Snapped from a bedroom window – a fledgling M27

The 1969 picture of Paulsgrove clearly showing the route of the M27
The 1969 picture of Paulsgrove clearly showing the route of the M27
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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They might be a little grainy, but the four photographs at the foot of the page serve as an historic reminder of the changing face of Portsmouth in the late 20th century.

And it was the Remember When picture above which prompted Mrs Chris Haycock to dig them out of her album.

Chris Haycock's pictures she took from her bedroom window in Beverston Road, Paulsgrove, in 1974 of the construction of the M27. PPP-140729-160153001

Chris Haycock's pictures she took from her bedroom window in Beverston Road, Paulsgrove, in 1974 of the construction of the M27. PPP-140729-160153001

On the right is a 1969 photo of Paulsgrove with the protected path of the soon-to-be-built M27 clearly visible sweeping away to the left from the centre. Prefabs still remain in its path but would soon be demolished

Five years later and Chris took her pictures from her bedroom window in Beverston Road, Paulsgrove, the street which would eventually border the motorway.

She says: ‘In my photographs the prefabs have been demolished and the chalk hill of the road is being constructed using a huge conveyor belt that ran down the hill from the chalk pit getting longer and longer until it had reached the shoreline and possibly farther.

‘It took a long time and worked continuously day and night, 365 days a year.

Chris Haycock's pictures she took from her bedroom window in Beverston Road, Paulsgrove, in 1974 of the construction of the M27. PPP-140729-160212001

Chris Haycock's pictures she took from her bedroom window in Beverston Road, Paulsgrove, in 1974 of the construction of the M27. PPP-140729-160212001

‘I’m not sure how long it went on for, but it seemed like years – at least two Christmases.’

Chris Haycock's pictures she took from her bedroom window in Beverston Road, Paulsgrove, in 1974 of the construction of the M27. PPP-140729-160238001

Chris Haycock's pictures she took from her bedroom window in Beverston Road, Paulsgrove, in 1974 of the construction of the M27. PPP-140729-160238001

Chris Haycock's pictures she took from her bedroom window in Beverston Road, Paulsgrove, in 1974 of the construction of the M27. PPP-140729-160312001

Chris Haycock's pictures she took from her bedroom window in Beverston Road, Paulsgrove, in 1974 of the construction of the M27. PPP-140729-160312001