NOSTALGIA: One of the best views in the UK '“Â and it was in Portsmouth
Passengers on the open top deck of these trams would have enjoyed one of the best views in the UK as they crossed the summit of Portsdown Hill.
It stretched over Portsea Island and across the Solent to Ryde. To the west they would haveÂ seen Southampton Water and on a good day The Needles lighthouse atÂ the far west of the Isle of Wight.Â To the east wasÂ Chichester Cathedral's spireÂ more than 10Â miles away.
As I've mentioned before,Â the summit of Portsdown Hill wasÂ once as high as the rooftop of the house on the far right. No doubt the Belle-Vue tearooms did a good summer trade and I wonder who Ken the bootmaker was?
Everything changed in 1968 when theÂ new road was built to the east of The GeorgepubÂ Â in a cutting which wrecked that view across the Solent in an instant.
TheÂ old road has been made into slip roads on and off Portsdown Hill Road. The tops of the trees on the left mark the height of the oldÂ summit before French prisoners of war were set to work reducing itÂ in 1813.
'¢I am sure many of you remember when the magnificent Guildhall Square was the hub of the city centre and a much-loved location for most of the population of Portsmouth.
In this scene taken fromÂ the top of the steps of the Guildhall, workmen's cars are parked and the foundations of the civic offices are being dug.Â
The Sussex pubÂ stood opposite with Greetham Street going into the distance away from the photographer.
I am sure many of you car enthusiasts will recognise some of the cars. I can see a Ford Cortina and an Austin 1100. The ever-present Mini is in view as well.
Much as the modern square is enjoyed by many, especially with the large television screen, I know which I prefer...