Order of the bath picture taken outside Portsmouth chip shop

Order of the bath then. Helpful sailors assist  in moving property from,perhaps, a bomb damaged house.'To the rear the corner shop is a fish fryer owner by A. Wringle on the corner of Jessie Road and Talbot Road.'Note the bus stop on the right and the dustbin on the pavement.
Order of the bath then. Helpful sailors assist in moving property from,perhaps, a bomb damaged house.'To the rear the corner shop is a fish fryer owner by A. Wringle on the corner of Jessie Road and Talbot Road.'Note the bus stop on the right and the dustbin on the pavement.

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It’s one of the most iconic photographs taken in Portsmouth in the Second World War – sailors helping move a bombed-out family into new accommodation.

It appeared in the original version of Smitten City, published after the war by The Evening News and many times in this paper since.

Order of the Bath long gone but Mr Wringle's shop remains albeit  in a modern form, a Chinese takeaway.''The bus stop is in the same location but set back from the  kerb to facilitate the  large modern buses with hydraulic drop.

Order of the Bath long gone but Mr Wringle's shop remains albeit in a modern form, a Chinese takeaway.''The bus stop is in the same location but set back from the kerb to facilitate the large modern buses with hydraulic drop.

But the location was never revealed.

Now my colleague Bob Hind has pinpointed it thanks to his Kelly’s Directory library.

He managed to make out the name of the corner shop – a fish and chip shop called Wringles. Then, thanks to Kelly’s he discovered it was owned by an A Wringle and was on the corner of Jessie Road and Talbot Road, Southsea.

The fish fryer is now a Chinese takeaway and the bus stop – just visible on the right of the old picture – is still there.