The grand street with a touch of the aristocracy

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Russell Street, Southsea, was full of character, when it was opposite the Portsmouth Guildhall prior to being demolished to make way for the new Civic Offices and the Central Library in the 1970s.

You might think that Russell Street in times past had some connection with the aristocracy, in pubs at least.

For apart from the Duke of Wellington, we also had the Duke of Bedford and the Duke of Richmond in the same street.

The Mystery was in Warwick Street, Somers Town. The only real mystery about the place was the unusual shape of the building.

It certainly provided a contrast to the blocks of high-rise flats which grew up around it.

· From Ron Brown’s The Pubs of Portsmouth From Old Photographs (Amberley Publishing £12.99)