German bombs changed this Portsmouth street scene forever

THEN 

The Royal Naval Barracks, Queen Street after  the raid of August 12, 1940. The Roman CatholiccCathedral can be seen behind the tree on the right.
THEN The Royal Naval Barracks, Queen Street after the raid of August 12, 1940. The Roman CatholiccCathedral can be seen behind the tree on the right.
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Here we see two then and now photographs taken from my new book War-torn Portsmouth which will be in the shops next month.

In the ‘then’ photo we see the scene looking from the wardroom across Queen Street into the Royal Naval Barracks’s parade ground.

The same scene today. The cathedral in Edinburgh Road can be seen on the right.

The same scene today. The cathedral in Edinburgh Road can be seen on the right.

The wall of the barracks has been destroyed.

Just to the right behind the trees can be seen the Roman Catholic cathedral.

The second photo shows the same view today.

The barracks’s wall, although having been rebuilt, had to be partly demolished at its eastern end and rebuilt into a sharper curve for road widening purposes in the 1970s.

The cathedral can be seen in full, the tree in the previous photo having been felled.