Walking with Churchill’s wife – but where are they?

The Lady Mayoress Lady Daley walks with Clementine Churchill in bomb-ravaged Portsmouth on January 31, 1941. But where were they stood?
The Lady Mayoress Lady Daley walks with Clementine Churchill in bomb-ravaged Portsmouth on January 31, 1941. But where were they stood?
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On a cold January day, two ladies wrapped in coats and furs take a stroll along a street in Portsmouth.

But while this sounds like nothing out of the ordinary, the photograph to the right says otherwise.

This is a shot from Smitten City, written in 1945 about Ports-mouth during the blitz.

Taken on January 31, 1941, it depicts Winston Churchill’s wife Clementine (right) walking with the Lady Mayoress, Lady Daley, through the bomb-ravaged streets of the city.

Out of the frame Mrs Churchill is wearing functional wartime boots – but perhaps not the best match to her fur coat and gloves.

The question is – where was this photograph taken?

There is a cellar light below their feet but the destruction behind them could be anywhere at the time.

If anyone has the faintest idea where they might be I would like to know, so please get in contact.