The days when inquests were held in your local

Looking north up Copnor Road with New Road East on the left
Looking north up Copnor Road with New Road East on the left
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A set of pictures today posted recently on the Memories of Bygone Portsmouth Facebook page.

On the right is Copnor Road looking rather grand in a picture taken about 1911.

How many of you, like Jackie Baynes, remember good times in the Black Cat Caf� on The Hard or even at the Wimpy Bar next door?

How many of you, like Jackie Baynes, remember good times in the Black Cat Caf� on The Hard or even at the Wimpy Bar next door?

Arthur Hooper’s grocery store and the post office stood on the corner of New Road East, next door to Ernest Smith’s butcher’s shop.

Out of shot in this picture was The Swan pub which dated from the 1890s though a pub called Duncan’s Head is believed to have served pints on that site from the 1850s.

In keeping with the custom of the time, inquests were often held in the local pub and those at the Duncan’s Head included Copnor’s railway signalman who had been killed in an accident on the nearby track in 1869.

The Baffins area of Portsmouthin the 1950s  with its pond in the centre and Tangier Road winding its way, left to right, through the centre of the photo.

The Baffins area of Portsmouthin the 1950s with its pond in the centre and Tangier Road winding its way, left to right, through the centre of the photo.

Here, again in the 1950s,  we see the houseboats which were once moored alongside Eastern Road, Portsmouth, overlooked by blocks of newly-built flats.

Here, again in the 1950s, we see the houseboats which were once moored alongside Eastern Road, Portsmouth, overlooked by blocks of newly-built flats.