NOSTALGIA: Waterloo before the Ville was added
My colleague Barry Cox has been to the auctions again andÂ let me loose on theÂ photographs he has bought for his vast collection. These three picturesÂ are some of many you will enjoy in coming weeks.
Here we'reÂ looking south downÂ London Road through the village of Waterloo, about 1910 andÂ before it became Waterlooville.Â It was just a step for those living on the left toÂ board a tram to Horndean, or Cosham and on to Southsea. A loop for trams to pass each other onÂ the single track is in the road.
On the right isÂ the risingÂ firm of automobile engineersÂ Wadham Brothers. Michelin was founded by two brothersÂ in 1889. In 1891 they patented the first removable pneumatic tyre and the firm went on toÂ provideÂ tyres for the space shuttle and in 2012Â produced 166 million tyres.Â
The '˜today'Â picture, believe it or not, was taken from exactly the same spot '“Â and now what we see is Waterlooville. Until recentlyÂ London Road was busy but since aÂ shopping complex to the west was built much trade has been lost to it. London Road is now pedestrianised and the A3MÂ takes much ofÂ the traffic away from the town.
'¢How about this for a fantastic picture? The photographer obviously used a plate glass negative to take itÂ and the quality is superb.
It is a pre-Second World War view looking south along Commercial Road, Portsmouth. Leading off to the right is Charlotte Street.
Behind the policeman isÂ jeweller HÂ Samuel. What a shame we lost Eddie Wallace a few months ago, I am sure he could have told me the constable's name and number. In the mist above the second tram is the bell tower of the Guildhall.
All the men are wearing hats or caps of some sort. I am sure the cyclists would have to take great care not to get their tyresÂ jammedÂ in the tram rails.
?ACE 8?Picture: Barry Cox CollectionÂ