29 historic photos capture the life and destruction of The Tricorn - the great Portsmouth landmark

It was once voted the ugliest building in Britain, but for many people in Portsmouth the Tricorn was the home of many great memories.

Monday, 23rd September 2019, 11:01 am
The Tricorn

15 years after it was taken down, we’ve had a look back through the archives and found these stunning pictures of the Tricorn as a shopping centre, its car park and then its eventual destruction.

The Tricorn
The old derelict flats above the Tricorn in January 1995

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The packed market in Tricorn
Tricorn Centre, Charlotte Street, soon after it opened in 1966
Queues outside the Mr Clive shop in the Tricorn, 1983
The helter skelter-style ramps leading up to the 400-space car park on top of the Tricorn.
The Tricorn in 1988
The Tricorn's parking area in November 1988
Aerial photo of Portsmouth showing the Tricorn in 1969
The exterior of Portsmouth's Tricorn in 1990
The Tricorn, looking east from the exit ramps at Charlotte Street (seen at right). Picture taken in September 2003.
A bicycle lies broken and discarded underneath the Tricorn in Portsmouth.
The Tricorn shopping centre and car park.
Aerial picture of The Tricorn
Residents watching the demolition of the Tricorn
Gary Rymer (36) at the cab door of the long reach concrete crusher he uses to smash down the Tricorn centre.
Stuart Hamilton, who won the competition to start the demolition, pictured turning the key of the cruncher
Controlled demolition of The Tricorn market floor spiral entry ramp and bridge at Market Way using the giant mechanical machine to crunch and bite through the concreted and steel structure.
Russell Howarth, 47, from Bedhampton, plays The Last Post as demolition workers start to level the Tricorn Centre.
Controlled demolition of The Tricorn market floor spiral entry ramp and bridge at Market Way using the giant mechanical machine to crunch and bite through the concreted and steel structure.
Controlled demolition of The Tricorn market floor spiral entry ramp and bridge at Market Way, Landport, using the giant mechanical machine to crunch and bite through the concreted and steel structure.
The Tricorn during demolition. Picture credit: Matt Scott-Joynt
The grab claw of the long reach concrete crusher used to smash down the Tricorn centre.
The demolition of the central lift shaft of the Tricorn Centre.
The former Tricorn site almost cleared and levelled with gravel to become a temporary huge car park.
The last remaining piece of the former Tricorn was the bridge over the road outside Argos store and was the upper floor fire escape for the building.
Aerial view of the Tricorn
The Tricorn reduced to rubble
The Tricorn