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funeral’s Southsea location revealed

Salvation Army funeral in Bath Road, Southsea
Salvation Army funeral in Bath Road, Southsea
The Rampant at the ramparts of Portchester Castle in 1967. L to r: Peter Richardson (aka Ritchie Peters  they turned his name around) vocals, Ron Hughes guitar, Ken Hughes (his brother) drums, Don Golding bass, Mick Cooper Hammond organ.

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You might recall this atmospheric picture of a Salvation Army funeral in Portsmouth.

Richard Boryer, who sent in the photograph, thought it might be Byerley Road, Fratton.

Salvation Army funeral in Bath Road, Southsea

Salvation Army funeral in Bath Road, Southsea

But it turns out to have been taken from Devonshire Square with the funeral coming towards the camera, up Bath Road.

You can compare the old, packed street view with the modern shot of the street here.

The original was taken from the steps leading up to the railway bridge over Jessie Road Halt on the old Fratton to Southsea branch line.

That line closed on August 8, 1914, and the track and bridges were dismantled in 1923/24.

Salvation Army funeral in Bath Road, Southsea

Salvation Army funeral in Bath Road, Southsea

We also see one of the giant wicker baskets used by hop-pickers at Buriton, near Petersfield – containers which held seven bushels of the female flowers of the hop plant.

Hop-growing around the village and at nearby Weston ceased in the late 1960s, having been grown in the area for about 150 years.

Hop-picking was the most colourful time of year with scores of people working in the hop gardens.

It usually took about three weeks around September and local children were expected to help and were given time off school.

Casual labour, mostly from Portsmouth, was used as well as local pickers. Many of the Portsmouth families came back year after year.