Then and now: the four-road Southsea junction 40 years on '“Â Nostalgia
I know I published the older picture here earlier this year,Â but as I was thereÂ recently I thought you might like to see a then-and-now of thisÂ scene.
It is, of course, the four-streetÂ junction of Castle Road on the right, St Edward's Road going away from camera, Great Southsea Street to the immediate left and, behind the building with the Barley Mow pub on the corner,Â the continuation of Castle Road leading to Elm Grove.
At 41 & 41a Castle Road was Parker ThomasÂ motor dealers who '˜could supply any car'. I'veÂ been reliably told the building is being demolished to make way for flats.
To the left is a window of the Clock House which at this time was the home to Fleming's antiques dealer. He remained in business for many years. It is nowÂ a hairdressers'. Look at the numberÂ of bicycles parked in St Edward's Road.
The cars in St Edward's Road dateÂ the photoÂ toÂ the late 1940s. NoteÂ the figurine on the left outside the building.Â The ornate lamp standardsÂ were still in placeÂ well into the 1960s. And if you look at the men on the scaffolding you will seeÂ there is nothing to stop them falling backwards. Imagine that today?
'¢Visit Oyster Street, Old Portsmouth, today and it is lined with fine houses and apartments, many built after the blitz of Second World War. It was not always like that of course.
At one time the street was lined with tradesmen such as those in this view showing Snook and Sons. TheyÂ were a firm of egg and butterÂ importers.Â Butter I can see, but eggs? Next door is Charpentiers the printers.
Oyster Street used to run all the way from High Street, Old Portsmouth, to Town Quay at the junction with White Hart Road. Snook and Sons used to be on the right hand side of the street heading north.
The northern end has since been built over and Oyster Street now has a junction with St Thomas's Street. That street is connected to Lombard Street thus making the Anglican cathedral encircled by the four roads.