Former marsh comes alive with visitors and vendors

Southsea beach, 1892

Southsea beach, 1892

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Busy with vendors and visitors and strew with small boats and sailing craft, Southsea’s beach is alive with activity in this Victorian photograph of 1892.

Long ago, this part of the Hampshire coast consisted of marsh and sandy wastes. It was from here that Henry III massed his armies to re-conquer France.

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