Cars show how times have changed in Waterlooville

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Not some far flung island but Port Creek alongside Eastern Road, Portsmouth, earlier this week. I counted more than 50 plastic bottles along with other man-made filth.

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Following the theme of yesterday’s photographs, which depicted Commercial Road in 1953 and today, to the right we can see another scene altered beyond all comparison.

It is of Hambledon Road, Waterlooville. The older photograph was taken around 1960.

Then and now: Hambledon Road, Waterlooville circa 1960 and today.

Then and now: Hambledon Road, Waterlooville circa 1960 and today.

The cars will no doubt date it and I am relying on readers who are car wizards to let me know.

The Wadhams garage and showroom stand in their own space and well back from the main road to Hambledon on the left.

Since those days a new road has been built to the south and this area is now within its own shopping complex.

In the photo below on the right, we can see the same scene today and Wadhams is the location for a new Sainsbury’s store.

The original road is now a feeder for the car park into the shopping complex.

There are a few more cars parked up as well.

On the opposite page we can see a sign that has been around long before today’s graffitti artists picked up a spray can.

This sign was written on the wall of the house in Langstone Road, Copnor some 70 years ago and it is still in good condition.

I wonder what paint they used?

The photograph was taken by Guy Denman, who sent it to me as he could not tell his grandson what the letters stood for.

As any one of a certain age might know, it was to inform people that a large tank of water stood in Lichfield Road and was called a Static Water Supply.

They were located all over the city to assist in putting out fires during the wartime blitz.

Meanwhile on the left below we can see the remains of a trench system in Sanctuary Wood on the Ypres Salient, Belgium.

Most of the First World War trenches were filled in by returning farmers after the conflict, but these were kept for posterity and can still be visited.