Evocative photos capture busy streets of Cosham

The New Inn, Havant Road Drayton  Picture supplied by Paul Costen

The New Inn, Havant Road Drayton Picture supplied by Paul Costen

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A circular horse trough dominates the foreground of this evocative picture from the late 19th century looking south down High Street, Cosham.

In the background a gaggle of small boys pose for the camera wearing clothes, including starched collars, which might be their Sunday best.

High Street, Cosham, looking south  Picture supplied by Paul Costen

High Street, Cosham, looking south Picture supplied by Paul Costen

No doubt the photographer was using a tripod and all the paraphernalia for this shot would have attracted great attention.

The second picture here might well have been taken in the same era, although this time on a glorious summer’s day (remember them?).

This time we’re looking north up High Street with the entrance to Wayte Street on the left.

My third picture today moves a little to the east and possibly 50 years or so forward in time.

High Street, Cosham, looking north  Picture supplied by Paul Costen

High Street, Cosham, looking north Picture supplied by Paul Costen

It’s instantly recognisable because of the pub – The New Inn, Drayton, on the corner of Havant Road and Drayton Lane.

Note the old-style phone box behind the railing on the extreme left.

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