Southsea gun crews’ huts became homes following the war

The huts on the corner of Gordon Road and Western Parade, Southsea, and, below, Chris chatfield, aged three, with hismother outside The Huts
The huts on the corner of Gordon Road and Western Parade, Southsea, and, below, Chris chatfield, aged three, with hismother outside The Huts
Hampshire's Jimmy Gray and Roy Marshall walk out to open the batting at Burnaby Road in a 1950s match

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The huts seen in the distance in the photograph published last week brought a few replies.

Eddie Wallace says their original use was for the crews of the 4.5in anti-aircraft guns and rocket launchers that were on Southsea Common during the Second World War.

RW Chris Chatfield''Chris Chatfield aged three along with his mother  at The Huts on Southsea common.

RW Chris Chatfield''Chris Chatfield aged three along with his mother at The Huts on Southsea common.

After the war the local authority (Parks and Open Spaces Dept) took them over and demolished several, but a few were retained to house the many grass cutters and other council machines such as street cleaning carts.

I then heard from Chris Chatfield who lived in the huts in the early 1950s.

He says the picture dates to the early 1950s and the building commonly called and addressed as The Huts was on the south side of Gordon Road, now Duisburg Way.

Chris lived in the huts with his parents and two sisters Cynthia and Adrienne at number nine. From there it was a short walk to school at Cottage Grove.

In 1956 the family were moved to Carlton House off Commercial Road and the buildings were demolished.