Demolition refused

jpns-22-07-17 retro July 2017

Adventure park - These boys were digging holes to install one of the constructions which will be built in the adventure playground at Arundel Street, Portsmouth (0739-2)

THIS WEEK IN 1976: Landport children to make their own adventure playground

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On this day in 1971 the environment secretary refused permission to demolish the New Theatre Royal, Portsmouth, because it was expected to be listed and preserved.

The theatre was built in 1884 by CJ Phipps and redesigned in 1900 by Frank Matcham, the greatest British theatre builder of the era.

Under the management of John Waters Boughton it became ‘the major theatre in the south of England’ and is now considered by experts to be ‘one of the finest Victorian theatres surviving in the land’ – John Sadden’s The Portsmouth Book of Days.