Unchanged for two centuries... then the Luftwaffe arrived

An etching of Grand Parade, Old Portsmouth
An etching of Grand Parade, Old Portsmouth
Lively Lady amid the  welcome-home flotilla of 400 small vessels off Southsea.'All pictures: Graham Stevens

NOSTALGIA: Home to Portsmouth and a hero’s welcome

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Thanks to the Second World War many fine old houses in Grand Parade and High Street, Old Portsmouth, were destroyed.

My father Jack used to tell me that before the war High Street looked the same as it had two centuries earlier.

It must have been rather a lovely sight.

On this postcard etching it says that the two houses in the High Street opposite the York & Pier Hotel were the birthplace of poet George Meredith and the residence of Admiral Lord Anson.