Corset-markers

Workers at the Portsmouth corset-makers Chilcot and Williams in the 1950s
Workers at the Portsmouth corset-makers Chilcot and Williams in the 1950s
It would take  someone of the age of 55-plus to remember this scene along Commercial Road at the junction of Church Street.

NOSTALGIA: A Portsmouth scene unrecognisable today: Commercial Road in its pomp

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Here are some workers at the Surrey Street factory of corset manufacturer Chilcot and Williams.

Portsmouth’s specialisation in the corset-making industry in the second half of the 19th century and the beginning of the 20th was unrivalled.

One of the foremost firms was Chilcot and Williams, founded in 1869.

The company survived for nearly a century, but after TP Williams’s death in 1962 it was taken over by Berlei (UK) Ltd in 1965.

The factory in Surrey Street, Landport, finally closed in 1970.