Postcards from a bygone era

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.

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.

1. Commercial Road

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

2. Portsmouth Railway Station

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.

3. Early bazaars

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.
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The college is located at the junction of Park Road (later renamed King Henry I Street) and Commercial Road (later partly renamed Guildhall Walk)

4. Municipal College

The college is located at the junction of Park Road (later renamed King Henry I Street) and Commercial Road (later partly renamed Guildhall Walk)
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