Five slaughterhouses in one council sitting

Signal box - The bleak and isolated siting of the Idsworth signal box illustrates the loneliness of the signalman's lot

THIS WEEK IN 1970: Time runs out on the lonely reign of a signal box man

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Nowadays the thought of a slaughterhouse being built in Portsmouth would probably be met with raised eyebrows. Not so in 1925.

At a council meeting that year licences for five new slaughterhouses were granted.

They were to: Mr Pink for a slaughterhouse in Basin Street; Mr Hutchins for one in Mills Road; Mr Short for one in Berkley Street; Mr Hoar for one in Buckland Street, and Mr Cooper for one in Merry Row.

These were in addition to those that existed already on Portsea Island.