Top-hatted Portsmouth cyclist with a bike slung over his shoulder

MIND THOSE TRAMLINES A trick cyclist with another bike on his back adds even more colour to Broad Street, Old Portsmouth

MIND THOSE TRAMLINES A trick cyclist with another bike on his back adds even more colour to Broad Street, Old Portsmouth

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An unusual shot of Broad Street, Old Portsmouth here (love the spelling of the city’s name).

It was posted on the Portsmouth Nostalgia: Pictures from the Past Facebook page by Stephanie Sutton who was not sure of the year.

NOT LONDON Old Guildhall Square, Portsmouth, in all its sparkling glory

NOT LONDON Old Guildhall Square, Portsmouth, in all its sparkling glory

Stephen Pomeroy dated it to after 1901 and before 1914 – electric trams were introduced in 1901 and the school on the right closed, he says, in 1914.

Mark Chadwick’s eagle eyes spotted a paddle steamer at the end of the road and adds: ‘If you look closely, the bloke on the bike is carrying another bike over his shoulder which has a sort of tail attached to it. The cyclist also seems to be wearing a top hat.’

And immediately below is a smashing colour picture of the old Guildhall Square in all its glory, possibly in the early 1960s. I love this shot because it makes the area look more like one of the grander parts of London.

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