Outfitters supplied Bob’s first pair of long trousers

Eddie Wallace's view past All Saints Church and Church Street from Commercial Road in 1962
Eddie Wallace's view past All Saints Church and Church Street from Commercial Road in 1962
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The photograph that appeared on March 12 of All Saints’ Church and Tarrant’s bakers in Portsmouth brought some information from two people who used to live in the area.

Bob Meaden used to live across the way in Nelson Road and was christened in All Saints’ Church in 1948. He says the roof in the background of the 1961 photo is in fact the old vicarage. Next door was an outfitters called Beaumont’s where his mother purchased his first pair of long trousers.

Next to Beaumont’s was the New Inn, which later changed its name to The Royal as it was across the road from the Royal Hospital.

The old ramshackle wooden hut in the centre of the photo was used as a Scouts/Girl Guides/Cubs/Brownies hut. Where the stick fence surrounds it there was once an 8ft brick wall. The entrance was in Church Road.

The shop to the right was Tarrant’s bakers, owned by Bert and Norah Tarrant.

In front of the lorry on the corner was Woods’ Grocers.

Graham Parham tells me the pub was the Powerscourt Arms, but Micky Tee says it was the Staunton Arms. Anyone else with a guess?

Perhaps you could help me identify some buildings in another photo of the same area, taken from a different angle.