How Southsea was marketed

A Victorian postcard promoting Southsea
A Victorian postcard promoting Southsea
Regulars at this Leigh Park night club completed a five-mile walk in fancy dress in 1985.

NOSTALGIA: Leigh Park clubbers’ sponsored walk

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Clare Ash discovered a postcard by Symonds, a photographer, of 39 High Street, Portsmouth, advertising Southsea to the Victorians.

Part of the inscription reads: ‘Affords to visitors a constant source of amusement, there being a splendid Esplanade; magnificent beach; the best sea bathing on the south coast; excellent sea fishing; the best yachting ground in England; naval and military evolutions and military bands daily; a spacious Common on which reviews are frequently held; steam vessels continually leaving the pier for the Isle of Wight.’

The Second World War Southampton-class cruiser HMS Newcastle passes Southsea seafront in the 1950s. She took part in the 1937 Coronation Fleet Review, was torpedoed in the Mediterranean, and survived, during the Second World War and saw action in the Korean War in the early 1950s. She was sold for scrap in 1959.

The Second World War Southampton-class cruiser HMS Newcastle passes Southsea seafront in the 1950s. She took part in the 1937 Coronation Fleet Review, was torpedoed in the Mediterranean, and survived, during the Second World War and saw action in the Korean War in the early 1950s. She was sold for scrap in 1959.

It adds: ‘Healthiest spot in England – average mortality 14 in 1,000.’