In the picture above we are looking at the aftermath of the Second World War in Charlotte Street, Portsmouth, towards its junction with Commercial Road.
What was once a busy store is nothing but a pile of rubble protected by wooden boards.
Farther up the street, the Monarch public house serves beer no more.
The modern picture below it puts us at the junction of Eden Street which, in turn, leads to Market Way.
A discount store is now on the site of the Monarch pub.
The closed store on the corner of Eden Street tells its own sad tale.
For this was once a thriving street full of market traders from one end to the other.
It’s a ghost of its former self and the barrow-boys there are these days ply their trade around the corner in Commercial Road.