Archive pictures show Portsmouth from the air

Commercial Road and 

Edinburgh Road, Portsmouth, the dockyard branch line and St John's Catholic cathedral. Picture: Jim Bramble
Commercial Road and Edinburgh Road, Portsmouth, the dockyard branch line and St John's Catholic cathedral. Picture: Jim Bramble

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Jim Bramble was a teacher at Portsmouth Technical High School during the 1960s.

That was before it became the City of Portsmouth Boys’ School in 1975.

A picture which shows perfectly just how densely packed the streets of the city are. In the foregorund is Copnor Road School

A picture which shows perfectly just how densely packed the streets of the city are. In the foregorund is Copnor Road School

Two of his main hobbies were photography and flying and he would regularly take to the skies from the flying school based at the old Portsmouth Airport, taking some now-historical aerial shots of the city.

All today’s pictures were taken by him between 50 and 60 years ago.Above we see the Commercial Road and Edinburgh Road area.

COSHAM High Street, Cosham, runs vertically through the middle of the picture with the railway crossing it from left to right

COSHAM High Street, Cosham, runs vertically through the middle of the picture with the railway crossing it from left to right

The Royal Yacht Britannia alongside in the dockyard. Can any shipspotters identify the warship astern of her?

The Royal Yacht Britannia alongside in the dockyard. Can any shipspotters identify the warship astern of her?