Time for a seafront cuppa after drive from London

The Tea House on Southsea seafront and, below, one of the tickets for an event at the Rock Garden(s)
The Tea House on Southsea seafront and, below, one of the tickets for an event at the Rock Garden(s)

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Southsea seafront historian Jackie Baynes takes us back to what looks like the 1920s with this evocative picture.

She is seeking readers’ help about the building which at this time was known as the Corporation Tea Room, but which was known later as the Castle Tea Room.

jpns-03-03-15-032 rw event posters''From: David Baynes <baynes.david@btinternet.com>'Date: 1 March 2015 at 13:17'Subject: Fw: Southsea Rock Garden Pavilion Events.'To: Chris Owen <chris.owen@thenews.co.uk>'''Dear Chris,' 'I attach images of three tickets for events held in the Rock Garden Pavilion during the 1960s and 70s.'They were sent to me by a lady who was in the audience at one of my recent talks about the Rock Gardens.' 'I still continue to research the story of the Gardens and the seafront in general prior to WWII. Postcards found recently show that the Rock Gardens once extended much further west, around the 'Castle Tea House' (subject of my earlier email to you) and almost as far as where the D-Day Museum now is.' 'Best wishes,'Jackie.' '02392 831 461.

jpns-03-03-15-032 rw event posters''From: David Baynes <baynes.david@btinternet.com>'Date: 1 March 2015 at 13:17'Subject: Fw: Southsea Rock Garden Pavilion Events.'To: Chris Owen <chris.owen@thenews.co.uk>'''Dear Chris,' 'I attach images of three tickets for events held in the Rock Garden Pavilion during the 1960s and 70s.'They were sent to me by a lady who was in the audience at one of my recent talks about the Rock Gardens.' 'I still continue to research the story of the Gardens and the seafront in general prior to WWII. Postcards found recently show that the Rock Gardens once extended much further west, around the 'Castle Tea House' (subject of my earlier email to you) and almost as far as where the D-Day Museum now is.' 'Best wishes,'Jackie.' '02392 831 461.

With magnification the words ‘Use AGFA for roll film’ can be made out on the sponsored awning.

Also note the sporty open-top car parked to the right – engine perhaps still warm after the owner had ‘motored down’ from London to enjoy the delights of Southsea.

Jackie says: ‘I would like to know whether anyone remembers when the Tea House was built and subsequently demolished.

‘My researches have not produced any dates.

My researches have not produced any dates

Jackie Baynes

‘A map in the Southsea & City of Portsmouth Official Guide for 1939 marks it as the ‘The Castle Tea House’, directly opposite the bandstand, now inside the skate park.’

Jackie has also sent me these three tickets for events held at the Rock Gardens Pavilion in the 1960s and ’70s.

They were sent to her by a woman who was in the audience for one of her recent talks about the history of the Rock Gardens which Jackie is continuing to research.