Back-to-backs and belching chimneys from Portsmouth church tower

Fratton and Landport then. St Judes church spire stands in the distance. (Paul Costen collection)

Fratton and Landport then. St Judes church spire stands in the distance. (Paul Costen collection)

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These two Portsmouth pictures were taken from the top of St Mary’s Church tower looking south towards the Isle of Wight with Fratton Road in the bottom left hand corner.

In the older photograph the Carnegie Free Library can be seen and just past that Fitzroy Street and then Stamford Street.

Fratton and Landport today. St Jude's Church spire still stands PPP-140619-154804001

Fratton and Landport today. St Jude's Church spire still stands PPP-140619-154804001

I think this photograph was taken before 1913 as the Globe cinema, later the Rex, opened between Fitzroy Street and the library on December 19, 1913.

The houses in the bottom right hand corner would be parts of Wimpole and Clifton streets.

Can anyone tell me what the tall chimneys belonged to?

In the distance the spire of St Jude’s Church, Kent Road, Southsea, stands as a marker for shipping.

In today’s photo we see new houses and flats have been built on Wimpole Street. But, thankfully, Carnegie Library and the steeple of St Jude’s still stand.

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