Picture special - Portsmouth in the 1950s | Nostalgia

A collection of pictures looking back at the Portsmouth area of seven decades ago.

Monday, 14th December 2020, 3:12 pm
HMS Victorious leaves Portsmouth Harbour some time after 1950.
HMS Victorious leaves Portsmouth Harbour some time after 1950.

See how life has changed, with photos ranging from Miss Southsea contests to drilling for oil on Portsdown Hill.

To the whole collection click here.

A message from the editor, Mark Waldron. You can subscribe here for unlimited access to Portsmouth news online - as well as fewer adverts, access to our digital edition and mobile app. Our trial offer starts at just £2 a month for the first two months.

Sign up to our daily newsletter

The i newsletter cut through the noise

London Road, North End circa 1950. The epitome of a high street with dozens of individual shops. Picture: Barry Cox collection
Beauty contests were extremely popular in the 1950s and 1960s. This Miss Southsea contest was on South Parade Pier. The News, Portsmouth 957-5
Workers prepare to drill for oil on Portsdown Hill, circa 1950: Picture: Keystone/Getty Images
Boys of the future navy at HMS Vernon in 1950.