The difference now and then in St Helen’s Parade

St Helen's Parade in 1930
St Helen's Parade in 1930
You might struggle with this scene but it is in fact looking across Waite Street, Cosham. The tram is heading for Spur Road.  Picture: Barry Cox Collection

NOSTALGIA: When trams ran through the fire station’s offices at Cosham

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Here we can see St Helen’s Parade at Southsea as it was in 1930.

There’s not a car in sight, just two cyclists. A lone tram is making its way west towards the pier, which is located just to the right of the camera. To the left are St Helen’s homes for more well-heeled residents.

St Helen's Parade today

St Helen's Parade today

In the modern photo of St Helen’s Parade, the trams have long gone and are replaced by diesel buses and cars. To the left, where there once was a blank wall and garden, is the Royal Beach Hotel. I think this must have been extended. There’s also a lot of street furniture filling the pavement.