Childhood memories of an Old Portsmouth pub

Landlord Alf Woods behind the bar at The Coal Exchange where he lived with wife Greta and daughter Marie
Landlord Alf Woods behind the bar at The Coal Exchange where he lived with wife Greta and daughter Marie

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This popular old watering hole in Old Portsmouth was Marie Armet’s childhood home.

The Coal Exchange has disappeared into the city’s hostelry history, but Marie wanted to remind readers of how this part of Bath Square once looked.

This photograph of the lounge was taken for a brochure produced to promote the pub in the late 1940s

This photograph of the lounge was taken for a brochure produced to promote the pub in the late 1940s

Her father, Alf Woods, was landlord and her mother, Greta, in an attempt to boost trade, produced a brochure in the late 1940s promoting the pub.

It included this picture of Mr Woods behind the bar, the photograph of the homely lounge bar and a poem written by Mrs Woods extolling the quality of her husband’s beer.

Marie, who lives in Arundel, spent the first 14 years of her life at the pub and said she remembered it was a popular haunt for workers from the Isle of Wight ferries and Pickfords, the removal firm.

The Coal Exchange disappeared in 1991 when it was merged with the Lone Yachtsman to form The Spice Island Inn.