See just how much things have changed with fascinating book

A traffic-free Kingston Cross about 1908. London Road Baptist Church opened in 1904 with seats for 900 worshippers, but closed in 2001, reopening in 2005 as the Lanyard pub.
A traffic-free Kingston Cross about 1908. London Road Baptist Church opened in 1904 with seats for 900 worshippers, but closed in 2001, reopening in 2005 as the Lanyard pub.
It would take  someone of the age of 55-plus to remember this scene along Commercial Road at the junction of Church Street.

NOSTALGIA: A Portsmouth scene unrecognisable today: Commercial Road in its pomp

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The recently-published book Portsmouth Through Time explores the differences that passing time has wrought on the urban landscape of Portsmouth and Southsea.

Containing more than 180 colour and black and white photographs, the book places many unrecognisable scenes in context in place and time.

The building on the right served both as North End branch library, which opened in 1897, and as a police station.

The building on the right served both as North End branch library, which opened in 1897, and as a police station.

Archive images, including Victorian scenes, Edwardian postcards and colour photos from the 1960s and 70s are compared and contrasted with a similar view today.

n Portsmouth Through Time by John Sadden is published by Amberley at £12.99.

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