No more than an alley – one of Portsmouth’s smallest streets

Kingston Road 1975 with Malthouse Road squeezed between the pub and U-Name-It
Kingston Road 1975 with Malthouse Road squeezed between the pub and U-Name-It
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Jocelyn DeReding was really taken down memory lane when she saw the picture on the right of Kingston Road, Portsmouth, in a recent Remember When.

She was born 77 years ago in 34 Malthouse Road – the tiny street you see here between The Whitehall pub and U-Name-It which, back in the day, was an off licence. She also remembers playing hide and seek at the back of the Majestic cinema.

Jocelyn adds: ‘I don’t know if anyone remembers the brewery on the right hand side of Malthouse Road called Hammertons which was later bought by Charringtons?

‘We had to move out of our house when I was 16 as we were told all the houses were going to be knocked down, but it didn’t happen for about another 20 years.’

She recalls the ‘posh houses’ in Kingston Crescent and the equally ‘posh’ Daley School. ‘But farther down the road on the left leading towards Mile End was Chapman’s Laundry. Not so posh!,’ she says.

She wonders if readers have any more old pictures of this area.