Half a century of change shown in this street scene

Surrey Street in 1961

Surrey Street in 1961

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In these two photographs we see the difference made by 50 years of rebuildiing Portsmouth.

Then...

Surrey Street today

Surrey Street today

This photo was taken by former City of Portsmouth policeman/fireman Eddie Wallace in February, 1961. It is Surrey Street at its junction with York Street, looking toward Commercial Road.

In the middle of the block is the fish market and just past that a pub called The Surrey Arms - but NOT the Surrey Arms we know today.

The existing pub was called The Victoria Commercial Hotel and when the original Surrey Arms was demolished, the name was transferred to the Vic. It is called the Surrey Arms to this very day.

The rest of the premises from the corner shop, which was in York Street and owned by William Stone, were RC Smith the hairdresser followed by the Surrey Street Garage. Next to there lived George Foster and then came the fish market owned by Jas Handley.

There was then a cul-de-sac called Surrey Place and The Surrey Arms, where the landlord was George Dunn. Between the pub and the Victoria Hotel lived various residents in 16 different houses.

As a boy I used to be a milkman’s lad on a Saturday and during school holidays. I delivered milk to many of the houses seen here. Oh, to be a boy again.

...and now

In this shot I have had to move to the right of the original as there are posts in the way. I would also have to stand in the middle of the post office in Slindon Street to get a proper view.

The junction with York Street now lies under the doors of Debenham’s. In the distance on the right can be seen the Surrey Arms of today and Commercial Road crossing it at the junction. The Santander bank can be seen across Commercial Road.

If you can remember anything of the old Surrey Street, do drop me a line. Thank you.

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