It looks as though it was a drab winter’s day in Cosham when Philip Pyke took these photographs.
He recorded them on film 38 years ago probably never realising what an important series of social history documents they would become.
But thank goodness he did, despite the weather.
There are so many shops and pubs, long gone, to stir the memory.
Who remembers Corbins, Dewhurst the butcher, shoe shop Freeman Hardy and Willis, Wiltons the greengrocer, Southern Electricity and the National Westminster Bank before it became the NatWest?
What about the distinctive Ship pub stuck out at such an odd angle in High Street?
It disappeared years ago, the buildings realigned and a modern pub, The First Post, is now roughly in its place.
And looming over this northern Portsmouth community were the ill-fated tower blocks of Portsdown Park.