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Richard Payne's wine and spirit merchants at 179 Fratton Road
Richard Payne's wine and spirit merchants at 179 Fratton Road
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Here are two wonderful pictures to whet your appetite for the weekend or perhaps encourage you to wet your whistle on this Friday night.

They are the kind of photographs which the more you study, the more you see – especially the advertisements.

Paynes in Fratton Road, Portsmouth

Paynes in Fratton Road, Portsmouth

Hammertons Brewery was in Malthouse Road, Mile End – later Charringtons.

The pictures show 179 Fratton Road, Portsmouth, on the corner of that road and Stamford Street, opposite the Old Trafalgar pub.

They come from Stephen Payne, of Old Portsmouth, who says the shop was opened by his great grandfather Richard Payne (1850-1921), who was a wonderfully-titled ‘cork merchant’ of Grosvenor Street, Southsea.

The wine and spirit merchant’s shop was run by Stephen’s grandfather Frank Payne (1887-1937) and after his death by his grandmother Gertrude Payne (1890-1959).

Stephen says: ‘It is listed in an 1898 directory and after Gertrude’s death is listed as a Gales shop.

‘It was later Flowers by Linda and is now a private residence.’