Names may change but the roads stay the same

Lower Road, now Brookside Road, Bedhampton

Lower Road, now Brookside Road, Bedhampton

Looking along Unicorn Road towards Unicorn Gate about the turn of the last century.

Bomb wiped out these rows of terraced Portsmouth homes

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Today we’re having a look at a selection of photos which were taken at spots off Portsea Island in times gone by.

We see a view looking towards the old A27 at the junction with Portsdown Hill Road and Bedhampton Hill.

The Coach and Horses below Butser Hill on the old A3. Photo from Barry Cox.

The Coach and Horses below Butser Hill on the old A3. Photo from Barry Cox.

The photographer has called it Lower Road although today the little-changed scene is called Brookside Road, for obvious reasons.

The brook running on the left hand side never seems to freeze over in winter and was a scours of watercress I am told. Can anyone tell me the make of cars in the distance?

Some time ago I published a frontal photograph of the establishment in the photo below left, but this picture shows it in wide angle with the old A3 passing in front of it.

It was the Coach and Horses located below Butser Hill just south of Petersfield.

Commander ‘Buster’ Crabb would have known this building very well

Bon Hind

I have been up there trying to locate exactly where it was but the new road seems to kill the angle. Does anyone know the exact spot where this building stood and when last orders were served?

We also have a photo of West Leigh House, which once stood on the right-hand-side of Bartons Road – now called Martins Road – which ran from what was West Leigh Crossroads, nowadays it is a T-junction.

It shows the scientists and other people of great intelligence who worked for the Mine Warfare Department, then called the Underwater Countermeasures and Weapons Establishment (UCWE)

Administration was done at Leigh Park House but West Leigh House was used for trials and experiments as there was a large pond in the grounds. The whole team were transferred from HMS Vernon during the Second World War.

West Leigh House with staff from UCWE posing for the photograph

West Leigh House with staff from UCWE posing for the photograph

When they moved out the ground were taken over by the electronics firm Plessey and the building, then called the White House was used as a billet for visiting executives.

Commander ‘Buster’ Crabb would have known this building very well.

We also have a cracking picture is a postcard view looking north down Midhurst’s North Street before the beginning of the 1900s I should think.

In recent times was used in scenes for Foyle’s War.

Midhurst's North Streeet in Victorian times.

Midhurst's North Streeet in Victorian times.

If you know more of the house when under naval control or when Plessey used it please let me know.

It has since been demolished and a private housing estate built on the site.

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