Portsmouth estate before it was cut in two by road

Somers Town, Portsmouth, 1970
Somers Town, Portsmouth, 1970

THIS WEEK IN 1979: Southern Television stays off the air

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This was Somers Town, Portsmouth, before Winston Churchill Avenue cut its way between the blocks of flats in the 1970s. It was taken by a News photographer in 1970.

The road running north up the right hand side is Somers Road passing St Peter’s Church on the right.

The distinctive Mystery pub can be seen lower left with Brougham Road below it.

The large block of flats in the centre was demolished some years ago.

Other blocks to be seen are Tipton House, Ladywood House and Edgbaston House.

Also here is a 1958 scene of London Road, Waterlooville, and today it is, of course, pedestrianised.

Although it is 1958 the overhead street lighting looks like it is from a much earlier age.

Meanwhile, there is a further photo from the book The Southern at War showing a blitzed railway carriage at Portsmouth Harbour station on August 12 or 13, 1941. There was one fatality and several severe injuries recorded. The dark and white stripes on the pillars were for sighting in the blackout.

And how many of you remember when slides in parks really were worth the name – in the days before the health and safety brigade descended?

This photo is of the slide in Havant Park in 1959. The top must have been 12ft from the ground.

I remember these slides and rubbing candle grease on the brass. After a few slides the speed was terrific.

There have been reports in The News recently about the zebra crossing in East Street, Havant, needing re-siting because, apparently, it’s dangerous. Well, here we have the site of that crossing in days when those striped crossings had not been dreamed of.

The lad with the bicycle is standing on the exact spot where the crossing is today. Of course, at the turn of the last century the only problem crossing the road was stepping in manure.

Apart from the traffic, this scene is unchanged to this day.