Portsmouth skyline shows scars of wartime attacks

Commercial Road in Portsmouth
Commercial Road in Portsmouth
The Post Office in Commercial Road on the corner of Stanhope Road 1970s. The Guildhall clocktower to the left.

The much-loved Post Office that’s now a block of flats

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Here’s a very evocative shot of Commercial Road in the heart of Portsmouth, taken in 1945.

The aftermath of war left a great difference to Portsmouth’s skyline, as this simple view shows.

At this time residents were just beginning to rebuild their lives after a long period of heartbreak and austerity.

The wide open space on the right of the picture was, pre-war, the premises of Landport Drapery Bazaar.

The building was reconstructed and eventually became Allders department store, now Debenhams.

The tiny road running away to the right is Arundel Street. In the background are some of the properties seen in detail in the picture below, plus Burtons the tailors and Marks & Spencer – all more or less survived the blitz, as did the ornate facade of Lloyds Bank on the far left.