Today I’ve featured three long-gone Portsmouth pubs, all in the Landport area of the city.
The Emperor of India stood on the corner of Paradise Street in Commercial Road near its junction with Lake Road and Charlotte Street. It was once known as the Prince of Wales.
Below is the Kingfisher, a small pub which stood on the corner of Gunner Street and Timpson Road, near Lake Road. In the top right hand corner you can see the tower of St Mary’s Church.
The third pub is the Surrey Arms which appears to be in the wrong place because Commercial Road is just off to the left.
But this was the original Surrey Arms, located at 77-79 Surrey Street until 1961.
By 1962 the name moved along the street to another pub, The Victoria, at 1-7 Surrey Street, next to the Circus school and church.
Thanks to Calum Kennedy, of Angerstein Road, North End, Portsmouth, for all three photos.
Meanwhile, we see a line-up of girls at Mayville High School.
The picture is undated but features what was then known as the Upper IV.
Take a look at the girl on the left hand end of the front row, for in September she returns to the St Simon’s Road school as head teacher.
Rebecca Parkyn was educated at Mayville from 1984-1989 before going on to Portsmouth Grammar School.
She then read modern languages at St Hilda’s College, Oxford, before pursuing her interest in continental philosophy and reading for a second MA at University College, London.
Rebecca recalls: ‘The school, under the stewardship of Margaret Russell, had a relaxed but academic feel about it, proud of the links it had with PGS, very disciplined with a huge emphasis on good manners.
‘Christian prayers and hymns were said/sung in all assemblies.
‘The emphasis was on educating girls for life rather than just to pass GCSEs.’
The annual reunion of former Mayville pupils, boys or girls, is on June 27 from 6pm-8pm for a light buffet, a drink and an evening of memories.
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