Any old lame excuse for a day out from the pub

Waiting for the chara outside the Lame Dog in St Paul's Road, Southsea
Waiting for the chara outside the Lame Dog in St Paul's Road, Southsea

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This happy band were gathered outside one of Portsmouth’s long-gone pubs – a tavern which once boasted one of the longest and most unusual names in the business.

The Lame Dog was in St Paul’s Road, Southsea – the same street at the Mizpah Mission which has featured in several Remember When pages in recent months.

Which is why Colin Shepherd, of Zetland Road, Gosport, sent me this image of a great slice of Portsmouth life in the 1920s.

Colin believes the photo was taken in 1927 and his late mother, Betty Shepherd (nee Chandler) is the tiny girl on the extreme right. Her sister Violet Morley (nee Chandler) is next to her.

Colin says: ‘All the children were on their way to Sunday School at the Mizpah Mission when my grandmother asked if the kids could be included in the picture of the charabanc party awaiting departure from the Lame Dog. The sailors are in winter rig (black caps).’

And he has included a shot of the certificate on the inside cover of his mother’s bible which was presented to her on March 10, 1929, at the Mizpah Mission.

‘At the time my mother’s family were living in Colpoy Street and like many others were victims of the blitz,’ adds Colin.

Oh, and the pub’s original name? Can you really imagine saying: ‘Fancy a pint down the Help The Lame Dog Over The Stile?’ You can see why it was shortened.