Post-war city centre before a new look rose from rubble

Mack's government surplus store, Charlotte Street, Portsmouth, 1965, and, below, a view looking towards the traffic lights at the end of Market Way. Can anyone identify the old pub on the right?
Mack's government surplus store, Charlotte Street, Portsmouth, 1965, and, below, a view looking towards the traffic lights at the end of Market Way. Can anyone identify the old pub on the right?
jpns-22-07-17 retro July 2017

Demolition - Miss McQuade and the remains of her kitchen at her Cumberland street home.

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Here are some views to stir the memory, pictures which show just how far one small area of Portsmouth has developed in the past 50 years.

They were taken by the late Brian Pearcey and are part of a large package of his work sent to me by his wife Yvette.

From Charlotte Street, down Market Way to the traffic lights leading to Unicorn Road and Unicorn Gate PPP-141012-144501001

From Charlotte Street, down Market Way to the traffic lights leading to Unicorn Road and Unicorn Gate PPP-141012-144501001

I shall be using many more of his evocative images in future pages.

Yvette, of North End, Portsmouth, says: ‘He loved photography and spent a lot time capturing many scenes in the city before they disappeared.’

The pictures on this page were all taken in November 1965 as a new-look Landport began to emerge from the bombing ravages a quarter of a century previously.

St Agatha’s Church in Market Way is just about the only pre-Second World War building remaining in the area.

And Robert Mack’s government surplus store will bring back many happy memories.