My late father, who was born in 1920, always used to tell me that before the war you could walk around Old Portsmouth and it had not altered that much since Nelson’s day.
But for the fact that the streets had been paved and street lighting was far improved, but not much according to him, the buildings were just as Nelson would have known them.
Sadly the Second World War put paid to much of the old town. but another desecration took place some 60 years before, and that was the demolition of the former ramparts that surrounded the old town.
Just imagine if as much as possible could have been kept in situ, what a tourist draw it would have been. Pictured below is one of the former gates that pierced the ramparts and gave access to the Camber.
A massive structure, King George’s or Quay Gate adorned with massive pillars, this wonderful-looking gate was demolished along with all the others, apart from Landport Gate, in the 1870s.
Before the gate was built in 1734 entrance to the Camber was through a small arch in the encircling wall some 100 yards to the right.