Portsmouth street waxes and wanes down the centuries

19TH CENTURY
Half Moon Street between The Navy Tavern and the Common Hard.

19TH CENTURY Half Moon Street between The Navy Tavern and the Common Hard.

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For those who can’t place it, Half Moon Street is now considered part of Queen Street, Portsea, but at one time it was a street in its own right.

In the lithograph from the early 19th century it appears as a street of some length, nestling between The Navy Tavern and Common Hard.

Half Moon Street in the 1920s with The Navy Tavern to the left.

Half Moon Street in the 1920s with The Navy Tavern to the left.

It looks as though Havant Street, in the distance, is some hundreds of yards away.

Fast forward to the early 1920s and Half Moon Street seems a busy place.

Perhaps it was decorated for the visit of an American warship.

Move forward again to the late 1950s and early 1960s and the war has done its worst and all the buildings on the left have disappeared. A taxi has made use of the parking space.

Half Moon Street in the 1960s. All the buildings to the left have been blitzed or demolished.

Half Moon Street in the 1960s. All the buildings to the left have been blitzed or demolished.

Today, Half Moon Street is a no-entry cul-de-sac with bollards stopping any potential taxis from waiting.

If you didn’t know of it and did not look up at the wall to see that this short piece of land is still called Half Moon Street you would not know of it.

Half Moon Street today is  just a short cul-de-sac and easily missed by those who have no knowledge of it.

Half Moon Street today is just a short cul-de-sac and easily missed by those who have no knowledge of it.

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