Leigh Park House is long gone, but not forgotten

Leigh Park House, which was demolished in 1959
Leigh Park House, which was demolished in 1959
The Victoria Cinema in Commercial Road at its junction with Cambridge Road, 1962. This is where Commercial Road begins its long journey north to Kingston Crescent. Picture: Eddie Wallace

NOSTALGIA: Old theatre with a 2,400 capacity became another long lost Portsmouth cinema

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No doubt many of you have visited the Sir George Staunton Country Park in Leigh Park and perhaps crossed the road into Leigh Park Gardens.

Many of you might have seen postcards of the house that once stood at the top of the bank overlooking the lake.

How many of you have seen or even remember the house as close-up as this?

I am glad to say I found it in The News archive.

The Gothic-style mansion was built by William Stone in 1865 to the design of Richard Drew.

He moved out in 1874 when the Fitzwygram family moved in.

The daughter of the owners, Angela, lived in the house until 1935.

During the war it was used by HMS Vernon as an experimental establishment.

The Leigh Park estate was bought from the Fitzwygrams by Portsmouth City Council in 1944

After the war, the building remained empty until it was ordered to be demolished by Portsmouth City Council in 1959.