The Mermaid was perfect for a post-film drink

The Mermaid, New Road, Copnor, pictured in the 1970s
The Mermaid, New Road, Copnor, pictured in the 1970s

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Portsmouth is the proud home of many architecturally-distinctive pubs. The Mermaid, in New Road, Copnor, is one of them. It is pictured here in the 1970s.

The patrons of the old Eagle Picturedrome cinema opposite this A E Cogswell-designed pub had only to cross over the road for an after-show drink.

This picture house, which opened in 1911, closed in the 1920s and the site was taken over by Ward’s Bakery.

For ornithologists, Baffins Pond is a peaceful inner-city haven where birds and wildlife abound.

And, of course, if they fancy a drink while carrying out this pursuit, the Baffins Inn overlooking the pond is a popular port of call.