Electric Avenue is a street in Brixton, London. Built in the 1880s, it
was the first market street to be lit by electricity. Today, the
street contains several butchers and fish mongers and hosts a part of
Brixton Market, which specializes in selling a mix of African,
Caribbean, South American and Asian products. It is located just
around the corner from
Brixton Underground station (1972). The elegant
Victorian canopies over the pavements survived until the 1980s.
1 In popular culture
In popular culture
The road gave its name to Eddy Grant's 1983 single "Electric Avenue",
which reached #2 on both the UK and U.S. singles charts. The song
was inspired by the 1981
On 17 April 1999 the neo-Nazi bomber
David Copeland planted a nail
bomb outside a supermarket in
Brixton Road with the intention of
igniting a race war across Britain. A market trader was suspicious
and moved it round the corner to a less crowded area in Electric
Avenue. The bomb went off, injuring 39 people.
^ Laurel A. Saunders (2007). I Have Wings, So Why Am I Here?. Trafford
Publishing. p. 145.
ISBN 978-1-4251-1936-2. [self-published source]
^ "Profile: Copeland the killer". BBC News. 30 June 2000. Retrieved
Brixton local history with photos
Photos from 1904 and 2003
Coordinates: 51°27′44″N 0°06′50″W / 51.46229°N
0.11377°W / 51.46229; -0.11377
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