A27 would eventually shatter peace for those in waterside homes

NEW ROAD The cycleway and footbridge under construction over the A27, Portcreek and the moat, linking Hilsea and Cosham in 1969
NEW ROAD The cycleway and footbridge under construction over the A27, Portcreek and the moat, linking Hilsea and Cosham in 1969

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My recent picture, above, from 1969 of the construction of the footbridge and cycleway over the new A27 linking Cosham and Hilsea, prompted David Janes to raid his albums.

And he discovered the three other photographs on this page.

CHALK NOT SNOW Peronne Road bridge looking north towards Tudor Crescent with the A27 construction at an early stage, 1968

CHALK NOT SNOW Peronne Road bridge looking north towards Tudor Crescent with the A27 construction at an early stage, 1968

One, of the Peronne Road bridge looking north towards Tudor Crescent, Cosham, was taken a year earlier.

David, of Rectory Close, Alverstoke, Gosport, says: ‘This bridge replaced the wartime emergency bridge at the end of Peronne Road and this view was taken in its last days. Chalk is already being dumped for the A27.’

His two other pictures go back a further 30 years to the mid-1930s and so pre-date that emergency bridge.

They were both taken from the same point in Tudor Crescent on an early summer’s morning.

TROLLEY Portcreek looking towards Portsbridge from Tudor Crescent, Cosham, mid-1930s

TROLLEY Portcreek looking towards Portsbridge from Tudor Crescent, Cosham, mid-1930s

David adds: ‘Looking south-west, one see Portsbridge in the distance with almost certainly two trolleybuses on the Hilsea side. the Bastion Road House has still to be built.

‘Turning south-east, with Tudo Crescent in the foreground, it is a picture of tranquility across the creek to Hilsea Lines.

‘Today, thousands of cars and lorries hurtles by every hour. Progress?’ he asks.

PEACEFUL Portcreek with Tudor Crescent in the foreground where the A27 now runs, mod-1930s

PEACEFUL Portcreek with Tudor Crescent in the foreground where the A27 now runs, mod-1930s