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The Floral Clock, Southsea, and the ornamental gardens and bandstand below
The Floral Clock, Southsea, and the ornamental gardens and bandstand below
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The logo etched in plants around the famous old semi-circular floral clock reads: ‘Southsea – For The Best Times’.

The display, pictured below, was a firm favourite each summer with visitors and residents alike and harks back, perhaps, to a more civilised era.

The Tea House and rockeries, Southsea PPP-150121-110748001

The Tea House and rockeries, Southsea PPP-150121-110748001

The same can be said of the other two photographs on this page.

On the right and below, in what look like photos taken in the 1920s or ’30s, young and old alike can be seen enjoying the immaculately-kept rock gardens farther along Southsea seafront while, on the right, crowds seem to be enjoying a concert emanating from the bandstand on the common.

All three pictures come from Jackie Baynes, of Old Portsmouth, whose 2013 book The Story of Southsea Rock Gardens and the Rock Garden Pavilion, published by the Portsmouth Society is on sale for £4.95.