Memories of Albert Road before The Kings

Albert Road, Southsea in 1905 and, inset, the same view in 1991
Albert Road, Southsea in 1905 and, inset, the same view in 1991
jpns-22-07-17 retro July 2017

Adventure park - These boys were digging holes to install one of the constructions which will be built in the adventure playground at Arundel Street, Portsmouth (0739-2)

THIS WEEK IN 1976: Landport children to make their own adventure playground

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This view is instantly recognisable even thought it’s lacking one thing – a certain dominant building on the bend in the road in the centre of the picture.

This, of course, is Albert Road, Southsea, starring in a photo taken in 1905, two years before the Kings Theatre’s curtain was raised for the first time.

JPNS-05-10-12 RW kings2  ...and Albert Road as it was in 1991 with Southsea police station on the right

JPNS-05-10-12 RW kings2 ...and Albert Road as it was in 1991 with Southsea police station on the right

The building that did exist 107 years ago on the site where the Kings would be constructed on the corner of Exmouth Road, is Ebenezer Perkins’s grocery store.

It was bought up and demolished along with 11 other properties to make way for the Kings.

Built on marshy land, the theatre has a spring under its stage.

The building on the right served as Southsea police station until it was converted into a pub in 1996, the Fuzz and Firkin. Apparently the Pig and Whistle was not considered. It was renamed the Goose At The V&A in 2001.