Thousands of soldiers once lived in home of the navy

Clarence Barracks, Old Portsmouth, about 1910
Clarence Barracks, Old Portsmouth, about 1910
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It’s hard to believe now that buildings on the scale of these old barracks once existed on the site of Pembroke Park, Old Portsmouth

A military band plays before a select audience at Clarence Barracks about 1910.

Most of the Victoria and Clarence barracks’s site was sold in 1966 for the Pembroke Park housing estate and hotel development on the fringes of Old Portsmouth. However, building did not start until the 1970s.

Picture from Portsmouth Through Time by John Sadden (Amberley £12.99).