Underneath the ar(t)ches paintings go up for sale

A postcard from the 1970s showing four of the historic arches being used to sell local artists work
A postcard from the 1970s showing four of the historic arches being used to sell local artists work

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The long-awaited conversion of the arches in Broad Street, Old Portsmouth, into 13 art and craft studios and a deli-style cafe, is now complete and has opened as the Hotwalls Studios and The Canteen.

Three postcard images here show the scheduled monument as it was before the conversion. They were sent to me by Old Portsmouth resident Jackie Baynes.

The Round Tower postcard posted in 1947 complete with seaplane. Can you identify it?

The Round Tower postcard posted in 1947 complete with seaplane. Can you identify it?

The Dixon card from the early 1970s shows four of the arches in use by local painters to display and sell their works on summer Sundays.

The other Dixon card, dated 1975, shows the Round Tower with, on the left, a brick arch which is now the kitchen window of the cafe. The tower was built between 1415 and 1422 to beef-up the fortifications.

The M&L sepia card, posted in 1947, shows the seaward side of the Round Tower with, on the right, the building that The Canteen now occupies. Anyone recognise the aircraft?

The low flat-roofed building with the window was the searchlight room in the Second World War and now forms the way out on to the al fresco eating deck, which was once the searchlight platform.

The Round Tower in 1975. The brick arch on the left is now the new caf�s kitchen window

The Round Tower in 1975. The brick arch on the left is now the new caf�s kitchen window

Beware seaspray if you are sitting there when the tide is high.

NOTHING NEW Bert and Dorry Hedger with paintings on the Hot Walls, Old Portsmouth, 1964.

NOTHING NEW Bert and Dorry Hedger with paintings on the Hot Walls, Old Portsmouth, 1964.