A bed at '˜Aggies'

Last week my colleague Chris Owen published a photograph of Edinburgh Road showing the Agnes Weston's Royal Sailors Rest.

Sunday, 20th March 2016, 6:00 am
Miss Agnes Weston.

This much-loved institution replaced the original off Commercial Road after it was bombed during the war.

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Always known by sailors and local alike as ‘Aggies’, Miss Agnes Weston and her devoted assistant Miss Wintz opened the first establishment in Portsmouth in 1882 to give sailors a home from home when on shore leave and a bed as opposed to a hammock.

They also took men’s wives and sweethearts into their confidence and under their wing.

Aggie died in 1918 and the Admiralty held her in such esteem she was awarded a naval funeral.