Best views in city enjoyed from post-war prefabs

Prefab housing on the southern slopes of Portsdown Hill with Portsmouth Harbour in the background
Prefab housing on the southern slopes of Portsdown Hill with Portsmouth Harbour in the background
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These pictures of Portsmouth in the 1950s come from Keith Lane, of Court Lane, Cosham.

They were among dozens in a box he bought in a house clearance 30 years ago.

Southsea seafront in all its 1950s glory

Southsea seafront in all its 1950s glory

The main picture was taken on a glorious summer’s day after the Second World War when the occupants of the prefabs on the south-facing slopes of Portsdown Hill enjoyed some of the best views in the city.

The A3 winds its way up the hill with just two cars passing each other.

In the background you can make out the sea of radio masts on Horsea Island in Portsmouth Harbour.

The shot of the war-damaged Guildhall was taken as the nation prepared for the Queen’s coronation in 1953.

It would be another six years before the Queen would officially reopen the building as we know it today.

In the picture of the pleasure gardens at Hilsea, it was hot enough for strollers and picnickers to seek shelter beneath trees.

The building in the background is Southdown bus garage.

And finally we see Southsea seafront in all its high-season pomp.

It looks like a fine day and there are dozens of people snoozing gently in deckchairs (remember them) on the beach close to the Rock Gardens.