Nostalgic look back at the Portsmouth Mudlarks who dived in the mud for coppers | Retro

The city’s Mudlarks became one of the top attractions in Portsmouth during the 19th and 20th centuries.

Tuesday, 19th October 2021, 4:28 pm
Crowds of spectators look down on Mudlarkers scrabbling for coins in the silt off The Hard at Portsea more than a century ago.
Crowds of spectators look down on Mudlarkers scrabbling for coins in the silt off The Hard at Portsea more than a century ago.

They were famed for scrabbling in the mud at low tide at The Hard in search of pennies thrown by spectators.

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Mudlarks in 1938. Picture: The News PP1358.

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Crowds gathered on The Hard, Portsea, watching mudlarks at work below. Undated. Picture: The News PP868.
A group of boys looking for coppers thrown down by holidaymakers, in the mud at low tide, Portsmouth, circa 1935. Picture: Fox Photos/Hulton Archive/Getty Images.
Mudlarkers at the Hard Portsea.