Stranded by floods – all part of life down at Point, Old Portsmouth

Under water ' Broad Street, Old Portsmouth, in 1911 with stranded householders
Under water ' Broad Street, Old Portsmouth, in 1911 with stranded householders
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Flooding in Broad Street, Old Portsmouth, was a common occurrence in the early years of the last century.

As we can see from the picture,tidal surges often left homes under water and residents stranded.

Broad Street today PPP-140818-114658001

Broad Street today PPP-140818-114658001

Since those days flood barriers have been constructed at Point – gates which hold back the tide where the old chain ferry used to come in.

In this old picture, taken in 1911, the photographer has Point behind him and I guess the chain ferry would have had few passengers that day.

The modern photograph, which I took last week, shows how the houses have been altered but few demolished, I am glad to say.

I found it difficult to get the right perspective.

However, if you look at the top of the house to the right of the tram standard and to the left of the modern lamp post you can see they are the same building.

I knocked on a few doors to see if anyone was at home in the hope that I could persuade them to stand outside the same houses. Unfortunately everyone was out.

I am pleased to say the tram tracks with the loop are still in place.