Coal cart picture just one treasure from Alan’s album

This enlargement clearly shows the Crockfords' coal cart
This enlargement clearly shows the Crockfords' coal cart
The new trackbed for the Horndean Light Railway looking south across the bridge over Southwick Hill Road, Cosham, about 1903.

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The recent picture of coal merchant Crockfords at Jubilee Road, Waterlooville, sent one reader scurrying to his albums.

He is the aptly-named Alan Crockford, of Laurus Close, Waterlooville, who, as far as he is aware, is not related to the firm.

The Old Oyster House at Milton Locks, Portsmouth

The Old Oyster House at Milton Locks, Portsmouth

He says: ‘More than 20 years ago I was given a photo of a horse and coal cart with the name Crockford on the front of the cart.

‘It was taken in London Road, Waterlooville, as one can see a tram of the Horndean Light Railway in the picture.’

Alan adds: ‘It was given to me as it was thought I might be a relation, but I don’t think there is any connection.’

And following on from several pictures of Portsmouth’s forgotten quarter – Milton Locks – Alan also dug out these two pictures.

One shows the derelict lock gates with The Old Oyster House pub in the background.

He says: ‘My paternal grandfather ran this pub for some years. In the distance in the other picture you can see another building which may be the Thatched House pub.’