Oh, for the days when the combustion engine didn’t rule!

A somewhat damaged view of Gosport, but worth closer inspection.				          Picture: Richard Hulse Collection
A somewhat damaged view of Gosport, but worth closer inspection. Picture: Richard Hulse Collection
It would take  someone of the age of 55-plus to remember this scene along Commercial Road at the junction of Church Street.

NOSTALGIA: A Portsmouth scene unrecognisable today: Commercial Road in its pomp

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Richard Hulse sent me the aerial photo of Gosport which looks as though it might have been taken in the mid-1950s.

The chain ferry, which ran between Point, Old Portsmouth, and Gosport can be seen to the left of the Gosport ferry landing stage. The ferry is seen leaving for Portsmouth in the bottom right.

The Green at Rowlands Castle long before traffic. There was a pathway through the grass in those days. (Barry Cox collection).

The Green at Rowlands Castle long before traffic. There was a pathway through the grass in those days. (Barry Cox collection).

Gosport High Street, long before pedestrianisation, runs up the middle.

• The view of The Green at Rowlands Castle is almost unchanged today apart from modern traffic of course. I imagine it’s a turn-of-the-century view.

Running across the green can be seen a track which has long been overgrown.

In the far distance can be seen the tree line of Stansted Forest.

I believe this photo was taken from the junction of London Road and Hulbert Road, Waterlooville.

I believe this photo was taken from the junction of London Road and Hulbert Road, Waterlooville.

• And we move on to another photo taken before the days of traffic-riddled roads.

In the picture on the right I believe the location is the junction of London Road and Hulbert Road, Waterlooville.

Today there is a roundabout to the left of the camera. The tram is heading for Cosham.

• William Pink founded his grocery empire in 1858. After becoming established William devoted his life to public duty and served as mayor of Portsmouth five times. He was knighted by Queen Victoria in 1891.

W Pink was a well-known Portsmouth grocery firm. It had an empire of 42 branches. Here we see one of its delivery vans, perhaps in the 1940s.

W Pink was a well-known Portsmouth grocery firm. It had an empire of 42 branches. Here we see one of its delivery vans, perhaps in the 1940s.

He had sons, Ernest, Harold and Victor who all became partners in the firm. Harold became mayor three times. The empire eventually reached 42 shops across the Portsmouth area.