Edwardian sophistication is captured by the camera

Here is a fine shot courtesy of Paul Costen of what is, despite a lack of date, believed to be an Edwardian photograph, looking west along Osborne Road from its junction with Palmerston Road, Southsea
Here is a fine shot courtesy of Paul Costen of what is, despite a lack of date, believed to be an Edwardian photograph, looking west along Osborne Road from its junction with Palmerston Road, Southsea

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This atmospheric photograph shows Southsea in all its summer finery in the days when the area was the height of shopping sophistication.

Although undated, the era is almost certainly Edwardian judging by the clothes and that simple but functional pushchair being pushed across the tram tracks.

The shot was taken looking west along Osborne Road from its junction with Palmerston Road.

The road coming in from the right on the diagonal is Portland Road which today meets Osborne Road at a T-junction.

Bombing during the Second World War changed this street scene forever.

Roads were realigned which today means that, from this same spot, you can see straight down Osborne Road to the Queen’s Hotel and beyond to the trees of Southsea Common.

The tram was heading towards the dockyard.

· The picture comes from the collection of Waterlooville collector and photographer Paul Costen at costen.co.uk