Did everyone have names for Portsmouth’s two giant chimneys?

EMMA AND HARRY Did the two power station chimneys really have names?
EMMA AND HARRY Did the two power station chimneys really have names?

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Recent pictures of the power station in Old Portsmouth, prompted a response from Diana Shaw who poses an interesting question.

As you can see in the picture above featuring the miniature railway on Southsea seafront in the 1950s, the plant had two whopping chimneys.

PLAYGROUND ...and not a broken leg in sight. The house in Mitchell Road, Bedhampton, being built in the late 1950s

PLAYGROUND ...and not a broken leg in sight. The house in Mitchell Road, Bedhampton, being built in the late 1950s

Diana says that as a child she was told they had nicknames – Emma and Harry – and she wonders if anyone else had names for them.

This was a new one for me as I’d never heard of them having names before.

Was it just Diana’s family who brought the smoking stacks to life or was it common throughout Portsmouth?

Also here is a photo from Chris Pannell, of Southsea.

It was taken in Mitchell Road, Bedhampton, in the late 1950s and shows the house opposite her family home (No 73) where she lived with parents Ron and Joan Bloomer.

Chris is on the right and on the left is Patrick Collins who lived at No 79.

Chris says: ‘We had a lot of fun climbing up the scaffolding after the workmen had gone home, jumping off and on to the many piles of sand with the other children who lived in the road.

‘Our mothers, seeing what we were up to would shout: ‘‘If you fall off and break your leg, don’t come running to me!’’

‘I’m sure this is why there were no overweight kids in the 1950s.’

She adds that by the time her sister Jackie and brother Kevin were born the houses were finished so they missed out on all the building site fun and games.

‘But there were lovely sandpits in the back gardens for them to play in,’ she adds. ‘I will say no more as to where it came from!’