It’s hard to believe this picture was taken so relatively recently, in 1970.
It only seems like yesterday, but it was 41 years ago and a quarter of a century after the end of the Second World War.
However, Portsmouth was still picking up the pieces of years of bombing which ripped the heart out of the city.
This marvellous aerial photograph was taken for the city council to record and monitor the rebuilding of the city centre.
Traffic is still flowing through what is now Guildhall Square and continues, in both directions, down the old southern half of Commercial Road, which is today Guildhall Walk.
There’s no sign of the civic offices opposite the Guildhall, the central library or any of the university buildings of which there are so many in this area today.
The foundations for the multi-storey car park in Alec Rose Lane are in place, but judging by the amount of waste land being used for parking, there was then no shortage of parking spaces.