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.
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.