Southsea seafront historian Jackie Baynes takes us back to what looks like the 1920s with this evocative picture.
She is seeking readers’ help about the building which at this time was known as the Corporation Tea Room, but which was known later as the Castle Tea Room.
With magnification the words ‘Use AGFA for roll film’ can be made out on the sponsored awning.
Also note the sporty open-top car parked to the right – engine perhaps still warm after the owner had ‘motored down’ from London to enjoy the delights of Southsea.
Jackie says: ‘I would like to know whether anyone remembers when the Tea House was built and subsequently demolished.
‘My researches have not produced any dates.
My researches have not produced any datesJackie Baynes
‘A map in the Southsea & City of Portsmouth Official Guide for 1939 marks it as the ‘The Castle Tea House’, directly opposite the bandstand, now inside the skate park.’
Jackie has also sent me these three tickets for events held at the Rock Gardens Pavilion in the 1960s and ’70s.
They were sent to her by a woman who was in the audience for one of her recent talks about the history of the Rock Gardens which Jackie is continuing to research.