37 throwback photos of Portsdown Hill from over the years

Take a trip down memory lane and see how much Portsdown Hill has changed.

Thursday, 25th June 2020, 11:26 am
Updated Thursday, 25th June 2020, 11:28 am
The garage on the top of Portsdown Hill in the 1920's or 1930's. Picture: Paul Costen collection
The garage on the top of Portsdown Hill in the 1920's or 1930's. Picture: Paul Costen collection

There are so many interesting images from the past in this selection that they will keep you enthralled for quite some time.

The images that feature date as far back to around the turn of the century.

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Girls from ASWE on Portsdown Hill, celebrating the silver wedding of Phyllis Chambers, front centre.

It’s incredible to see the fairground and even oil drilling that went on there.

Look through the gallery below.

The beacon placed on top of Portsdown Hill, to commemorate the 400th anniversary of the defeat of the Spanish Armarda, 1988. The News PP5531
On the summit of Portsdown Hill outside the George pub a car from Horndean is about to descend to Cosham.
Portsdown Hill from London Road, Cosham. Pictire: Paul Costen collection
A children's party in the theatre at ASWE on Portsdown Hill.
The Portsdown and Horndean Light Railway at the top of Portsdown Hill. Picture: Paul Costen collection
Housebuilding at Wymering. The start of housebuilding on the slopes of Portsdown Hill
The George pub at the top of Portsdown Hill.
Drilling for oil on Portsdown Hill, Portsmouth, in 1936. Picture: Paul Costen collection
Hovering over Portsdown Hill 1919, with very few high structures on Portsea Island. The News archive
The Crows Nest Garage on Portsdown Hill.
The garage on the top of Portsdown Hill in the 1920's or 1930's. Picture: Paul Costern collection
The fairground on the slopes of Portsdown Hill 1930. It was located to the west of the old A3.
The fair that was held on Portsdown Hill, with a packed carousel and boat swings.
Pupils from Cottage Homes School on Portsdown Hill on their way home for lunch in 1944.
Portsdown Hill crowded on a bank holiday in the 1910's. The News PP5633
A convoy of motorcyclists amke their way towards Southampton Guildhall from Portsdown Hill on July 16 1994. The News PP3769
King George VI leaving one of the tunnels under Portsdown Hill after inspection.
Portsdown Hill Fair. Picture: Paul Costen collection
Harry and Dolly Payne in their Messerschmitt bubble car somewhere on the slopes of Portsdown Hill, Portsmouth, about 1957.
Portsdown Hill crowded on a bank holiday in the 1910's. The News PP5633
A convoy of motorcyclists make their way towards Southampton Guildhall from Portsdown Hill on July 16 1994. The News PP3769
View looking north through Hilsea Arches to Cosham, with a tram under the arches, circa 1900. These arches pierced the Hilsea Lines, and were erected in the 1860's to protect Portsmouth from attack, replacing the old defences around the old town. Along the top of the hill (Portsdown) seen in the background a line of forts were erected, later known as 'Palmerston's Follies', one of which became the ARP control centre for Portsmouth during World War II. Hilsea Arches were demolished about 1920. (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images)
The Lord Mayor Alex Bentley unveils a plaque in memory of former Councillor Peter Ashley at Fort Purbrook, Portsdown Hill in 1994. The News PP5727
The motorbike convoy riding from Portsdown Hill in July 1994. The News PP3770
The chalk cliff, Portsdown Hill, Paulsgrove in 1971. The News PP5049
Mayor of Winchester, Mayor of Fareham, Lord Mayor of Portsmouth with children of Copnor and Hilsea get under way with planting 1000 trees on the slopes of Portsdown Hill, 1993. The News PP5095
Looking towards Hulbert Road from the foot of Portsdown Hill Road, Bedhampton, 1932. The News PP4222
Oil boring at Portsdown Hill which ended in February 1937. The News PP5286
Crowds on Portsdown Hill for VE Day beacon lighting in 1995. The News PP4284
The George pub, Cosham, with a view of Portsdown Hill in 1910. The News PP5632
Cosham, now Northern Road, looking north to Portsdown Hill, 1910. The News PP5629
A group of people setting off with brooms and buckets to clean up Fort Purbrook, at the top of Portsdown Hill in, Purbrook, Hampshire, 27th April 1937. (Photo by E. Phillips/Fox Photos/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)
Workers prepare to drill for oil in Hampshire on Portsdown Hill around 1950. (Photo by Keystone/Getty Images)
25th March 1936: A giant hook used to hold one of the huge oil drills at the oil field, overlooking Portsea Island on Portsdown Hill. (Photo by E. Phillips/Fox Photos/Getty Images)
These prefabricated homes were constructed on the slopes of Portsdown Hill, the first opened in July 1945.