Tudor Crescent, Highbury

Tudor Crescent
Tudor Crescent
Passchendaele. Picture: Imperial War Museum

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Here is a photo almost impossible to retake. It is of houses in Tudor Crescent in Highbury. Where the water flowed freely between Portsea Island and the mainland and boats swayed in the tide there is now the six-lane M27 motorway.

Yes, for all those born since 1970, this is what you missed and what traffic did to the once genteel area south of Cosham.

We had to have better roads of course – imagine modern-day traffic using the old A27 through Cosham on its way to Southampton. But what it destroyed can never be replaced.

Fort Widley can just be seen in the distance, keeping its guard on the city.