Days before the towering blocks

The view across Portsea Island.

The view across Portsea Island.

The picturesque cottages that once sat behind the original Coach and Horses pub at Hilsea, Portsmouth.

Quaint old farm cottages were behind Coach and Horses pub

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Remember when Portsmouth was just a flat city with perhaps a factory or two of three or four floors and everything else was just houses?

A time when it was possible to drive through, across and around Portsea Island without the slightest thought of a hold-up.

That time has passed forever sadly, but we still have photographs like this taken from the top of Portsdown Hill looking across the island to the Solent with the Isle of Wight beyond.

The only structures of any height are the bell tower of St Mary’s Church in Fratton Road, which is arrowed; the two chimneys of the power station in Old Portsmouth (arrowed centre), and the massive cantilever crane in Portsmouth Dockyard to the right.

One of the distant steeples belongs to St Jude’s Church, Southsea, but I am not sure which one it is.

If you recognise any other buildings please let me know.

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