Rare city centre shots of bustling Commercial Road

A view just south of the Lake Road junction with H Samuel on the right. The cafe on the left became the poular Black Cat restaurant in the 1950s and 60s.
A view just south of the Lake Road junction with H Samuel on the right. The cafe on the left became the poular Black Cat restaurant in the 1950s and 60s.

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Three lovely pictures here of Commercial Road, Portsmouth, in the vicinity of Lake Road.

They come from Remember When regular contributor David Janes, from Alverstoke, Gosport, who thinks they might be rarities.

Lake Road junction with the Emperor of India pub on the left. The narrow road straight ahead is Paradise Street leading to Crasswell Street. A Southdown bus is passing a policeman on point duty. Note the sign for Corbins shoe shop.

Lake Road junction with the Emperor of India pub on the left. The narrow road straight ahead is Paradise Street leading to Crasswell Street. A Southdown bus is passing a policeman on point duty. Note the sign for Corbins shoe shop.

He says: ‘The three pre-war views were probably taken in 1935 with flags and bunting celebrating King George V’s Silver Jubilee.

‘I do not believe these have been published before, but one can never be sure.’

Slightly further south with Pursers on the right and Rego on the corner of Crasswell Street

Slightly further south with Pursers on the right and Rego on the corner of Crasswell Street

David Janess picture taken on December 25, 1965, from the corner where the Emperor of India stood. Note that Beaumonts and Corbins are in the same place, likewise on the right Samuels and further down Pursers, although in post-war buildings. The cafe building still protrudes, but the gap into Paradise Street has been closed.

David Janess picture taken on December 25, 1965, from the corner where the Emperor of India stood. Note that Beaumonts and Corbins are in the same place, likewise on the right Samuels and further down Pursers, although in post-war buildings. The cafe building still protrudes, but the gap into Paradise Street has been closed.