How little has changed in Len’s street

Havant Road in 1925. Note the patrolman in the righthand corner
Havant Road in 1925. Note the patrolman in the righthand corner
jpns-22-07-17 retro July 2017

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The older of these two photographs was loaned by Captain Len Butt, whom I featured for his D-Day exploits on June 6 last year.

It shows Havant Road from Emsworth Square, looking west towards Havant in 1925, the same year Len was born.

The same road today, with Len Butt in the patrolman's spot

The same road today, with Len Butt in the patrolman's spot

Len has lived in the local area all of his life and was born in the house on the corner to the right. Outside Len’s front door can be seen an AA/RAC patrolman looking for traffic.

The road to the right is North Street leading to the railway station and Westbourne.

In the modern picture, Len is standing in for the patrolman. Unfortunately his former home was demolished some years ago.

Newell’s shop to the left is now Micky Starr’s butchers and the Town House pub continues to serve ales.

The remaining buildings on the left are all faithful to the originals in the 1925 photo. One big difference is that the road is now a cul-de-sac with the town being cut in half via a new through-road just north of the junction.