I know from your e-mails how much many of you enjoy the aerial photographs I have been putting in this page in recent months, so here is another… this time looking down on the city centre north of the Guildhall a few years after the end of the Second World War.
Here’s a sunny 1950s’ day in Waverley Road, Southsea. We know it was fine because of the sun’s glare on the side of the bus. Anyone of a certain age will remember the style of dresses these girls are wearing and date it to the ’50s.
This is an aerial view of Cosham between the High Street and Northern Road in 1938. At the very bottom can be seen where the trams circulated and between the level crossing of the High Street and the railway bridge of Northern Road is the iron tramway bridge that was used to take the Portsdown & Horndean Light Railway trams to Horndean.
The term ‘floating crane’ has always seemed odd to me. How can a crane float and lift at the same time? Suppose the lift was too heavy, would the crane sink? Of course not, for the engineers knew what they were doing.
It has been many years since a King visited Portsmouth. In days past, before fast roads, helicopters and aircraft many members of the royal family were seen in the city as they all used to arrive by train.
How about this for a victory photograph taken in Gosport at the end of the Second World War? I can just imagine some hard sergeant-major screaming at these German prisoners of war as they march through the streets of Gosport.