Historic buildings are still easy to spot in our streets

Castle Street, Southsea, about 1900
Castle Street, Southsea, about 1900
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Here’s an instantly recognisable view of Southsea which has hardly changed in the last 100 years.

It was taken about 1900 and shows the junction of Castle Road and Kent Road.

Castle Street today

Castle Street today

The Wheelbarrow Castle Tavern was renamed the Castle Hotel in the 1860s and is seen here at the turn of the century when it was run by Miss Alice Collis. In the 1960s it simply became the Wheelbarrow.

Comedy acting legend Peter Sellers often visited this area in the 1960s as his birthplace was in a flat above Postcard Corner, now the Mayfair Chinese restaurant. You can just about make out the blue plaque marking the event above the front door.

It was an extension of the house on the left, seen here covered in advertisements for local businesses.