22 stunning photos charting the history of Portsmouth's Eastern Road

Many interesting events have happened on Eastern road over the years.

Wednesday, 1st July 2020, 6:20 pm
Updated Wednesday, 1st July 2020, 6:21 pm
Eastern Road speed trials in the summer of 1936. The News PP5268
Eastern Road speed trials in the summer of 1936. The News PP5268

Construction of the main road took place in the 1920’s and in 1930 work was started on Portsmouth Airport – the site was eventually redeveloped as Anchorage Park.

On August 15 1967, there were two crashes involving aircraft returning from Jersey; both planes were unable to stop on the wet grass runway.

The first crashed into the airport fence near the road, with no major injuries. The second, also unable to stop, ended up on the Eastern Road.

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Construction works from local businesses on Eastern Road in 1938. The News PP4200

The Tour de France came through Portsmouth for Stage 5 of the race and made its way up the Eastern Road in 1994.

Part of it was also used as a car racing track in the early years. It took around 20 years to build and opened on May 6, 1942.

An area of construction on Eastern Road in 1938. The News PP4203
The crane carries giant buckets of cement for the builders to use for foundations on Eastern Road in 1938. The News PP5280
Riders in the 1994 Tour de France return to Portsmouth heading south down Eastern Road
Eastern Road, Portsmouth in 1938. The News PP4225
Workers at the de Haviland factory, Eastern Road, Portsmouth, Christmas 1951.
An aerial view of Eastern Road before the construction works, 1936. The News PP4204
Construction cranes on the site on Eastern Road, Portsmouth 1938. The News PP4226
The Eastern Road construction site with the bridge in the foreground in 1938. The News PP4227
The construction of the sea defences on Eastern Road in 1938. The News PP4228
The new Hanlon ambulance that is equipped for 'front line' emergencies, such as motor-way crashes, that has been delivered to Portsmouth and is stationed at the Eastern Road Ambulance Station in 1976. The News PP4416
An area of construction on Eastern Road in 1938. The News PP5281
The old Airspeed factory on what is now the Airport Industrial Estate off Eastern Road, Portsmouth.
Speed trials on Eastern Road, Portsmouth, 1936
An old aerial of the Eastern Road, showing flats and houses.
Firefighters at the scene. The Channel Airways aeroplane which ploughed off Portsmouth Airport's grass runway and ended up on Eastern Road in August 1967. No-one was injured.
Businessmen walking across the construction site on Eastern Road in 1938. The News PP5297
City officials walking the newly ‘completed' Eastern Road.
The Eastern Road only ran as far as the airport until it was extended and opened for its full length in 1942.
Channel Islander aeroplane close to the Eastern Road. This was the end result when a Channel Islands flight skidded off the grass runway on to the Eastern Road.
Beached at Kendall’s Wharf along the Eastern Road is the hulk ’Vebrina' in the 1960's.
Eastern Road speed trials in the summer of 1936. The News PP5268