Wartime photos give vital clues about Fareham’s history

Warship Week comes to West Street, Fareham, during the Second World War, a fund-raising initiative to build new ships for the Royal Navy PPP-150624-125514001
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The two main pictures today will interest anyone keen on Fareham’s history.

Of course, the subject matter in both is significant, but it is the backgrounds which, to me, grab the eye.

The victory parade in West Street, Fareham, celebrating the end of the Second World War in 1945 PPP-150624-125500001

The victory parade in West Street, Fareham, celebrating the end of the Second World War in 1945 PPP-150624-125500001

Both were taken in West Street the one above during the Second World War, the second (below), shortly after it ended.

In the second we see the rain-sodden Victory Parade of 1945 making its way along West Street past Holloways’ tobacconists which many readers will remember with affection.

And there is even more of note in the other photo. Hands up who remembers Fords the cobblers? Moving along the street and in the Savoy Buildings parade is Chapmans Laundry, Dewhurst the butcher, Woolworth’s and, of course the old Savoy cinema.

The pictures, and the three below, came from Barbara Philbrick (née Bawden), of Portchester Road, Fareham. She says: ‘Some of the buildings in the background are easily identifiable today, others were demolished to make way for the shopping centre.’

Children at Wickham Road CofE School, Fareham, between 1934 and 1939 PPP-150624-125526001

Children at Wickham Road CofE School, Fareham, between 1934 and 1939 PPP-150624-125526001

Barbara went to the Church of England School in Wickham Road, Fareham, from 1934 until the outbreak of the Second World War in 1939. The three school pictures were taken there in those years. ‘I’m sure they will be of interest to readers of my generation or their families or those researching the history of Fareham,’ she says.

Children at Wickham Road CofE School, Fareham, between 1934 and 1939 PPP-150624-125601001

Children at Wickham Road CofE School, Fareham, between 1934 and 1939 PPP-150624-125601001

Children at Wickham Road CofE School, Fareham, between 1934 and 1939 PPP-150624-125526001

Children at Wickham Road CofE School, Fareham, between 1934 and 1939 PPP-150624-125526001