Commercial Road was very different scene in the ‘70s

Looking north up Commercial Road from Arundel Street junction
Looking north up Commercial Road from Arundel Street junction
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Believe it or not, these two shots of Commercial Road in Portsmouth, sent in by Adam Lower of Clanfield, date from 40 years ago.

In the top picture we see the road from the junction with Arundel Street by John Collier’s outfitters.

Commercial Road at its junction with Crasswell Street

Commercial Road at its junction with Crasswell Street

‘John Collier, John Collier the window to watch’ went the catchy TV advert.

If you go to this location today, it is hard to comprehend that traffic once passed along the road and that there was room to park as well.

The Woolworth’s store can be seen to the left, with Marks and Spencer in the distance. Where the zebra crossing is there’s now the fountain of course. Several people in the shot are wearing flared trousers popular at the time – 1972.

Are you in the photograph? Please get in touch.

Next we head a few hundred yards north to the junction with Crasswell Street, which was not pedestrianised at the time.

Hardy’s furniture store can be seen and the Black Cat Cafe is in the distance along with John Temple’s store.

A bus on route 1 from Cosham to South Parade Pier bears down on the pedestrians who are crossing the busy street.

Do you recognise these Portsmouth people out shopping on a summer’s day?