By Bob Hind
The photograph was taken looking down from the bell tower of St Faith’s Church, and can be dated before the outbreak of the Second World War.
The bus that can be seen in the foreground would have been turning right and heading down South Street, on its way to Hayling Island.
Davies the chemist is still trading to this day.
The Dolphin Hotel was demolished in 1958 and replaced by West Street Arcade.
This has been superseded by the Meridian Centre.
Past the hotel are the International Stores and then we can see Long’s Cafe and then the Central Garage is further along.
Looking down the the edge of the churchyard, we can see railings which were taken away in order to help in the war effort.
There are also several palm trees growing.
I wonder what became of these.
In the picture taken today, we can see that West Street has since been closed off to traffic.
It has been pedestrianised as far as the traffic lights at Park Road North.
I must thank the Rector-Canon Tom Kennar for escorting me to the top of the tower and allowing me to take the photograph.