Violent storm tore through Portsmouth

The devastation in Ladies Mile on Southsea Common after the 1987 Great Storm, often referred to as a hurricane
The devastation in Ladies Mile on Southsea Common after the 1987 Great Storm, often referred to as a hurricane
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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In 1987 southern England experienced some of the most severe weather conditions of the past century.

Although forecasters predicted high winds, they underestimated the violence of the storm that visited Portsmouth on October 16.

Winds in excess of 100mph caused damage to many properties and trees, especially along Ladies Mile on Southsea Common.