When Cosham had the feel of a calm, rural backwater

Looking down Cosham High Street, about 1900
Looking down Cosham High Street, about 1900
You might struggle with this scene but it is in fact looking across Waite Street, Cosham. The tram is heading for Spur Road.  Picture: Barry Cox Collection

NOSTALGIA: When trams ran through the fire station’s offices at Cosham

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Two sets of ‘then and now’ pictures today from the times when Cosham was little more than a large village on the northern outskirts of Portsmouth.

All four pictures were sent to me by George Midgley.

The same view today down High Street, Cosham

The same view today down High Street, Cosham

The top two look south down High Street and, it may just be me, but doesn’t the older photograph make the place seem so much more interesting?

There were lots of small independent shops, quite enough to make a shopping trip into the heart of Portsmouth a rare event.

In the second set of George’s pictures we have moved south and turned around to look north up High Street with the ridge of Portsdown Hill in the distance.

There is even more of a village feel about this one.

Looking north up High Street, Cosham, about 1900

Looking north up High Street, Cosham, about 1900

The Ship pub will bring back memories for many readers.

Both pictures are thought to have been taken about 1900.

The same view north up High Street, Cosham, today

The same view north up High Street, Cosham, today