Snapshots give an insight into Portsmouth’s past

Victoria Park on a winter's day
Victoria Park on a winter's day

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Today’s Remember When focuses on Edwardian and Georgian photographs taken around Portsmouth which offer a fascinating snapshot of the city’s past.

The first picture shows us Victoria Park on a winter’s day.

A lovely hand-tinted photograph of St Mary's Church, Fratton Road, taken around 1930

A lovely hand-tinted photograph of St Mary's Church, Fratton Road, taken around 1930

You can tell the season because of the leafless trees, but it must be quite mild.

The lady in the forefront is not wearing a coat and is carrying an umbrella.

You cannot make out any shadows, so it is unclear whether the sun was shining. The lady behind her seems to be wearing her furs but the two schoolgirls are in blazers, which seems odd.

Notice the wire fencing to stop walkers cutting across the corners of the lawns.

Who knows what terrible thing would happen if they dared to walk on the grass?

In the second picture we see a superb hand-tinted postcard of St Mary’s Church in Fratton Road.

It seems to have been taken around 1930 or thereabouts, but definitely before the Second World War as the trams stopped running in 1936.

To the right of the picture you can see the many graves in the churchyard. During the war the yard took several bomb hits.

The exposed remains were interred together and all the headstones moved to locations around the edge of the churchyard.

This made the parkland area we see today.