Signalman saves three children from certain death on Portsmouth rail line

You will all have seen signs ordering you not to trespass on railway lines.

Maxim battery, Royal Naval Barracks, Portsea c 1910 (Eyre & Spottiswoode)  John Sadden (JPS) <J.Sadden@pgs.org.uk>

The handsomest young man... in Portsmouth

Portsmouth Grammar School archivist and city historian JOHN SADDEN recalls the idealistic poet who wanted to die.

DESTRUCTION The twisted remains of McIlroys store in Commercial Road, Portsmouth

Keeping on carrying on after the Nazi firestorms

Keep calm and carry on. An overworked phrase today, but it was that attitude which kept cities like Portsmouth going during the blitz of the Second World War.

The Royal Yacht Britannia sailing into Portsmouth for the last time before being decommissioned on November 22, 1997

Glory days in Portsmouth of newly-wed princess and royal yacht

Lord Snowdon’s death last week took former News defence correspondent TIM KING back to the day when he covered the return to Portsmouth of Princess Margaret and Antony Armstrong-Jones (as he then was) in the Royal Yacht Britannia after the couple’s Caribbean honeymoon

PARADE City police sergeant Eddie Wallace on parade with colleagues at Eastney Barracks in 1960 for the annual inspection by HM Inspector of Constabulary

When the force was with us – our very own Portsmouth force

This year marks 50 years since the demise of the Portsmouth City Police, which amalgamated with the Hampshire and Southampton forces to form the present Hampshire Constabulary.

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LIGHT An ornamental wrought-iron arch complete with lamp once adorned Victory Gate. This picture is undated

The Portsmouth gateway to history

Today this historic entrance to Portsmouth Historic Dockyard is crossed by tens of thousands of tourists each year.

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Royal Navy’s own Dambusters

Remember the Dambusters, the group of Lancaster bombers and their RAF crews of 617 Squadron who, on the night of May 16/17, 1943, dropped bouncing bombs and breached the Möhne and Edersee Dams in Germany?

The last day parade at Longmoor Downs station. The B2131 road on the far right is now the new A3 Liss/Liphook bypass dual carriageway

MoD railway which starred in St Trinian’s and Young Winston

How many of you can remember the Longmoor Military Railway that ran from a reserved siding on the London-bound side of Liss railway station across the ranges to Bordon?

Paulsgrove Modern Boys' School band in 1966

Hitting the right note at Paulsgrove Modern

It’s hard to believe this picture was taken more than 50 years ago.

Mr Alfred Randell, assistant caretaker at Warblington School, with a small carton which contained potentially dangerous stink bombs

THIS WEEK IN 1980: West German stink bombs were deemed dangerous for children

Putrid stink bombs could spell danger for young pranksters, said a Havant school caretaker.

Temporary repairs take place at Warren Park School, Havant, after vandals were named responsible for extensive damage to the establishment (6195-2)

THIS WEEK IN 1980: Vandals smashed up a Havant school

Vandals were blamed for a devastating attack on a Havant school which left classrooms flooded, ceilings wrecked, windows smashed, and piles of books ruined.


THIS WEEK IN 1980: Pleas were made to end the oil drilling

Hampshire planning chiefs appealed to the Department of Energy to restrict further oil drilling in the Channel, to sites well away from the coastline.


THIS WEEK IN 1980: Paulsgrove pong stirs up a shocking stink

A Portsmouth pong caused a stink between Hampshire County Council and the Southern Water Authority.

Leonard Harris and his wife Vera prepare to move on to a new council residence, after they had been forced to live and sleep in their kitchen after the gable end of their house was destroyed by the weather (6246-1)

THIS WEEK IN 1980: Kitchen sink life for storm victims

A Portsmouth couple were forced to live and sleep in their tiny kitchen for an entire month because December storms, which tore the gable end and part of the roof off their home, had left the rest of the house uninhabitable.


THIS WEEK IN 1980: Burglars net £5K in weekend haul

Detectives throughout Portsmouth investigated a spate of burglaries in which raiders escaped with hauls totalling more than £5,000.

A lorry ran aground on a roundabout as frosty weather took its toll on our local roads (6188-1)

THIS WEEK IN 1980: Black ice Monday for Hants drivers

After four rush-hour incidents had closed Eastern Road in Portsmouth for an hour, city engineer Neil Jeffrey angrily denied allegations by some motorists that the main route into the city had been left unprotected against overnight frost.

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Homes in the Stansted Road improvement area at Southsea

THIS WEEK IN 1980: A rejuvenated Abbey habitat for Southsea

A multimillion pound mortgage fund was set up by the Abbey National Building Society to finance improvements to more than 500 homes in Southsea.

Anne Stockham's father in the family shop, Sewards

Changing face of the royal family in Portsmouth

Anne Stockham (née Seward) was delighted to read my recent piece on The Cigar Box tobacconists in Fawcett Road, Southsea.


Portsmouth Historic Dockyard to host a WW1 battle debate

A TV-style debate will take place to assess whether an infamous battle swung the First World War in Britain’s favour.

Feeling cold? Thank your lucky stars it’s not 1895

Feeling cold? Thank your lucky stars it’s not 1895

While it’s likely to get nippy again at the end of the week, there’s not a snowball’s chance in hell that this 1895 scene will be repeated at Langstone.

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