Broader memories of Old Portsmouth

64 Broad Street. L to r: Leslie Raymond, ? Batchelor; Joan Horton; Evera ? Below is Grogan's cafe at Point.

64 Broad Street. L to r: Leslie Raymond, ? Batchelor; Joan Horton; Evera ? Below is Grogan's cafe at Point.

The United Ales pub The Mafeking in Warblington Street, Old Portsmouth.  The power station chimney can be seen on the right.

The brothers Baden-Powell and a mystery Old Portsmouth pub

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Three weeks ago I published the story of Dennis Davis and his life growing up around Broad Street, Old Portsmouth, in the 1930s.

In response I received a lovely letter from Trevor Brown who says he and his wife Pauline have connections with Broad Street.

Grogan's cafe at Point at the end of Broad Street under water. Perhaps not so hot lunches. PPP-141118-115827001

Grogan's cafe at Point at the end of Broad Street under water. Perhaps not so hot lunches. PPP-141118-115827001

Pauline’s family were the Grogans who ran Grogan’s cafe at the far end of Broad Street at Point, next to the Star and Garter Hotel.

On Trevor’s side, his family were the Batchelors who lived at 64, Broad Street. Lily Lucy Batchelor married FW Brown and they were Trevor’s grandparents.

In the photograph of 64, Broad Street is Florence Batchelor, Lily’s sister.

In the photograph showing the four children there is a woman in the doorway to the left.

She was Trevor’s great grandmother and he wants to find out her full name.

Trevor is trying to discover her full name.

What a different place Broad Street was in those far off days of the late 1920s.

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