Taking a break at a Southsea resort

Two hotels offering a wonderful stay in Southsea
Two hotels offering a wonderful stay in Southsea
The new trackbed for the Horndean Light Railway looking south across the bridge over Southwick Hill Road, Cosham, about 1903.

NOSTALGIA: Ready and waiting, the shiny new tracks climbing Portsdown Hill

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Many years before Brits went abroad on holiday, everyone who could afford it visited a resort by the sea and our very own Southsea was one of the top places to visit.

In this advert from 1899 we see two local hotels advertising their attributes.

The Sandringham, located on the junction of Osborne and Nightingale Roads, had a sketch drawn up making sure that the Queen’s Hotel was out of the picture.

Clarence Pier appears to be but a minute away, as does the beach. A very clever drawing. Fifty bedrooms on hire and with trams passing every few minutes – what could be better?

Uninterrupted sea views were offered by the Grosvenor and it was entirely sheltered from north and east winds. I’m not sure where this was, but I think it could be the Royal Beach of today.