The historic trams which were the hustle and bustle of Portsmouth streets

Here’s an interesting selection of the main transport at the time in Portsmouth.

Wednesday, 29th April 2020, 7:00 am
Guildhall Square, Portsmouth, 1935. At the Sussex Hotel.
Guildhall Square, Portsmouth, 1935. At the Sussex Hotel.

Whether it be horse-drawn or the electric trams, we know you’ll love taking a look through these really old images from around our area and seeing how much life has changed over the years.

The images in this gallery are from several external collections that we have on The News archive.

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1901: A horse-drawn tram at the Clarence Pier Terminal in Portsmouth. (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images)
1905 French sailors celebration. A century after Trafalgar and French sailors were in town celebrating the entente cordiale between Britain and France. Portsmouth 1905. Captioned ‘Decorated Car Portsmouth 1905,’ this real photographic postcard, shows a tram full of French sailors for l’entente cordiale in 1905 when the French fleet visited Portsmouth – 100 years after Trafalgar.
circa 1899: A horse drawn tram at Portsmouth prior to electrification in 1901. (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images)
Clarendon Road in flood. In the first third of the last century we see a packed tram travelling east along a flooded Clarendon Road, Southsea. Picture: Barry Cox collection
The last tram to run in Portsmouth Picture: Barry Cox collection
1902: Men erecting a traction pole at the King's Road junction during the electrification of the Portsmouth tram system. (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images)
A Tram from Horndean passes over Spur Road, Cosham in the 1930s. Then - A tramcar from Horndean on the Portsdown & Horndean Light Railway passes over Spur Road, Cosham. Picture: Barry Cox collection.
1901: Men putting the wires in place for the electrification of the Portsmouth tram system. (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images)
Tramcar at Bradford Junction. Seen in 1920 turning into Rugby Road we see a corporation tram on route Z at Bradford Junction. Picture: Ellis Norrell.
Passing The George on Portsdown Hill Summit. A tranquil scene at the summit of Portsdown Hill with a car for Horndean loaded with passengers. Picture: Courtesy Martin Petch
23rd February 1901: Workmen erecting the overhead wires in Commercial Road for the electric tram from a tower wagon, in Portsmouth. (Photo by F J Mortimer/Getty Images)
Taking a sharp curve. Passing the Grosvenor Hotel on the corner of Western parade and Osborne Road a tram heads towards Palmerston Road. Picture Robert James collection.
1901: A horse-drawn tram at the King's road junction at Portsmouth, shortly before the electrification of the system. (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images)
Along St Helens Parade pre 1936. Another Portsmouth vista of Southsea this time with a tram passing Canoe Lake pre 1936. Picture: J.C. Bell collection.
Tram car on the London Road heading south pre-1935. A tram from Horndean heads south along the A3 London Road by the junction of Mill Road. Picture: Barry Cox collection.
Gosport tram men. Pictured at Hoeford Depot, Gosport are men of the Gosport & Fareham Tramways. Picture: J.C. Lawrence/R. Brown collection.
1902: The laying of the electric track for the trams in Portsmouth, outside the Town Hall. (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images)
Horse tram at Portsmouth, Kings Road Junction, showing horse cars proceeding to Beach Mansions (South Parade Pier) and Dockyard. As no electrification works appear to have taken place, this view must be at latest, early 1901. The buildings in background were all destroyed 10-11-1-1941, Portsmouth. (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images)
The Hard after 1902. A somewhat grainy and misty day photograph taken at the Hard from the top of a tram. Picture: Barry Cox collection.
Helen Blacker at the tram controls. Seen back in 1919 are three girls who helped run trams in Gosport. Picture: Shirley Featherstone collection.
Outside the Esplanade Hotel, Clarence Pier pre 1936. Another view of Clarence Pier this time from where the trams terminated at the end of Pier Road, Southsea. Picture: Robert James collection
Workers removing old horse car rails from Commercial Road, just south of the Town Hall (now Guildhall) Square, in preparation for the electrification of trams in Portsmouth. This would be some time between 23rd February 1901, when work was started on this section, and the end of May, when work was completed. (Letter from LTA BERN, July 1966). (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images)
1901: The laying of cables at North End Junction in Portsmouth for the electrification of the tram system. (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images)