Canopy holes in kerbs give clue to photo’s location

Imposing High Street, Old Portsmouth, with the shops canopies anchored in the kerbs and the cathedral tower top left
Imposing High Street, Old Portsmouth, with the shops canopies anchored in the kerbs and the cathedral tower top left
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At first I wasn’t sure about the location of the picture above.

My instinct said ‘High Street, Old Portsmouth’, but then I began to have doubts.

VILLAGE PEOPLE Old Portsmouth today often has the feel of a small, rural community. In this pre-war picture of High Street, long before the Luftwaffe did its worst, it looks like a city, with the YMCA building on the right

VILLAGE PEOPLE Old Portsmouth today often has the feel of a small, rural community. In this pre-war picture of High Street, long before the Luftwaffe did its worst, it looks like a city, with the YMCA building on the right

However, I still kept coming back to those canopies, their supports and the holes in the kerbs to steady them.

The only place in the city which I knew had those was High Street.

In fact you can still see the remains of those sockets on the edge of the pavement in front of the Anglican cathedral.

Most of these buildings were destroyed in the Second World War and all that remains of these shops are the indentations for the sun shades.

ADMIRAL The George Hotel, High Street, Old Portsmouth, where Nelson stayed before sailing for the Battle of Trafalgar in 1805. It was destroyed by German bombs in 1941

ADMIRAL The George Hotel, High Street, Old Portsmouth, where Nelson stayed before sailing for the Battle of Trafalgar in 1805. It was destroyed by German bombs in 1941

But still I was not convinced until I studied the very top left of the picture and glimpsed... the tower of the cathedral.

There are two other pictures here of High Street plus one from the Camber, courtesy of Don Lucas from Gosport.

INDUSTRIAL Looking more like a northern port, this was the Camber with coal being unloaded for the adjacent power station. The Anglican cathedral is on the right.

INDUSTRIAL Looking more like a northern port, this was the Camber with coal being unloaded for the adjacent power station. The Anglican cathedral is on the right.