They were busy times for sailors of HMS Excellent

It's  November 1950 and the Hambledon Hunt moves off from the Bat & Ball pub
It's November 1950 and the Hambledon Hunt moves off from the Bat & Ball pub
You might struggle with this scene but it is in fact looking across Waite Street, Cosham. The tram is heading for Spur Road.  Picture: Barry Cox Collection

NOSTALGIA: When trams ran through the fire station’s offices at Cosham

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Up until November 2004 (a new law was enforced in February 2005) sights such as these two were a common occurrence in the villages of Hampshire, especially along the Meon Valley.

After that time fox hunting was banned, although the animals can still be shot as vermin.

Boxing Day 1950 and the Meonstoke Hunt is  ready to set off

Boxing Day 1950 and the Meonstoke Hunt is ready to set off

In the left-hand photo we see the Master of the Hunt moving his hounds off from outside the Bat & Ball Inn at Hambledon in November 1950.

The pub, at Broadhalfpenny Down was famous for having a line drawn across the bar with different bar times.

It is, of course, the home of cricket and the Hambledon Cricket Club in the 18th century.

In the other photo we see the Master of the Hunt getting the Meonstoke Hunt off from the village on Boxing Day 1950.

Many Portsmouth people were said to have turned up for the ‘off’.