Portsmouth church hall identified

Lady James making the presentation outside St Bartholomew's Church halls and, right, St Bartholomew's Church, Outram Road, Southsea.
Lady James making the presentation outside St Bartholomew's Church halls and, right, St Bartholomew's Church, Outram Road, Southsea.
On the evening of October 23,1970 two tankers collided six miles south of the Isle of Wight. 13 crewmen died.

Flames from the oil tanker Pacific Glory could be seen from Portsdown Hill

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Remember this Evening News picture of Lady James making a presentation to girl guides? I asked if anyone knew where it was.

Paul Clark had the answer – the entrance to St Bartholomew’s Church halls which stood at the junction of Outram Road and Campbell Road, Southsea.

St Bartholomew's Church in Outram Road, Southsea.

St Bartholomew's Church in Outram Road, Southsea.

The church and halls are long gone, replaced by houses called St Bartholomew’s Gardens.

Paul says there were two entrances to the halls, one in the church grounds near the church entrance, the other directly on to the road. He thinks the one in the picture was the entrance to the road.

The halls rehoused Esplanade House School (known as Chivers) when the school buildings, in Cottage Grove, were bombed in 1941.