Pupil’s campaign to halt demolition

Council flats, Gosport waterfront, about 1965
Council flats, Gosport waterfront, about 1965
Clarence Pier pre-1936. ''Another view of Clarence Pier, this time from where the trams terminated at the end of Pier Road, Southsea. 'Picture: Robert James Collection

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Stephen Weeks, a 16-year-old schoolboy from Alverstoke, took on Gosport Borough Council over its post-war demolition programme.

It included razing 56 listed buildings between 1947 and 1965 in favour of blocks of flats.

Ferry Approach, Gosport. A post-war view showing the bombed Market House, behind which is the Watneys sign of the Old Northumberland Arms

Ferry Approach, Gosport. A post-war view showing the bombed Market House, behind which is the Watneys sign of the Old Northumberland Arms

Stephen, a pupil at Portsmouth Grammar School, managed to briefly prevent demolition of The Hall, previously known as Stanley House (see here on the right), which had once served as Holy Trinity vicarage.

His campaign was widely reported in the national press, but after three months the minister of housing decided not to intervene and demolition went ahead.

This story and photograph of the council flats on Gosport waterfront, plus the other two here, feature in the recently-published Gosport From Old Photographs written and compiled by John Sadden, the Portsmouth Grammar School archivist.

It’s published by Amberley Publishing at £12.