At sea for four months '“Â how aboutÂ two-and-a-half years! '“Â Nostalgia
Pink & Sons was one of the most popular grocers in Portsmouth in its time. The company was founded by William Pink, later Sir William, in 1858 and the first shop wasÂ at 112 Commercial Road, Portsmouth.
By 1887 William had three sons, Ernest, Harold and Victor, whom he took into a partnership which led to the company having 42Â branches.
Sir William was knighted in 1891, Queen Victoria herself doing the honours. Sir William was lord mayor of Portsmouth five times.
In this photograph we see the Pink's branch at 29, London Road on the corner of Croft Road, North End.Â As can be seen, the caption saysÂ West End.
On the wall of Croft Road is a tea ad complete with prices. TheÂ most expensive wasÂ 1s 8d (9p) but not for a quarter but per pound!Â BovrilÂ appears to have been popularÂ back then. Can anyone remember working for Pink's?
'¢Â A warshipÂ recently returned to Portsmouth Harbour after being at sea for four months.Â
When I talk to senior servicemen who served many years ago they all sayÂ '˜it makes me laugh Bob'.Â One reasonÂ was explainedÂ in a letter from Â Mrs JÂ KÂ Taylor, of Purbrook. She says:Â '˜Our family lived in Smith's View, Southsea. When my dad came home on leave after being away for, wait for it, two-and-a-half years, we would go to the Dew Drop and sit in the family room. I would have lemonade and crisps.'Â
Of course this was at a time when Britain hadÂ dockyards around the world, but two-and-a-half years without seeing her dad seems a little much. And what about the wives of these sailors. Did they complain? IÂ doubt it.
Mrs Taylor also mentioned her mother's sister Maud Reeves who lived in Stone Street. She had three sons, Robert, Harry and Billy. Maud's husband, also Robert, worked in Long's brewery. Maud is pictured with her sonsÂ about 1932.Â
My father, born in 1920, was raised in Stone Street before the family moved to Milton in the late 1930s so I expect he would have known the Reeves.Â
'¢Â You might think theÂ pictureÂ of HMS Victory was taken yesterday as this is much what she looks likeÂ today.The old lorryÂ dates it though. ItÂ was takenÂ between January 12, 1922, when Victory was putÂ in dry dock to save her, and July 17, 1928, when she opened to the public.
All we can see are the fore, main and mizzen main masts awaiting the top, topgallant andÂ royal mastsÂ plusÂ associated yardarms and rigging. The dockyard riggers were so skilled,Â not to mention the shipwrights who rebuilt her.
Below is how she looked after restoration when George V unveiled a plaque commemorating herÂ 175-year career.