Coal days at the Camber after being born in a pub

Coal barges unloading at the Camber, Old Portsmouth, when Roy Valentine Bryant worked on the coal lorries
Coal barges unloading at the Camber, Old Portsmouth, when Roy Valentine Bryant worked on the coal lorries
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All today’s pictures are the last from Lee Royston Bryant’s family album. All but one concern his father, Roy Valentine Bryant.

Lee, of Lower Drayton Lane, Drayton, Portsmouth, says his father was born in the Dorchester Arms in Market Way where his father, William H Bryant, was the landlord.

That was before he bought a paper shop in Charlotte Street (WH Bryant’s) which featured in yesterday’s pages.

Roy also worked on the Bryants’ coal lorries collecting coal which had been been brought into the Camber, Old Portsmouth, on barges like those in the atmospheric picture on the right. Besides supplying city homes, the coal also fed the nearby power station.

But Roy’s schooldays had been spent at the Bell School, St Agatha’s and finally St Luke’s, and there are two photographs in our In Pictures feature of those days. Perhaps you recognise a relative?

Lee has also included the picture of a shop called L Gosden in St Thomas’s Street, Old Portsmouth, the street which gets its name from the Anglican cathedral.

There is an advertisment for Cherry Blossom boot polish on the wall so it might well have been a cobblers. Does anyone remember it?

Finally, there’s a picture of Lee and his cousins Pauline and Peter standing beside the old and much-loved miniature railway at Children’s Corner, near Southsea Castle.