10 sublime pictures of historic clock tower that has watched over Southsea for over 100 years
The Ernest Smith Clock Tower was built in 1903, but with its Tudor-style look it is easy to think that the clock could have been there for hundreds of years.
Its name comes from its first landlord, Ernest Smith, who was a cabinet maker. The building’s use has differed over time – it was one of the south coast’s first car showrooms and has been a hairdressers more recently.
These photos date back as far as 1905, and give a eye-opening glimpse of how Southsea has changed.
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