Drone records dramatic changes to Old Portsmouth | Nostalgia

I must thank Paul Costen for the modern view looking over Old Portsmouth as he is a licensed drone user.In the black and white photograph we are looking over the power station in Gunwharf Road with the Anglican cathedral in the bottom right corner.

Wednesday, 12th February 2020, 5:01 pm
Updated Wednesday, 12th February 2020, 5:02 pm
Old Portsmouth and the city's power station circa 1950. Picture: Mike Nolan collection
Old Portsmouth and the city's power station circa 1950. Picture: Mike Nolan collection

As can be seen in the 1950 photograph much damage from the blitz still remains. Much of St Thomas’s Street is a bomb site.

Oyster Street ran through to White Hart Road but has since been built over.

In the Camber there are barges, colliers and fishing boats.

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NOW: The same area today. Picture: Paul Costen

The sea lock where the coal for the power station came through can also be made out.

The modern picture is not squared up to the original but the site of the power station is now built on with Armoury Lane covering the site.

The cathedral has since had an extension added and the remains of all the houses that once stood in front of it have been taken down and the area grassed over. The buildings along White Hart lane have all been replaced with housing.

The former sea lock is now a car park for the Isle of Wight car ferry.