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.
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.’