Gosport brewery which became a laundry awaits demolition

DEMOLITION The former FLUX laundry in Haslar Road, Gosport awaiting demolition in 1958.                 Picture: Richard Hulse
DEMOLITION The former FLUX laundry in Haslar Road, Gosport awaiting demolition in 1958. Picture: Richard Hulse
Opening of the new school by the home secretary in October 1927. The headmaster, Canon Barton, is on the lowest step, on the left. Dorothea Barton is possibly there, somewhere. (PGS Archive)

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For our main photo today we head to Haslar Road, Gosport.

This Portsmouth Evening News photograph shows the former FLUX laundry waiting for the demolition men.

STEAM On April 25, 1965 a diverted boat train from Southampton Docks roars through Bedhampton en route to Waterloo 					          Picture: E Wilshurst

STEAM On April 25, 1965 a diverted boat train from Southampton Docks roars through Bedhampton en route to Waterloo Picture: E Wilshurst

I must admit to knowing very little about Gosport, but if you know more about this building or the laundry, please let me know.

Richard Hulse’s late father kept many cuttings which he passed on to Richard.

He tells me the building was Blake’s brewery before it became a laundry.

n As I have mentioned in previous Remember When pages, this coming July sees the 50th anniversary of the end of steam working on the South Western Division of British Railways.

HOLD TIGHT A tram outside the church in Rugby Road, Southsea

HOLD TIGHT A tram outside the church in Rugby Road, Southsea

I’m including a photograph from that period from time to time.

From 1965 until July 1967 the electrification of the main line from Woking to Bournemouth was taking place and many trains were diverted via Fareham and Havant to London Waterloo.

Here we see a boat train from Southampton Docks roaring through Bedhampton on April 25, 1965.

Since that time the platforms at Bedhampton have been extended to take the modern sliding door trains.

CLICKETY-CLACK A typist in the 1920s. Imagine sitting in that chair all day?

CLICKETY-CLACK A typist in the 1920s. Imagine sitting in that chair all day?

n In the picture on the right we see a tram moving off from outside Rugby Road Church heading north for Fratton Bridge.

The church has since been converted into living accommodation in this very busy part of Southsea.

n Take a look around your office at all the people bashing away at their computer keyboards and listen for any sound.

There isn’t much noise is there?

Back in the days of the typewriter of course there would have been a deafening racket from the clackety-clack of dozens of typists, usually women.

Below we see a young typist from the 1920s working on a heavy typewriter which would have done her fingertips and nails little good I would have thought.

Today’s office worker is usually provided with ergonomic chairs, nothing like the rigid, hard one on which this young woman is sitting.