When you could park for nothing in the centre of Portsmouth

Arundel Street, February 1975
Arundel Street, February 1975

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Here is one of Portsmouth’s most famous roads in the days when it was a main route into the city centre.

We are, of course, facing down Arundel Street, Landport, before traffic was banned.

Looking back towards Commercial Road from Arundel Street while it was being pedestrianised in 1977

Looking back towards Commercial Road from Arundel Street while it was being pedestrianised in 1977

And look at the number of people thronging the pavements.

You could be forgiven for thinking this picture was taken shortly before Christmas or duing the January sales.

But no, Philip Pyke, of Westwood Road, Hilsea, Portsmouth, says he took it in February 1975.

This was the time when, not only was it a key route into the city but also ‘you could even park for free at the kerbside’.

Did pedestrianisation kill Arundel Street as a place to shop?

Did pedestrianisation kill Arundel Street as a place to shop?

He took the other pictures here two years later when Arundel Street was being pedestrianised.

Philip says: ‘Sadly, Landport’s department store, John Perring furniture shop, the Richmond Grill, Ambassador Bowling, the Mecca dance hall, Weston Hart record shop and John Collier (‘The Window to Watch’) clothes shop are all long gone.

‘But still hanging on after all these years is U-Need-Us, the joke and novelty shop.

‘Good for them!’ he adds.