Dust coats and gauntlets – ideal for the Southsea chauffeur

A 1915 advertisement for chauffeurs' livery from Read & Co, Southsea
A 1915 advertisement for chauffeurs' livery from Read & Co, Southsea
The junction of Southwick Hill Road and London Road, Cosham, with a tram passing over the  bridge. Not a traffic light to be seen. Picture: GA Tucker

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If you were one of Southsea’s top people a century ago it would not have been seemly to drive your own car. A chauffeur simply had to be employed.

You would then have to pay to have him rigged out in the correct livery.

And where would you go for this?

Read & Company, of Osborne and Portland Road, Southsea, of course.

For the princely sum of £6.20 in today’s money your driver would be the smartest of the smart and doubtlessly have a car to match his finery.