20 rarely-seen photos from Portsmouth Guildhall's history

Portsmouth Guildhall has been one of the city’s greatest landmarks for decades.

Tuesday, 15th October 2019, 12:45 pm
The scene in the Guildhall Square where hundreds of Portsmouth schoolchildren enjoyed their annual carol service in December 1983.

From grass steps to royal visits, there’s been a lot of history at the iconic venue. We’ve had a look back through the archives at some of our favourite photos.

The Guildhall being reopened in June 1959
Portsmouth Guildhall in October 1992

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Portsmouth Guildhall grassy steps in 1996
Portsmouth Guildhall
Portsmouth Guildhall in December 1976
The grassy steps of Portsmouth Guildhall in 1996.
New city manager Nick Gurney overlooks Guildhall Square on one of his first days in the civic offices in November 1993
Portsmouth Guildhall in May 1980
Portsmouth Guildhall in the snow
Portsmouth Guildhall in November 1975
Portsmouth Guildhall
Guildhall Square in February 1980
Portsmouth Guildhall in the snow
Portsmouth Guildhall celebrates Christmas in December 1977
The Queen visits the Guildhall in June 1977
Royal Marines presented with the Freedom of Portsmouth
The Queen visiting Portsmouth
A unique view of the Lord Mayor's charity funfair in Guildhall Square in March 1994
Portsmouth Guildhall in January 1982
The scene in the Guildhall Square where hundreds of Portsmouth schoolchildren enjoyed their annual carol service in December 1983.