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NOSTALGIA: Working heart of Portsmouth before it became gentrified

The picture above appears in my colleague Bob Hind’s latest book Portsmouth In Transition.

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Florence Hart, of Jessie Road, Southsea,  with her son at the time of the historic act of parliament which  gave  some women the right to vote.

NOSTALGIA: At last: women win the right to vote – well, only some of them

As you may be aware, next month marks the 100th anniversary of women being given the vote. But perhaps you, like regular contributor Simon Hart, thought all women were given the vote in 1918 through the Representation of the People Act which received Royal Assent on February 6, 1918.

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Is there anyone who can work out which track this tram is on?

NOSTALGIA: Can you solve this Portsmouth tram poser?

My colleague Bob Hind and his co-author Barry Cox are writing a book about the trams that travelled over Portsdown Hill to Horndean.

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Close second: Staredown by Dominic Vacher

PICTURE GALLERY: Love the South Downs? You’ll love these...

Apart from the Solent, the Portsmouth area is lucky enough to also have two world-famous land-based playgrounds in its back yard.

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The Hilsea Lido miniature railway with the station hut on the left.

NOSTALGIA: Popular Portsmouth mini railway scrapped after five years

Hot on the heels of my appeal for pictures of the miniature railway which once ran at Hilsea Lido, these arrived.

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NOSTALGIA: Sunday afternoon in the park on Portsmouth’s northern ‘seafront’

Hilsea Lido and its associated landscaped pleasure gardens of old, always strike a chord with many of you.

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Car number 18 picks up a passenger in ??????

NOSTALGIA: Friday fun – can you identify the road in which we see this tram?

All these pictures of trams and a trolleybus on Portsmouth streets were sent to me by a reader who failed to identify him or herself. But whoever you are, thank you.

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Hilsea Lido 'lagoon'.             Picture: costen.co.uk

NOSTALGIA: Dirty corner of Hilsea transformed by engineers and a hint of Venice

Hilsea historian Jane Smith was delighted to see this picture earlier this week of the lido and has answered my question about why, where and what was the ‘lagoon’ exactly.

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The Edwardian picture of London Road, Waterlooville, taken from near where the Sacred Heart Church is today.

NOSTALGIA: Reader comes up trumps with site of Waterlooville tram photograph

It seems bizarre today to see pedestrians wandering down the middle of this road and a horse and cart gently easing their way up the slope – all without a care in the world.

Perhaps those on foot had just alighted from the tram?

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The cast of The Kings Theatre's pantomime, Snow White, on press launch day. Picture: Malcolm Wells.

What’s on from Friday, December 15 to Wednesday, December 20, 2017

What’s on in the week ahead

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Wimborne Road athletics team, 1951/52.

NOSTALGIA: Portsmouth teacher who was admired because HE HAD A CAR!

Wimborne Junior and Infants Schools at Southsea have spent much of the past year celebrating their centenary.

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The cast of Snow White which can now be seen at the Kings Theatre, Southsea

Six things to do in the next 48 hours: December 12 and 13

Your quick guide to what’s on in the Portsmouth area

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A steam car at Bishops Waltham station about 1910. It was the terminus of the 4.5-mile branch line that connected it to the main line at Botley. It closed to passengers in January 1933.

NOSTALGIA: Hampshire’s long lost branch lines

We’ve all done it. Sat fuming in the latest snarl-up on the roads around south-east Hampshire wondering why on earth we vandalised our railways.

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David Janess May 1964 picture of the tiny post office  opposite Tracys in Commercial Road, Portsmouth.

NOSTALGIA: Tiny Portsmouth post office carried on trading

Devotees of these pages might remember a series of pictures I published in October taken by the then 14-year-old Barry Lovett.

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Michael Boyness painting of the Type 12 frigate  HMS Lowestoft  which he presented to Richie Farman who organised the ships annual reunion.

NOSTALGIA: Pickle Night was theme for the annual HMS Lowestoft reunion

Artist Michael Boynes has enjoyed the debate on these pages about the origins (or not!) of the Royal Navy’s Pickle Nights held on or close to October 21, Trafalgar Day.

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Pan Parade Steel Band entertaining shoppers in Commercial Road, Portsmouth. Picture: Keith Woodland PPP-171119-160221006

Caribbean calypso quells Christmas shopping blues in Portsmouth

A GROUP of youngsters brought a touch of Caribbean sunshine to drab, November Portsmouth, in a bid to raise cash.

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It would take  someone of the age of 55-plus to remember this scene along Commercial Road at the junction of Church Street.

NOSTALGIA: A Portsmouth scene unrecognisable today: Commercial Road in its pomp

I’ve been giving you a taste of my colleague Bob Hind’s new book Portsmouth in Transition and if there was ever a transition the two photographs below prove it. The comparison between the two is astonishing.

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Opening of the new school by the home secretary in October 1927. The headmaster, Canon Barton, is on the lowest step, on the left. Dorothea Barton is possibly there, somewhere. (PGS Archive)

NOSTALGIA: A red bluestocking at Portsmouth Grammar School

The announcement of the appointment of the first female head of Portsmouth Grammar School, Dr Anne Cotton, has prompted the school’s archivist, JOHN SADDEN, to share some of his research on the school’s first female teacher.

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A busy newsroom  - one of the most invigorating places in which you'll ever work

Breaking news: would you like to become a journalist?

Have you always dreamed of being a journalist? Reporting the news that can make a real difference in your community?

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The junction of London Road, North End, and Gladys Avenue, 1976.

NOSTALGIA: Another one bites the dust: do you remember Rumbelows?

Today a final look at a couple of the photographs from News columnist Bob Hind’s new book Portsmouth in Transition.

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