Victoria Pier

Opening of the new school by the home secretary in October 1927. The headmaster, Canon Barton, is on the lowest step, on the left. Dorothea Barton is possibly there, somewhere. (PGS Archive)

NOSTALGIA: A red bluestocking at Portsmouth Grammar School

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On this day in 1842 Victoria Pier, in what is now Old Portsmouth, was opened and named after the Queen who was crowned five years earlier.

Steamers entering and leaving Portsmouth Harbour picked up and dropped off passengers there and two waiting rooms were provided nearby.

To celebrate the opening, about 30 shareholders of the pier company dined at the George Inn and enjoyed ‘dinner and wines of the first quality’ – from John Sadden’s The Portsmouth Book of Days.