One more for the road as Portsmouth pub has its wings clipped

ROTTEN The landmark spread eagle on top of the pub was made of wood, not metal as many people thought. It was taken down when it rotted. This picture is undated.
ROTTEN The landmark spread eagle on top of the pub was made of wood, not metal as many people thought. It was taken down when it rotted. This picture is undated.
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Here is a lovely selection of pictures which might spark memories for older, pub-going readers.

How many of you recall the Spread Eagle in Arundel Street, Landport, Portsmouth?

Without the eagle''and after the rotten, wooden one came down

Without the eagle''and after the rotten, wooden one came down

Admittedly, you’ll need to go back a bit because it closed at the end of August 1972.

All today’s pictures were sent to me by Heather Marlow (née Forster) whose mother, Edna, was the last landlady.

She took over in 1952 from her aunt Lottie Lovell, known as Auntie Lot to her regulars.

The pub was demolished to make way for the widening of Arundel Street. It was more than a century old and Heather’s family ran it for its final 40 years.

LANDLADY Trevor and Edna Forster outside the Spread Eagle's front door above which was Edna's name. This picture was taken in September 1955.

LANDLADY Trevor and Edna Forster outside the Spread Eagle's front door above which was Edna's name. This picture was taken in September 1955.

She tells me her mum was about 38 when she ‘inherited’ the Spread Eagle and must have been one of the few women in the city to have her name above the door as licensee.

On its final night bouquets from customers lined the bar.

Earlier a tea trolley was presented to Edna by members of the Carberry Football Club who used the pub as their headquarters since its formation in 1957. They moved on to The Florist in Fratton Road.

Edna told The News: ‘This is a very sad time for us. Most of my customers are pensioners and now they’ll have to find somewhere else to spend their time.

GLAMOROUS Edna was about 38 when she took over the pub from Aunt Lot. Her daughter Heather says: 'In this picture notice there are no optics. The pub was a beer house only at first. Good old rough cider was popular.'

GLAMOROUS Edna was about 38 when she took over the pub from Aunt Lot. Her daughter Heather says: 'In this picture notice there are no optics. The pub was a beer house only at first. Good old rough cider was popular.'

‘I shall certainly miss them.’

CARRY ON Most pubs built towers of pennies for charity and a celebrity usually popped in to knock them down.''In this case at the Spread Eagle in Arundel Street, Portsmouth, it was Carry On star Charles Hawtrey.

CARRY ON Most pubs built towers of pennies for charity and a celebrity usually popped in to knock them down.''In this case at the Spread Eagle in Arundel Street, Portsmouth, it was Carry On star Charles Hawtrey.