Remains of the Royal hospital’s gates

The gateway to the Royal Portsmouth Hospital.
The gateway to the Royal Portsmouth Hospital.
It would take  someone of the age of 55-plus to remember this scene along Commercial Road at the junction of Church Street.

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The picture of the gateway to the old Royal Hospital, Portsmouth, I published last month was seen by David Shepherd from Boarhunt.

When the gate was demolished in 1969 the rubble was dumped on waste ground in Tipner Street.

One of the former columns that made up the  gate into the Royal Portsmouth Hospital in Commercial Road.

One of the former columns that made up the gate into the Royal Portsmouth Hospital in Commercial Road.

David, who used to live at Rudmore Wharf Road had his house taken by compulsory purchase for the M275 and he moved to the country.

He asked if he could have some of the larger pieces. Loading the rubble on to a low-loader, he took it to Boarhunt where most was used for a rockery. Several parts of the columns were used as posts to his drive and another six-foot high piece is now in his garden.