On the right we see a view along Marmion Road, Southsea in Edwardian days. Standing as she does today, St Jude’s Church, Kent Road dominates the skyline.
This area was extensively bombed during the Second World War but seems to have survived quite well. The church remained untouched unlike so many of Southsea’s religious buildings.
Like Palmerston Road just around the corner in the distance, Marmion Road was the elite in shopping in Southsea.
With the many villas and large houses in the general vicinity, dealing with the gentry was the first order for many of these shops.
Most of the buildings on the right of the photo have been demolished and rebuilt.
To the left it must be Fontwell Road and in the distance Friary Close.
Between the two are many buildings but today it is the car park to Waitrose supermarket.
There is not a car in sight although a few horses can be seen.
The Marmion Tavern in the distance is still trading I am glad to say.
In the photograph below from today there are cars, cars, and more cars. In fact I was nearly run down while taking the photograph.
I am glad to say the St Jude’s Church looks down on us still. The rest of the road has changed with much modern advertising on show.
I am not so sure that living today is all that better than times past when looking at these photographs.