Staunton Country Park set for rejuvenation after £2.85m lottery cash boost

A COUNTRY park will undergo restoration work after receiving a major lottery funding boost.


WATCH: The eight previous Royal Navy ships called HMS Glasgow

THE announcement that the first Type 26 frigate will be called HMS Glasgow ensures the continuance of a proud naval name.


THIS WEEK IN 1975: ‘Scrap Land Bill’ - plea to cut inflation

A call on the government to abandon its ‘disastrous Land Bill’ if it was serious about controlling inflation, was made in Portsmouth.

Landport Gate, from Garth Groombridges book Portsmouth In 50 Buildings, published by Amberley at �14.99 					All pictures: Garth Groombridge

Stories behind Portsmouth’s historic gates

According to author Garth Groombridge, Portsmouth remained ‘virtually unique’ in Britain in that it was maintained and improved as a fortified town even after the English Civil War and right up to the second half of the 19th century.


Letter of the day

Loughlan Campbell’s report about Southsea’s sea defences completely misses the point that a tiered concrete wall on the lines of the one at Cleveley north of Blackpool would not be an adequate or sustainable design to defend Southsea seafront.


WATCH: The new £10 note unveiled

A new £10 note celebrating Hampshire author Jane Austen has been unveiled by the Bank of England on the 200th anniversary of  her death.

THIS WEEK IN 1975: Hampshire church wrecked in storm

A Hampshire church was destroyed after lightening hit its roof during thunderstorms that swept the country.

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THIS WEEK IN 1975: Students fear risk of homelessness

Polytechnic students were to protest to Portsmouth City Council about the revocation of licenses for nine short-life houses at Fratton.

The former Palace Cinema, now the Astoria  nightclub in Guildhall Walk.  It was designed by local architect AE Cogswell and, given that he apparently served with the Artists Rifles in the Indian Army during the First World War, it has a wonderful, eclectic and oriental style, like a miniature Mogul palace.

The history of Portsmouth in 50 of its most eye-catching buildings

The 20th century was not kind to Portsmouth.

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WATCH: Archive video of King George VI's wartime visit to Portsmouth

Historic newsreel footage shows King Geroge VI visiting Portsmouth Dockyard during the Second World War.

Letter of the day

Letter of the day

I endorse the recent comments of Geoffrey Brooking with regards to the problems with homelessness in Portsmouth and the total lack of consideration or support from Portsmouth City Council.

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THIS WEEK IN 1975: Investigation into ‘police irregularities’

Hampshire Police Authority was investigating alleged ‘police irregularities’ by a Southsea policeman in his questioning of a man about an alleged rape.

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bucket - Examining the bucket after it had been presented to the Victory Museum, Portsmouth, are (left to right) Admiral Sir Terence Lewin, Chief PO Bill Rosewell, and Captain AJ Pack, the director of Portsmouth RN Museum

THIS WEEK IN 1975: A battered bucket joins Victory Museum

A battered tin bucket with a hole in it took pride of place among the priceless paintings, silverware and historical treasures in the Victory Museum, Portsmouth.

Men  from 115 Hampshire Fortress RE Reg TVAR at work on a Channel Islands jetty in the early 1960s.

Hampshire soldiers tear down Hitler’s wall in Channel Islands

My recent feature on the army’s navy, once based at HMS Vernon in Portsmouth, ignited memories more than 50 years old for Philip Mason.

The delighted team with their award

University in win for tackling ‘lad culture’ in sport

Portsmouth university’s student union is celebrating after scooping a prestigious award for student opportunities.

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teacher - Mathematics teacher, Margaret Bruce, ditches life at school to sail with the men on aboard the Noryema in the Admiral's Cup race series

THIS WEEK IN 1975: Mathematics teacher the only British female in a man’s world

Mathematics teacher Margaret Bruce, spent her days overlooking the sea from windows of Bay House School, Gosport.

Cowes Week found her in a unique situation.

Milton Post Office. Can anyone tell me exactly where it was? 				       	           Picture: RobertJames collection

Can you pinpoint exact position of this old Portsmouth post office?

Can anyone tell me the exact location of the photograph above?

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Blackout killed thousands

As I have often mentioned in my columns, there is nothing new under the sun.


THIS WEEK IN 1975: Ex-power champ ready to row solo

Overcast conditions faced former powerboat champion Tim Brand-Crombie as he prepared for a marathon charity solo row from Southsea to the Channel Islands.

The reserve fleet moored off HMS Excellent, Whale Island in 1959.

If only we had substitutes like these we could bring on today

We hear so much today about how small the Royal Navy’s fleet is.

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