Photography and flying left legacy of city from the air

Jim Bramble was a teacher at Portsmouth Technical High School during the 1960s.

Thursday, 21st July 2016, 6:00 am
Updated Thursday, 25th August 2016, 4:21 pm
All Saints Church, Landport, is featured in this picture, dwarfed by the tower blocks behind it. Commercial Road runs across the picture still lined by shops and houses. The M275 was yet to be built

That was before it became the City of Portsmouth Boys’ School in 1975.

Two of his main hobbies were photography and flying and he would regularly take to the skies from the flying school based at the old Portsmouth Airport, taking some now-historical aerial shots of the city.

Three of his pictures are featured here today.

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Large areas of Broad Street and High Street, Old Portsmouth, were derelict when Jim Bramble took this picture, but the Camber, dominated by the coal bunkers, was bustling. The Anglican cathedral is at the top
This Jim Bramble shot makes Portsmouth appear almost pristine. At the bottom is Copnor Bridge. The semi-circular road in the centre is Milton Road with Baffins Road on its inside. Kingston Prison, St Marys Hospital and Fratton Park can be seen towards the top as can the acres of Fratton Goods Yard
Large areas of Broad Street and High Street, Old Portsmouth, were derelict when Jim Bramble took this picture, but the Camber, dominated by the coal bunkers, was bustling. The Anglican cathedral is at the top
This Jim Bramble shot makes Portsmouth appear almost pristine. At the bottom is Copnor Bridge. The semi-circular road in the centre is Milton Road with Baffins Road on its inside. Kingston Prison, St Marys Hospital and Fratton Park can be seen towards the top as can the acres of Fratton Goods Yard