Ornate gateway separated Point from the rest of town

The Bell Tavern where High Street meets Broad Street, Old Portsmouth
The Bell Tavern where High Street meets Broad Street, Old Portsmouth
The telegram received by William Halls mother  still upsetting to read 78 years on.

NOSTALGIA WITH BOB HIND: Curse of the telegram: Dear Mrs Hall – your son is dead

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The inns and taverns past and present in Old Portsmouth are steeped in history, as you would expect from an area dating back to the late 12th century.

On the right is the Bell Tavern (you can just make out its name in the top right of the picture).

You could find it where High Street meets Broad Street, more or less opposite the Square Tower.

In earlier times a large ornate stone gateway graced Broad Street near here, separating Portsmouth from Point.

Called King James’s Gate it was put up in 1687 and removed in 1864.

Below is the instantly recognisable Spice Island Inn, at the harbour end of Broad Street, once known as the The Union Tavern.

Portsmouth Corporation’s electric trams terminated here, but a reminder has been retained in the form of tramlines to enhance this preservation area.