Yes, there was a pub on the corner of every street in the south of Portsmouth

THEN The junction of Station Street and Commercial Road in December 1973
THEN The junction of Station Street and Commercial Road in December 1973

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There was a time, it is said, when there was a pub on every corner on Portsea Island.

A slight exaggeration perhaps for the north of the city, but if you drew a line east to west from St Mary’s Road along Lake Road and down Queen Street, then for anywhere south of that line it might have been true.

NOW The same view today

NOW The same view today

Here’s a point that proves it for we are looking at the junction of Station Street and Commercial Road.

It is December 1973 and we have four places to have a drink within 50 yards.

To the left is The Criterion, then the Claremont Hotel. Crossing Station Street we have Judd’s railway hotel and then a restaurant, a fancy goods shop and another pub, the Lennox Arms.

To the left of The Criterion was a tobacconist and then another pub, The Albany.

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