Portsmouth children party at dawn of a second Elizabethan era

Nessus Street, Coronation Street party PPP-150302-134050001
Nessus Street, Coronation Street party PPP-150302-134050001
Opening of the new school by the home secretary in October 1927. The headmaster, Canon Barton, is on the lowest step, on the left. Dorothea Barton is possibly there, somewhere. (PGS Archive)

NOSTALGIA: A red bluestocking at Portsmouth Grammar School

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They might only be separated by a few hundred yards as the crow flies, but Portsmouth’s modern road system makes them feel poles apart.

The four pictures on this page were sent to me by Malcolm Jones and capture the essence of the excitement in post-war Britain on coronation day.

Church of St John the Baptist, Rudmore, November 1977 PPP-150302-160523001

Church of St John the Baptist, Rudmore, November 1977 PPP-150302-160523001

It was June 1953 and up and down the country street parties were held to celebrate the dawning of a new Elizabethan era.

These pictures were taken in Nessus Street, Buckland, when, it seems, most of the residents came out of their terraced homes, dressed up and sat at trestle tables to mark the great day.

How many of you recognise yourselves or relatives?

And on the opposite page we travel a little farther north to the old Rudmore parish church of St John the Baptist in a picture taken in 1977.

It became somewhat isolated when the M275 and Rudmore roundabout were built.

It closed in 1980 before being converted into one of the most striking residential blocks of flats in the city.