When Portsmouth had its own fashionable King’s Road

Looking east along Kings Road pre 1941 blitz  of course. ( From Ron Brown's  Portsmouth Emporium.)
Looking east along Kings Road pre 1941 blitz of course. ( From Ron Brown's Portsmouth Emporium.)
The telegram received by William Halls mother  still upsetting to read 78 years on.

NOSTALGIA WITH BOB HIND: Curse of the telegram: Dear Mrs Hall – your son is dead

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Here we see a view looking east along King’s Road, Southsea, long before the blitz razed the area.

On the right and left are shops belonging to the John Dyer emporium.

Today. You would not believe that this is the same location as the above photograph. The road was widened to twice its  original width and flats built in the 1950s.

Today. You would not believe that this is the same location as the above photograph. The road was widened to twice its original width and flats built in the 1950s.

His slogan was A Day Well Spent, Brings a Deal of Content and his King’s Road stores covered 100,000sq ft.

Starting as a drapery shop, the firm went into home furnishings and even into the undertaking business.

Sadly the whole lot fell to Hitler’s bombers on January 10, 1941.

In the distance is, I believe, the spire of Elm Grove Church (but stand to be corrected) which was also lost in the raid.

Just beyond that would have been Bush House where Arthur Conan Doyle gave birth to Sherlock Holmes.

I know it is 74 years ago now, but if there are any readers who can remember this view and Dyers as well, I would very much like to talk to you.