Today we’re looking at the naval barracks of what is now HMS Nelson in Queen Street, Portsmouth.
In the two main shots we can see the barracks from back at the beginning of the last century and a much more recent picture.
The postcard photo (right) was taken in 1904 not that long after the barracks opened for service on September 30, 1903.
All the buildings behind the gates have now been demolished and the gate itself stands on its own enabling modern transport to enter by a new set of gates to the rear of the original.
When the battleship HMS Nelson was decommissioned in February 1948 she was used as a target ship for aerial bombing exercises before being scrapped during March 1949 at Inverkeithing, Scotland.
The HMS Victory barracks then changed its name to HMS Nelson I suppose to stop all the confusion with Nelson’s HMS Victory which was still at anchor in the harbour when the barracks originally opened. The address in the early days was HMS Victory (Ship) or HMS Victory (RNB).