TQ3071 : Ice Rink, Streatham High Road

taken 11 years ago, near to Streatham, Lambeth, Great Britain

Ice Rink, Streatham High Road
Ice Rink, Streatham High Road
A fine building which immediately evokes the 1930s (the current colour scheme is fairly recent). Long and low in a "moderne" style, its horizontality counterbalanced by tall, narrow windows. At the ends are Art Deco doorways below keystoned windows. The architect was Robert Cromie who usually specialised in cinemas. The rink itself covers 21,000 sq ft, enough for 1,000 skaters. They'll have to find somewhere else to go for a time as the ice rink is scheduled for demolition as part of the Streatham Hub development. It is within the Streatham High Road and Streatham Hill Conservation Area.
The course of Streatham High Road has been a major highway between London and Sussex since Roman times. Its current appearance is largely attributable to two major spells of development. The first was during the late C19th following the opening of Streatham Hill station in 1856, and the second was after 1911 when the line to Victoria was electrified. Though much-maligned and undoubtedly blighted by heavy traffic, closer examination reveals that the road is lined with a number of interesting buildings, some of which reflect the period between the wars when Streatham was a fashionable centre of entertainment. Information from Lambeth Council (LinkExternal link ).
Update: demolished in late 2011.
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TQ3071, 194 images   (more nearby search)
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Date Taken
March 2010   (more nearby)
Submitted
Sunday, 9 May, 2010
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Ice skating rink   (more nearby)
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! TQ 300 711 [100m precision]
WGS84: 51:25.4775N 0:7.8441W
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OSGB36: geotagged! TQ 301 711
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West-northwest (about 292 degrees)
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