The Wild West? Or our own Milton a century ago

Not the Wild West but perhaps Wild East. A bank teller loads cash  from the bank on the corner of Glasgow Road, Milton, Portsmouth.
Not the Wild West but perhaps Wild East. A bank teller loads cash from the bank on the corner of Glasgow Road, Milton, Portsmouth.
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I don’t know what the horse drawn vehicle to the right might be called but it is being used as secure transport for taking cash from the bank on the corner of Glasgow Road, in Milton, Portsmouth, about a century ago.

Perhaps it is an early form of Securicor, although no guards can be seen.

The same location today but a Lloyds  bank with, perhaps, safer security.

The same location today but a Lloyds bank with, perhaps, safer security.

The bank teller with the two bags of money has no form of anti-attack clothes on either.

Maybe banks didn’t get held up in days past?

In the same view today, below right, we see the building is still a bank – now a branch of Lloyds. Some of the windows have been replaced and the ornate door has been replaced by modern glass automatic opening doors.

I am sure the security measures are a little different as well.

The launch of Shamrock IV at Camper & Nicholson's yard, Gosport, 1914.

The launch of Shamrock IV at Camper & Nicholson's yard, Gosport, 1914.

With the America’s Cup qualifying rounds in the Solent in a few months time, I thought this photograph of the launch of Shamrock IV from Camper & Nicholson’s Yard in Gosport in 1914 was quite relevant.

It was sent to me by Brian Corner, whose grandfather William Godden was a foreman at Nicholson’s at the time.

The yacht was one of several paid for by Sir Thomas Lipton of Lipton’s Tea fame.

You will note the lack of health and safety concerns with workmen and spectators standing wherever they could get a view.

I doubt Sir Ben Ainslie’s yacht will be built under the same conditions.