NOSTALGIA: No bath for 10 weeks

The Royal Pier Hotel, now Rees Hall.
The Royal Pier Hotel, now Rees Hall.
HMS Nelson entering Portsmouth Harbour before 1936. The tram gives us the date clue.

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This picture of the Royal Pier Hotel, Southsea, now the University of Portsmouth’s Rees Hall brought back memories for Jacky Percival, of Gosport.

She says: ‘When I was at Portsmouth Poly in the early 1970s it was the only hall of residence for first years. Everybody else had to crowd into B&B accommodation.

‘I had a top floor room with a tiny dormer window so it was always dark. I roomed with two girls who shared a double bed.

‘There was nowhere to work so we did our studying and writing on our beds.

‘A friend of mine was famous for not having a bath for 10 weeks and had to go to Rees Hall to get clean as the digs to which she was assigned had a bathroom but no bathroom door.

‘I don’t think this was unique: accommodation was scarce. Everybody wanted a room in Rees Hall, and the authorities didn’t seem particularly bothered by the upset this all caused. Happy days!’