From Commercial Road to the dockyard: A look at Portsmouth's history through postcards

A new book has bought some of Portsmouth’s little-known history to life - in the form of postcards.

Monday, 25th November 2019, 3:24 pm
Updated Tuesday, 26th November 2019, 2:43 pm
Postcards from a bygone era

Portsmouth – The Postcard Collection, by Alan Spree, looks at what the city looked like between the start of the 20th century to the end of the Second World War. Click here to find out more about buying the book.

These two images are taken from the junction of Edinburgh Road on the left, looking north towards Lake Road.
The station was once the junction for the Portsmouth Dockyard branch, known as the Admiralty Line.

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The Landport Drapery Bazaar was on the corner of Arundel Street and Commercial Road. The original store was opened in 1870 but destroyed by fire in 1908. It was rebuilt, damaged by a bomb in 1941 and reconstructed during the 1950s.
The college is located at the junction of Park Road (later renamed King Henry I Street) and Commercial Road (later partly renamed Guildhall Walk)
The central tower was hit by a bomb and seriously damaged during the Second World War. After the war the barracks were taken over by the Royal Navy and eventually demolished in 1967.
These images show the gate from Unicorn Road with the junction of Flathouse Road to the right and Anchor Gate Road to the left. The side wall of the Royal Naval Barracks can be seen on the left.
This house, in High Street, was the former Greyhound Inn where George Villiers, Duke of Buckingham, was murdered by a disgruntled naval lieutenant in 1628. It was also previously the Spotted Dog Inn.
The station was first opened and named Portsmouth station on June 14 1847. It was later renamed Portsmouth Town in 1876 to avoid confusion with other local stations. The name was changed to Portsmouth & Southsea in 1925.
The Unicorn Gate was constructed in 1778. It originally stood at the northern end of York Place, as the Portsea town gate. It was demolished and re-erected as a dockyard entrance in 1865.
The barracks were on Kings Terrace and completed in 1886 to provide accommodation for infantry units. It was in effect an extension to Clarence Barracks and shared the same parade ground.
The establishment became a Royal Dockyard by the order of King John on May 20 1212. The main gate was completed in 1711 but widened during the Second World War.
The Semaphore Tower was rebuilt and opened in 1930. It is built of stone as a replica of the original, incorporating the old Lion Gate (1778) from the Portsea fortification.
The first dry dock was built in 1495 on the orders of Henry VII. The first warship built there was Sweepstake in 1497. The Mary Rose was built there in 1509.
Also known as HMS Victory, this was situated on Queens Street near to the junction with Unicorn Road. The former army Anglesey Barracks were purchased and the navy barracks were built on the site.