22 striking photos show what Palmerston Road looked like up to 150 years ago

This set of stunning old photos show what Southsea’s Palmerston Road was like up to 150 years ago.

Tuesday, 12th May 2020, 4:57 pm
Updated Tuesday, 12th May 2020, 4:57 pm
Palmerston Road in the 1930's. The News PP981
Palmerston Road in the 1930's. The News PP981

Before the big chains moved in, independent family-run shops were a common sight and trams were more likely to be seen than cars and buses on the surrounding streets.

We have had a look through our archive to find these rarely-seen photos of the street from over the years. Some of the photos date back to the 19th century – as far as 1870.

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The junction of Osborne Road and Palmerston Road, Southsea (undated). The News PP976
Sent into us by Malcolm Castleton of Milton, we see his late father Lawrence, who was a driver for the John Lewis partnership and their shop in Palmerston Road, Southsea called Knight & lee at the time
Palmerston Road. Most of what you see in this photo was swept away during World War Two, but in the top left hand corner can be seen the steeple of St Jude's Church in Kent Road. This is a view from Osbourne Road, looking north up Palmerston Road, Southsea with Handley's store to the left of the photograph.
Winston Churchill and The Lord Mayor of Portsmouth Councillor Dennis Daley touring the Palmerston Road area of Southsea after the blitz of January 1941
Handley's Corner, Palmerston Road during the Blitz
The Queen at Palmerston Road
A very old image indeed. The junction of Osborne/Clarendon and Palmerston Roads circa 1870.
Palmerston Road, Southsea, about 1925.
Cowboys and Indians come to town. August 1903 and Buffalo Bill Cody arrived in Portsmouth with his 'Wild West Show". Here they are parading south down Palmerston Road, Southsea.
Palmerston Road, Southsea, probably before the First World War but.
Palmerston Road, Southsea, about 1928.
Palmerston Road looking north in the early 1900's.
Palmerston Road, Southsea, 1909.
The crossroads. Looking north from Osborne Road/Palmerston Road crossroads in pre-war Southsea. Smart cars on the left, outside Handley’s.
Inside the luxurious Cafe' Royal restaurant. An advert from early last century showing hotels in Southsea and the Cafe’ Royal in Palmerston Road. As can be seen, a luncheon went up from 1/6 to 3/6 ( 8p to 18p) and dinner from 3/6 to 5/- (18p to 25p)
Edwardian Palmerston Road. All of what you see was destroyed in the blitz of January 10, 1941. The road has just be cleaned by a water cart.
Snow covered Handley’s Corner. Looking north along Palmerston Road from the junction with Osborne Road
The original Knight and Lee store opened in 1887 on the corner of Palmerston Road and Stanley Lane by Mr Jesse Knight and Mr Herbert Soden Lee.
Staff from the Milwards shoe shop in Palmerston Road, Southsea.
The Mikado Cafe, Palmerston Road, Southsea. The interior of the largest cafe along the south coast.
Palmerston Road, Southsea late 1950's.