Pictured: The cranes which once defined Portsmouth Dockyard demolished in 1970s
This view within Portsmouth Dockyard, as it was still known at the time, was not taken during the Second World War orÂ in the 1950s even, it was taken onÂ FebruaryÂ 3, 1972.
To the left is No3 Ship Shop, built in 1844 and in the background you can just make out part of the superstructure of the aircraft carrier HMS Eagle. OnÂ the right is the Prefabricating Welding Shop.
The cranes, once such a familiar site from Portsdown Hill, were all taken down in 1977,Â the last one demolished in October of that year.
InÂ the bottom left-hand corner is a tiny part of the massive dockyard railway system.Â It was always steam-hauled with a large locomotive shed, but in the early 1960s steam had given way to diesel locos which did the work until the system closed in 1979.
'¢ Remember Murrays Restaurant onÂ South Parade,Southsea? It was just about the top place to eat in the city in its day. This advert comes from a 1959 Kings Theatre programme and I like theÂ '˜Ring Henry on 32322'. Who was Henry?
That address is still home to a fine dining venue. It's nowÂ Restaurant 27 which has won several awards for its food.
Another advert in that programme was for The Cambridge Hotel which was always known for itsÂ long bar, probably the longest in Portsmouth. Its address was Portland Road, Southsea, but everyone knew it was at Handley's Corner. Built in 1953, the hotel later changed names to become the Town House, but like many pubs in the city itÂ declined and was demolished in 2012 and replaced by flats.
'¢ Â Last Monday I asked if anyoneÂ remembered where Victoria Crescent was. All I knew was that it wasÂ somewhere off Victoria Road North, Southsea. I received four replies, the best of which came from Richard Martin who sent meÂ this map with the crescent markedÂ in red.
In tramway days it must have been aÂ noisy place to live with the tramsÂ running along the sharp curves with the inside flange causing screeches.
As you can see, Rugby Road ran into the junction. The three houses to the right of Victoria Road North, above Rugby Road, have been demolished and the land is parÂ of Priory School,
'¢ Another line about the 1977 Fleet Review which I featured over Christmas. Many Wrens acted in secretarial positions in the officeÂ alongside the waiting room on South Railway Jetty in the dockyard. Most were never seen again by CaptÂ Gordon Walwyn and his organising team as they all went their separate ways whenÂ it wasÂ over.
In this pictureÂ we see CaptÂ Walwyn with two unknown Wrens who worked alongside the organisingÂ team. Who were they?Â