Pictures of landmark were rescued from rubbish skip

Portsdown Main under construction in 1948
Portsdown Main under construction in 1948
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Recently-demolished Portsdown Main became a much-loved landmark on the Portsmouth skyline for more than 50 years.

Completed in the mid-1950s, the most recognisable part of the city’s former radar production site was reduced to rubble earlier this month.

An aerial picture of Portsdown Main under construction

An aerial picture of Portsdown Main under construction

It was coverage of that event in The News which prompted Mick Barry to raid his collection to find these pictures.

Mick, of Empshott Road, Southsea, worked there in the boiler house from 1980 until 1996. He said: ‘The photos were rescued from a rubbish skip when they were closing the boiler house in 1996.’

According to the dates on the back of the pictures they cover the period of construction from 1947 to 1954.

The Art Deco-style building was home to the Admiralty Signals Establishment, the Admiralty

Surface Weapons Establishment, the Defence Evaluation and Research Agency, and then by the Defence Research Agency. It closed in January 2007.