The tranquillity of village life as seen in Denmead

Denmead post office and village stores about 1960.    Picture: Paul Costen
Denmead post office and village stores about 1960. Picture: Paul Costen
Two clerks on duty in James Taylors offices in Old Portsmouth. 			 (Robert James collection)

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Denmead still retains much of the air of a traditional English village, but these three photographs hark back to days when life there was even more peaceful.

They all show the post office in Hambeldon Road and can be dated to the 1950s and perhaps early 1960s.

The shot of the mother and her children with the pram looks to have been taken in 1960.

The signs in the windows of Restalls and the village stores have an early advertisement for Spar along with the more traditional ones promoting Saxa Salt, Lyons Cakes, Capstan cigarettes and Hovis.

All three pictures come from Paul Costen, the Waterlooville photographer and collector. Many more images can be seen at costen.co.uk.