Blitzed Southsea street re-emerges after the war

A new block of flats on the corner of King's Road and Norfolk Street, Southsea, 1944.

A new block of flats on the corner of King's Road and Norfolk Street, Southsea, 1944.

Not Portsmouth after all, but Kiel, Germany, shortly before the First World War.

Zeppelin led us up the harbour path... to northern Germany

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A while ago I wrote about King’s Road, Southsea, and how this once top-class area for shopping was blitzed on January 10, 1941.

I thought the area was left as a bomb site for many years, but how wrong can one be.

The same block today.

The same block today.

When talking to Nin Lane (see facing page) she showed me this photograph of the flats opposite where she now lives on the corner of Norfolk Street.

It is dated late 1944. I suppose the council had to get on with rehousing people and this block was the result. Since then both sides of the road have seen flats built and trees planted to soften the urban landscape.

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