Amazing aerial photos show how Portsmouth's landscape has changed in 60 years

A book has laid bare how Portsmouth has changed in the last few decades.

Wednesday, 10th July 2019, 5:38 pm
IN PICTURES: Chris Brunnen Portsmouth an Aerial Tour Through Time

Chris Brunnen’s book Portsmouth; an Aerial Tour Through Time, features aerial shots of Portsmouth over 60 years, taken from a helicopter. To find out more about Chris’s book, visit

Part of Queen Alexandra Hospital under construction in 2006. Picture: Chris Brunnen
Queen Alexandra Hospital in 1991. The Cosham Heights housing estate can be seen in the background. Picture: Chris Brunnen

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Some grand buildings of the original Military Hospital can be seen in this 1960's image. The chalk on the right is groundworks in preparation for the building of Portsdown Park. Picture: Chris Brunnen
Queen Alexandra Hospital continues to evolve, with the major expansion nearing completion in 2008. Picture: Chris Brunnen
The Somerstown Community Hub after its construction in 2014. Picture: Chris Brunnen
Middle Street in 1971, pre-Winston Churchull Avenue but with Leamington House and Horatia House that were completed in 1965. Picture: Chris Brunnen
Fratton Park in 2010. Picture: Chris Brunnen
A maintenance depot remains but the rest of the sidings have been removed, and the area redeveloped as The Pompey Centre. Tesco Extra, B&Q warehouse, a hotel, fast food outlets and an apartment building can now be seen in 2017.
A 1973 photo showing just how big the railway sidings were at Fratton Goods Yard. Picture: Chris Brunnen
A photo taken in the early 1950's of what is now Lakeside North Harbour. Picture: Chris Brunnen
A 2006 image of Lakeside North Harbour. Work started in 1971 to reclaim land for the UK headquarters of IBM. The development is now called Lakeside. Picture: Chris Brunnen
The northlights roofs of the Canda (C&A) factory and the Gordon Motors garage - now Hendy Ford - are the only things that give away the fact that these two photographs are of the same place. Image taken in 1955.
50 years later in this photograph, taken in 2006, there is now a Tesco Extra supermarket, two hotels, an office development and a motorway encircling the landfill site. Picture: Chris Brunnen
The photo features Royal Yacht in Portsmouth, on the left edge, shows HMS Victorious in 'D' lock where it was refitted during the 1950's. In the background is the enormous floating dock AFD11. Picture: Chris Brunnen
HMS Illustrious in the foreground of this very similar view from 2012. Picture: Chris Brunnen
This picture clearly shows the dockyard railway branch line, which was closed in 1977, veering off to the right behind the Post Office. Picture: Chris Brunnen
The Guildhall taken some 50 years later in 2010. Picture: Chris Brunnen