Architect’s sketch books reveal ever-changing city

Houses south of Marmion Road, Southsea. Demolished in the early 1970s, the Waitrose car park is now on the left. The cafe in the centre remains.
Houses south of Marmion Road, Southsea. Demolished in the early 1970s, the Waitrose car park is now on the left. The cafe in the centre remains.
You might struggle with this scene but it is in fact looking across Waite Street, Cosham. The tram is heading for Spur Road.  Picture: Barry Cox Collection

NOSTALGIA: When trams ran through the fire station’s offices at Cosham

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Architect Deane Clark’s latest book – a collection of sketches and watercolours covering Hampshire, Sussex and the Isle of Wight – gives us another fascinating and atmospheric glimpse into bygone days.

Many of his works, taken from piles of A5 spiral-bound sketch books, capture scenes which have changed, some, almost beyond recognition.

The Southsea artist, a former historic buildings architect, had previously published a collection solely portraying life in Portsmouth.

Now he has broadened his canvas to take in many historic structures and views in the rest of Hampshire, West Sussex and the Isle of Wight.

Deane says: ‘Bringing together this collection was an exciting process and a trip down memory lane.

‘It has been a chance to research the history of the subjects.

‘I was captivated by the old boats.

‘For example, a tug changed into a houseboat. Others have rusted away and been broken up, while some are preserved.

‘I love doing rapid drawings without any preliminary work setting up. The pen just takes over.’

Today’s pictures are all from Portsmouth, but I shall dip into the book and feature other locations in coming weeks.

n Deane Clark’s Hampshire, Sussex and the Isle of Wight is published by Tricorn Books at £18.95.