Pubs – the buildings which still knit our communities

Until very recently this shop at 16 Eastgate Square, Chichester, was the Little Shop of Secrets.''It has just changed hands and during the conversion its history was revealed.''The Market Tavern, which took its name from the nearby cattle market, was a pub until 1915.   Picture: Allan Hutchings
Until very recently this shop at 16 Eastgate Square, Chichester, was the Little Shop of Secrets.''It has just changed hands and during the conversion its history was revealed.''The Market Tavern, which took its name from the nearby cattle market, was a pub until 1915. Picture: Allan Hutchings
The Victoria Cinema in Commercial Road at its junction with Cambridge Road, 1962. This is where Commercial Road begins its long journey north to Kingston Crescent. Picture: Eddie Wallace

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I know from readers’ responses that you enjoy seeing pictures of old and current pubs.

As such a rich part of the fabric of our society, the buildings always strike chords. It may be that you simply used the hostelry as a landmark and never set foot in the place, or, as is more often the case, remember it as your regular.

Still going strong: the Electric Arms in Fratton Road which dates from 1924

Still going strong: the Electric Arms in Fratton Road which dates from 1924

Thanks to the Royal Navy, Portsmouth used to have more pubs per square mile than most cities in England.

Of course, hundreds have disappeared, but their demolition or conversion cannot remove the memories of happy times spent inside.

All the pictures today are from Portsmouth, apart from the little slice of history above below which was recently uncovered at the end of East Street, Chichester.

The Old Trafalgar, on the corner of Fratton Road and Stamford Street, closed in 1981

The Old Trafalgar, on the corner of Fratton Road and Stamford Street, closed in 1981

The White House in Ernest Road, Buckland, went out of business in 1982.''Architect AE Cogswell was responsible for its look having converted it from two houses in the first decade of the 20th century.

The White House in Ernest Road, Buckland, went out of business in 1982.''Architect AE Cogswell was responsible for its look having converted it from two houses in the first decade of the 20th century.

The Trafalgar Arms is another Fratton Road pub still pulling in punters. It was built in 1926 for Brickwood's and was designed by the man responsible for so many Portsmouth hostelries, AE Cogswell. The pub is now owned by Enterprise Inns.

The Trafalgar Arms is another Fratton Road pub still pulling in punters. It was built in 1926 for Brickwood's and was designed by the man responsible for so many Portsmouth hostelries, AE Cogswell. The pub is now owned by Enterprise Inns.