Portsmouth's Commercial Road - its glorious history in 35 photos

Commercial Road has a long and glorious history as Portsmouth city centre’s main shopping street.

Thursday, 24th October 2019, 12:45 pm
Commercial Road collage

We’ve had a look back through the archives to find some of our favourite photos from the last few decades.

Portsmouth Corporation electric tram No 19 negotiating floods in Commercial Road in August 1911.
A close up of the girls pushing their cycles through a bombed out Commercial Road.

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August 1911 and torrential rain flooded Commercial Road in what is now Guildhall Square.
Sailors clearing debris from the remains of the Hippodrome, Commercial Road during the Blitz
The Wild West Show makes its way north along Commercial Road.
Commercial Road at its junction with Crasswell Street. July 1972.
A young lad gets an unforgettable moment with the Queen during her 1977 Silver Jubilee walkabout in Commercial Road
Commercial Road flooded after a rainstorm in 1911
The old main post office on the corner of Commercial Road and Stanhope Road. Portsmouth, 1975
Boots the Chemist being built in Commercial Road, 1976
The Criterion pub is flanked by the closed Claremont Tavern in December 1973.
Landports store sitting amongst war damage in Commercial Road
Commercial Road, now Guildhall Walk, in 1909
The Osborne Hotel, Commercial Road. Mile End.
Commercial Road, Portsmouth
A marvellous rarely-seen view of the Hippodrome Theatre in Commercial Road
A marvellous photograph of the level crossing taking the dockyard branch line over Commercial Road (then Union Road)
A look along Commercial Road before it had become a full pedestrianised precinct in the early 1970s.
The former Beaumonts men’s and boy’s clothier in Commercial Road.
The old post office in Commercial Road
The Victoria Cinema in Commercial Road at the junction with Cambridge Road, 1962.
The Sailors Return, Mile End, Portsmouth.
An evocative look at the post office in Commercial Road in Edwardian times.
Commercial Road/Church Street junction about 1960
When Portsmouth celebrated May Day. A view along Commercial Road with Sultan Road to the immediate left.
A wonderful photograph of pre-war Commercial Road, Portsmouth, at its junction with Charlotte Street. Picture: Barry Cox Collection
View along Commercial Road circa 1953. All Saints Church bell tower peeks over the rooftops in the centre.
Princess Elizabeth’s motorcade heading north along Commercial Road in 1951
Elephants from either Billy Smart’s of Chipperfield’s circus pass along commercial Road
A busy Commercial Road when the circus came to town either 1956 or 1960
Thought to be Commercial Road in the late 1950s. Someone is passing the time of day with the policeman on point duty.
Looking south along Commercial Road 10 years after the blitz on the city
The Classic cinema, Commercial Road
The northern end of Commercial Road, Portsmouth, from the southern end of Twyford Avenue
Crossing Commercial Road at the junction with Edinburgh Road. But where are the girls parents?