrightGrocers
1903Alfred & Harrington WrightGrocers
1904Alfred & Harrington WrightGrocers
Post & Telegraph Office
1909Alfred & Harrington WrightGrocers
Post & M.O. & T.O & S.H. & Annuity & Insurance Office
1915Alfred & Harrington WrightGrocers
Post & M.O. & T.O & S.H. & Annuity & Insurance Office
1920Alfred & Harrington WrightGrocers
Post & M.O. & T.O & S.H. & Annuity & Insurance Office
1923/Royal Arsenal Co-operative Society
1925/Royal Arsenal Co-operative Society
1926/Royal Arsenal Co-operative Society
1928/Royal Arsenal Co-operative Society

In the image below from 1980 you can see number 50 on the left of the block with the ‘RACS’ sign. 

1980 40-50 Brixton Road, Brixton North

According to Wikipedia:

The Royal Arsenal Co-operative Society (RACS) was a consumer cooperative taking its name from the royal munitions works (Royal Arsenal) at Woolwich. The RACS ran not just food shops (a founding aim of the UK consumer co-operative movement being the provision of cheap unadulterated food) but also milk, bread & fuel deliveries, department stores, a bookshop, jewellery department, shoe shops and chemists

It is unclear which line of trade the RACS premises above was in however it does look as though it may have been closed for good. This could well be the case as the Wikipedia entry goes on to say:

By the late 1970s the RACS was in trouble. Greater customer affluence and competition from supermarket chains such as Sainsbury’s were changing the society’s market – its size & democratic ownership structure made it slow to adapt. Membership numbers declined, weakening the society’s democratic basis. Reserves dwindled and dividend payments – for many, the Co-op’s unique selling point – all but ceased

It also appears that this property once had a side entrance and was occupied at some point by London & Provincial which sound like a savings/investment firm, their old sign complete with original four digit telephone number is still visible, see below…

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