Resident’s wartime memories

Ray McCloud riding pillion on the wide open spaces of Paulsgrove in 1946
Ray McCloud riding pillion on the wide open spaces of Paulsgrove in 1946
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Ray McCloud wanted to share his boyhood memories of Wymering and the fledgling Paulsgrove estate during the Second World War.

You can just see him here poking his head around his father’s shoulder riding pillion on the open land which is now Paulsgrove, Portsmouth.

He remembers when ‘from the west side of Washbrook Road to the eastern side of Bridges Avenue was a race course’.

He said: ‘It was owned by Coopers who owned all of that land. The grandstand was just over Race Course Lane, on the left hand side.’

Ray, of Monxton Green, West Leigh, Havant, added: ‘At that time Paulsgrove consisted of 11 roads. We lived in Coleridge Road throughout the war.’

The picture, which also shows his mother and sister in the sidecar, was taken in 1946 at the corner of Masefield Avenue and Newbolt Road.