History of Portsmouth church site goes back to 11th century

The line drawing of 'The First Portsea Parish Church (St Mary's)'
The line drawing of 'The First Portsea Parish Church (St Mary's)'

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My recent picture here of St Mary’s Church, Portsea, jogged Martin Halsey’s memory about several postcards he inherited when his mother died.

Looking through them he found another black and white line drawing of ‘The First Portsea Parish Church (St Mary’s)’.

Martin says: ‘It is one of what appears to be a series of postcards by M Snape of views of Portsmouth. I have a number more from the series, the last one I have being number ‘40’.

‘I also found a view of ‘Copnor Crossing’ before it was a bridge. Handwritten on the back is ‘As it was in 1906’.

An early 1960s'  photo of St Mary's Church taken from Manor Road looking across land thatbecame  the City of Portsmouth Girl' School.
The rough ground to the front  was once Cowper Road where a German bomb  landed  on No.16 on Dec 5 1941 killing five sisters and a nephew.

An early 1960s' photo of St Mary's Church taken from Manor Road looking across land thatbecame the City of Portsmouth Girl' School. The rough ground to the front was once Cowper Road where a German bomb landed on No.16 on Dec 5 1941 killing five sisters and a nephew.

Copnor crossing 1906

Copnor crossing 1906