Why does Portsmouth have so many streets with the same names?

C.J. Bones bakers at 193, Kingston Road, Kingston
C.J. Bones bakers at 193, Kingston Road, Kingston

It was somewhat remiss of me last week to forget there are two Bedford Roads in the city, and I made a big error by saying C.J. Bone’s bakers was in Southsea. 

Unfortunately I do not own a Kelly’s trade directory earlier than 1948. 

A lovely shot from the Hard to South Railway jetty with HMS Nelson still in steam.

A lovely shot from the Hard to South Railway jetty with HMS Nelson still in steam.

Thank you for all those who corrected me, and I correct the situation by re-publishing the photograph with the right address.

Robert James said: 'It gets quite confusing when there are several streets of the same name.

‘As you quite rightly state, Bedford Road ran from Hyde Park Corner to Bedford Street. Bedford Street ran from St James's Road to West Street. But there was also a Bedford Street which ran from 193 Kingston Road to Gamble Road.

'My 1926 Kelly's states there was a bakers at 193 Kingston Road, but not Mr Bone’s, who was there prior to 1918, as the back of the post card states ½d stamp which changed to 1d in June 1918.’

Here we see the Pompey eleven with manager either Richard Bonney or Robert Brown.

Here we see the Pompey eleven with manager either Richard Bonney or Robert Brown.

n Jocelyn Booth has asked if I could do something with several naval photographs she discovered when having a clear-out.

I love views across the mud from the Hard to South Railway Jetty with the railway viaduct on view, and even better when there is a battleship on show.

The photo below will be bring some joy to former battleship men as it is of HMS Nelson tied up alongside the jetty, and still in steam, so I imagine she would have just arrived.

This would be an impossible photograph today as HMS Warrior 1860 would be blocking the view.

A party of officers, petty officers, ratings and Royal Marines under the guns of HMS Duke of York 1948

A party of officers, petty officers, ratings and Royal Marines under the guns of HMS Duke of York 1948

n On the subject of battleships – which always brings in a large amount of correspondence  – below – we see officers, petty officers, ratings and Royal Marines under the 14 inch guns of the battleship HMS Duke of York in 1948. 

These guns would see the end of the German battleship Scharnhorst in December 1943 after a running action lasting more than 10 hours. The photo was sent by Mr Aldous of Norfolk Street, Southsea. Can anyone give me any information as to what might be occurring and why officers are posing with ratings?

The Duke of York was decommissioned and laid up in November 1951 and scrapped in May 1957.

n According to records, Pompey did not have a manager between May 1908 and August 1911 so it leaves me in a quandary. Who might the manager be in the photograph, below, dated 1910?

Pompey discarded their salmon pink shirts at the end of season 1910-11 when Pompey, then in the Southern Football League, won just eight of the 38 games and manager Richard Bonney was let go.

As the team are wearing salmon shirts I suggest it’s Richard Bonney, but stand to be corrected.