10 things you don’t see in Portsmouth you could a decade ago

What are your fondest memories of Portsmouth from years gone by?

Monday, 4th March 2019, 5:29 pm
Updated Monday, 4th March 2019, 6:35 pm
Things we miss

From closed shops to a huge dinosaur sculpture, Portsmouth’s landscape has changed a lot over the last decade.

You can include HMV and Virgin Records in that list. And the Woolies shops in North End and Southsea. Portsmouth's retail landscape has changed almost beyond recognition in the last 10 years.
It was once one of Portsmouth's most popular entertainment venues - but closed in 2015 because of a slump in the number of people attending shows.

Sign up to our daily newsletter

The i newsletter cut through the noise

The list of Portsmouth pubs and clubs which have closed is almost too long to recite, and for many Guildhall Walk has always been the bustling centre of the city's clubbing scene.
Yes, we know. We're a year out, but for three months in 2010 Southsea had its own 53ft dinosaur sculpture. That's until it burnt down in the middle of the night, with the fire thought to be caused by an electrical fault.
Before the relegations and administrations, Pompey had the likes of Manchester United, Chelsea and Arsenal playing at Fratton Park every season. There was even a FA Cup in 2008 to celebrate!
In 2017 M&S announced it would close its Cascades store, and a year later its Commercial Road branch shut its doors. A major blow to city centre trade.
The prison once housed about 800 Category C prisoners, but closed in 2013 due to spending cuts.
Despite being the home of the Royal Navy, in 2013 BAE Systems announced hundreds of shipbuilding jobs would go in Portsmouth. It bought the curtain down on the centuries-old industry in the city.
Remember the days of grabbing a Big Mac in London Road?
Which former Portsmouth nightclub was your favourite? Scandals was a major hit with clubbers until it was closed a few years ago.