The road across the marshes

The original planned route of Eastern Road, across the marshes, and Fir Tree Corner, then and now.
The original planned route of Eastern Road, across the marshes, and Fir Tree Corner, then and now.
Portsmouth in 1717 (from William Gates History of Portsmouth, 1900)

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All of you will have travelled along Eastern Road from Milton to its junction with Havant Road on the Drayton/Farlington border.

But I wonder how many of you know the original plan was for the road to cross Port Creek and then head east then north to a junction at Fir Tree Corner, Bedhampton?

JPWM-14-02-15 rw Then Fir Tree Corner''***USE SMALL POOR***''Fir Tree Corner circa 1962. The location of where the Eastern Road was planned to have it's junction with Havant Road. PPP-151102-100635001

JPWM-14-02-15 rw Then Fir Tree Corner''***USE SMALL POOR***''Fir Tree Corner circa 1962. The location of where the Eastern Road was planned to have it's junction with Havant Road. PPP-151102-100635001

In the Portsmouth Corporation records of 1928 it says that the roads and works committee submitted a report for the road to cross Farlington Marshes to connect with Havant Road at the bottom of Bedhampton Hill. This was later amended to join up with Havant Road west of Bedhampton at Fir Tree Corner.

This was later amended again and the road as we now know it was finally planned.

If the original plan had come to fruition, I wonder if the whole of the marsh would now be a built-up area?

JPWM-14-02-15 rw Now Fir Tree Corner''Now. Fir Tree Corner today. PPP-151102-100623001

JPWM-14-02-15 rw Now Fir Tree Corner''Now. Fir Tree Corner today. PPP-151102-100623001