Bygone days when it was safer to stroll in the road

Fratton Road looking north from Fratton Bridge possibly around the turn of the last century'. Picture: Paul Costen
Fratton Road looking north from Fratton Bridge possibly around the turn of the last century'. Picture: Paul Costen
The new trackbed for the Horndean Light Railway looking south across the bridge over Southwick Hill Road, Cosham, about 1903.

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Today the woman happily pushing her pram in the middle of the road over Fratton bridge in Portsmouth would be taking her life in her hands.

But this wonderfully evocative, but undated, picture was probably taken about the turn of the last century – a time when horses and carts, trams and the odd wobbly cyclist were all pedestrians had to worry about.

We’re looking north up Portsea Island and along Fratton Road with St Mary’s Church in the distance.

On the right is Selbourne Terrace, leading to the entrance to Fratton station.