Photos show huge changes in Lee’s 130-year history

This view of Lee High Street in the 1930s shows the garage and petrol station on the left. It was run by the Smith Brothers at the western end of Lee's thoroughfare. The garage has long since disappeared and the site now houses a block of flats, Hove Court
This view of Lee High Street in the 1930s shows the garage and petrol station on the left. It was run by the Smith Brothers at the western end of Lee's thoroughfare. The garage has long since disappeared and the site now houses a block of flats, Hove Court
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Pictorial books such as Ron Brown’s Lee-on-the-Solent From Old Photographs are not only invaluable to historians, but also to anyone wishing to know more about the history of the place in which they live or work.

Old photographs give a fascinating insight and a tool to compare past and present.

A Solent Dairy milkcart with female driver outside the Victoria Hotel in Manor Way, Lee-on-the-Solent. The dairy's proprietor was William Smith

A Solent Dairy milkcart with female driver outside the Victoria Hotel in Manor Way, Lee-on-the-Solent. The dairy's proprietor was William Smith

Lee is perfect for such comparisons, for although it has only existed for 130 years as a coastal settlement, in that time it has lost so much: a pier, railway, swimming pool, unique entertainment complex and a large naval base and airfield.

n Ron’s book, published by Amberley at £12.99 is available from the following offices of The News: The News Centre, Hilsea; Lake Road, Portsmouth; West Street, Fareham; High Street, Gosport and West Street, Havant. Or call (023) 9262 2207 for postal inquiries. Postage rates will apply.