‘A dear little old Hampshire town’

West Street, Fareham, about 1955
West Street, Fareham, about 1955
The  former St Lukes girls school as it was until 1968

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This was West Street, Fareham, in about 1955 where, on the left, was the Embassy cinema.

At the time this picture was taken it was showing The African Queen with Humphrey Bogart.

Farther down are Woolworth’s and Dewhurst butchers.

The street has long been the commercial heart of Fareham and was described by Thackeray, who spent his school holidays here, as ‘a dear little old Hampshire town’.