The old Cumberland Road remembered

Cumberland Road looking towards Somers Road in September 1978 and, inset, Albert 'Jock' Frize on his ig-loo ' the pile of snow cleared so he could reach the outside toilet in 1963
Cumberland Road looking towards Somers Road in September 1978 and, inset, Albert 'Jock' Frize on his ig-loo ' the pile of snow cleared so he could reach the outside toilet in 1963
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Recent Remember When pictures of old Portsmouth streets prior to demolition prompted Trevor Brown to send me nostalgic images of old Cumberland Road, on the cusp of Fratton and Somers Town.

The houses backed on to the railway line between Fratton and Portsmouth and Southsea stations and the street is unrecognisable today.

Trevor, of Eastern Road, Baffins, says the picture here was taken in September 1978 and adds: ‘I lived at number 17 until I married in 1970.

‘It had a single brick bathroom at the back plus an outside toilet. Both were very cold in the winter.’

He continues: ‘There were three good-sized bedrooms, two rooms downstairs plus a kitchen and a good-sized garden which backed on to the railway line.

‘We soon got used to the noise from the trains and it didn’t bother even though I had the small bedroom at the back.’

Talking of outside toilets – in the photograph within the story you can see the lengths Albert ‘Jock’ Frize had to go to 50 years ago during the Big Freeze to answer nature’s call.

He was a 21-year-old sailor in 1963 and he’s standing on the pile of snow which had to be cleared behind his home in Powerscourt Road, Copnor, Portsmouth, just to visit the loo.

Jock and his wife Chris celebrate their golden wedding later this year and have lived in this house their entire married life.