Brixton didn’t actually exist until the end of the 18th century. And even then, it wasn’t the Brixton that we know and love today. At the birth of Brixton, it was a small village. Still, this fantastic area of London is steeped in history. From Romans to Saxon, Brixton has a captivating tale.
It is believed that the name “Brixton” comes from Brixistane. This means “stone of Brixi”. Brixi was a Saxon lord who was said to have erected a stone in the area of Brixton that marked the meeting place of the hundred court of Surrey. The stone’s location is no longer known. However, some believe that it was placed on top of Brixton Hill long before any settlements in the area.
Despite the lack of settlements in Brixton at the time of Lord Brixi, there could have been a settlement in Brixton in Roman Britain. There was certainly Roman roads that went to the south of England here, so chances are, there could’ve been a Roman settlement in the area too. Brixton was transformed into a suburb between 1860 and 1890. This means that large parts of Brixton’s history are now lost. However, Brixton has held one of the largest communities of London’s immigrants since World War Two. Meaning Brixton has contributed more to the beautifully multicultural London that we know and love today than almost any other area.