Classic cinema in Commercial Road, opposite Arundel Street junction and the lowering a 10-inch main pipe by Portsmouth Water Company in the foreground.

47 rarely-seen photos showing the never-ending transformation of Portsmouth's Commercial Road

Many places in Portsmouth have undergone a massive transformation over the years, but perhaps none more so than Commercial Road.

Friday, 9th October 2020, 6:29 pm

Portsmouth’s teeming thoroughfare is the city’s main shopping precinct and is now home to many of the UK’s biggest retail brands.

While the retail sector is unrecognisable from decades ago, Commercial Road has always been the hustle and bustle of the city centre in Portsmouth – as shown by these rare photos below.

We’ve had a look back through the archives to find some of our favourite photos from 1906 to the 1960’s.

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