Pub with plenty of room for horses and...inquests

High Street, Cosham, at the end of the 19th century
High Street, Cosham, at the end of the 19th century
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NOSTALGIA: What on earth did this mean?

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Here we see High Street, Cosham, looking north, showing the original Ship Inn. In 1840 the pub was described as ‘a desirable roadside house with convenient stabling and clubroom.’

It was a regular meeting place for the Ancient Order of Foresters in the 19th century and, like many public houses, was also the venue for coroners’ inquests.

Picture from John Sadden’s Portsmouth Through Time.