Wander through a Havant street of great change

West Street, Havant, how it used to look.
West Street, Havant, how it used to look.

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Streets across the city can experience changes on a regular basis. However it is not until you look at past and present pictures that you realise how great the change is.

In the top and bottom right pictures you can see the great changes that have occurred in West Street, Havant, since the turn of the last century.

Pic/ Now. West Street today. The former buildings on the left have been demolished and the modern buildings set back. PPP-140808-114012001

Pic/ Now. West Street today. The former buildings on the left have been demolished and the modern buildings set back. PPP-140808-114012001

In the top photograph we see an Edwardian lady window shopping and to the right a gentlemen in boaters is taking a stroll.

In the distance you can see the White Hart pub and the Bear Hotel that are a few of the original buildings left standing.

In the lower picture we see the buildings to the left have been demolished and the former road set back to widen the now, pedestrianised street.

To take the bottom right photograph, I had to stand slightly more to the left to ensure that I got the building with the triangular roof top in the picture.

Pic/ A vista Keith would no doubt have known well, The Queen Mary passing in front of Ryde in the 1960s. PPP-140808-114002001

Pic/ A vista Keith would no doubt have known well, The Queen Mary passing in front of Ryde in the 1960s. PPP-140808-114002001

As you may have read, Keith Newbery the former reporter, editor and columnist for the News and executive of several other local provincial newspapers died last week.

I only met him a couple of times but my late father Jack often spoke with him when he had a news stand at the Harbour Station.

In memory of Keith and his beloved Isle of Wight here are a couple of photographs that Keith would have had memories of.

They are taken from Roger George Clark’s Perfect England: The Isle of Wight in the 1960s.

Pic/ Another view Keith would know well. The church and thatched cottages, Godshill. PPP-140808-113951001

Pic/ Another view Keith would know well. The church and thatched cottages, Godshill. PPP-140808-113951001

The bottom left picture is perhaps, one of the most famous views on the island, the cottages and church at Godshill.

The picture on the far right is known to many and no doubt to Keith as he lived at Ryde for many years.

It displays the Queen Mary passing through the Solent en-route from Southampton to New York.