The days when you could catch a bus AND find a pub

Hard to recognise nowadays is this part of Gosport Road, Fareham. Long since demolished is'The Rising Sun which occupied the corner of Mill Road and its junction with the A32.  (23 April 1965) ''Picture: Fred York
Hard to recognise nowadays is this part of Gosport Road, Fareham. Long since demolished is'The Rising Sun which occupied the corner of Mill Road and its junction with the A32. (23 April 1965) ''Picture: Fred York

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Everyone has a local pub – one which they may even use on a regular basis!

In recent years, our townscapes have changed considerably with the disappearance of favourite pubs and landmarks.

The Royal Arms in Stoke Road, Gosport is notable for having decorative ironwork which doubles as a superior style bus shelter.  (23 May 1985) ''Picture: Fred York

The Royal Arms in Stoke Road, Gosport is notable for having decorative ironwork which doubles as a superior style bus shelter. (23 May 1985) ''Picture: Fred York

Suddenly, a block of flats or an office block rises up like a new plant where the pub once stood.

Almost immediately it is hard to recall exactly what the building looked like even though we saw it every day for many years.

A new book from the Provincial Society collection captures many of the old familiar pubs as well as some which have survived.

Entitled Provincial Passing Pubs it is precisely what it says, a collection of photographs from the 1950s to the 1990s in the Gosport and Fareham area showing Provincial buses passing the pubs along their routes.

Some pubs, of course, became stopping points or even a terminus for a service.

Fred York, a renowned international transport author and historian, has created another in his series which reveal some interesting glimpses into the recent past.

After a brief introduction, there are more than 40 pages of black and white photographs depicting life as it was in the two towns.

Copies are available at the Travel shop at Fareham Bus Station or ordered from the Provincial Society on its website provincialsociety.org.

These two photographs provide a taster of what is inside.