High Street, before it was ripped to pieces by bombs

The High Street, Old Portsmouth, prior to January, 1941
The High Street, Old Portsmouth, prior to January, 1941
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This is what High Street, Old Portsmouth, looked like until the very beginning of January 1941.

Then, on the night of January 10, 71 years ago, German bombs blew it to pieces, and most of the city centre, in the worst night’s bombing of the Second World War.

Ellen Unwin and her grandaughter Ellen Morris outside her shop, a sweet shop called The Music Shop, in High Street, Old Portsmouth

Ellen Unwin and her grandaughter Ellen Morris outside her shop, a sweet shop called The Music Shop, in High Street, Old Portsmouth

The pictures here come from Ellen Hatton, of Elizabeth Road, Waterlooville. She is related to the Unwins and was named after the two Ellens in this ‘Music Shop’ picture.

It shows Ellen Unwin (1876-1976) and her granddaughter Ellen Morris (1924-1982) outside her shop in High Street, Old Portsmouth. It stood next to the Anglican cathedral.

Although called The Music Shop it was in fact a sweet shop. It was destroyed that night.