Southsea in old picture postcards

Southsea in old picture postcards

:   A.W. McAvery
:   Hampshire
:   United Kingdom
:   978-90-288-3108-7
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69. Here we have a superb photograph of a group of local children who live in the surrounding residential area running off Somers Road. Somers Road itself runs north to south from Cottage Grove to Somers Raad North and the railway line. The young gentleman with his cap set at a rakish angle is standing just a little distance away from his probable destination which was the Somers Road Post Office. Nextdoor to the post office at No. 16 was a confectioner's shop which proved an immense attraction to the children. Today many of the shops on the left hand side of Somers Raad have disappeared and in their place has been constructed a large Council housing complex which farms part of a larger area known as Somerstown.

70. A great pastime among children was to try and catch a free ride by jumping on the back of a horse-drawn vehicle many of which abounded at the turn of the century. Tradesmen had to re1y on handcarts or horse-drawn vans to convey their wares to the public. Here we have a lovely photograph of a horse-drawn bread van. This particular one was owned by Morey and Sans who had premises in Somers Raad and a bakehouse in Mary Street around 1929. However, the original bakery was established before this date and can be remembered as far back as 1903 when it was owned by Henry Charles Morey. One of the fondest memories called to mind is seeing the harses with their nosebags on partaking of their lunch. Those harses who were lucky enough to have a regular route would aften be on the receiving end of a nice juicy apple or a lump of sugar given to them by the people in the area in which they delivered.

71. Although this picture of The Strand was taken around the 1920s, a much earlier view if one could be found, would have shown the Southsea Railway Station. The station was built adjacent to the Granada Hotel which today still stands on the corner of Waverley Road (former1y Sax Weimar Road). The station was officially opened by Lady Willis on 1st July 1885 and cost f.55,000 to construct. Regrettably it was closed down at the outbreak of the First World War. It is indeed a pity or perhaps just a lack of foresight that this station was not retained as it would have proved invaluable to tourists and visitors alike who could have stepped off the trains and literally only had a two minute walk to the Sea Front with its many hotels and guesthouses. Today the Strand puts one in mind of a large octopus because a roundabout has been constructed in its centre with five roads leading off in all directions.

72. By the very nature of its appearance the 'Crinoline Church' of Eastney is a must to be included in any reference to churches in Southsea. Originally built on a site in Outram Road in 1858 and known then as St Bartholomew's Southsea it was the earliest example of a centrally p1anned re-locatable timber church and took its design from the temporary churches used during the Crirnea War. The first 'Crinoline' was built in 28 days at a co st of 1:600 and stood in Haveloek Park. This picture of the church shows it located in St George's Road, Eastney which was its third and final resting p1ace when in 1905 it was permanently dismantled. What a novelty it must have proved for the children attending Sunday School as they probably thought on first seeing the church that they were going to the circus as the building resem bied a 'Big Top' rather than the conventional church buildings we are so familiar with today.

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73. Looking northwards this is a view of St Simon's Church which was built in 1866 on a triangular piece of land where Waverley Road meets with St Ronan's Road. The church cost a total of ;(4,500 to build and was consecrated in 1868. It has an edifice of white and coloured brick, with Bath and Portland stone dressings which were from designs submitted by a local architect living at Ryde on the Isle of Wight. It has an unusua1 wide and lofty nave of five bays, with clerestory, north and south aisles, a vestry at the north-east corner and a western porch. Included in the clerestory are 29 stained glass windows of which nine are memorials. The church itself seats 1,050 people and many of the pews were rented out to parishioners and the rental went towards the 'living' of the church.

74. Francis Avenue School was opened in 1897 and made the twenty-fourth school to be opened by the School Board since 1870. It was built on a piece of land roughly triangular in shape where Francis Avenue me ets with Heidieburg Road. This particu1ar view is taken looking into the p1ayground towards the main school building. It took some while to actually locate this picture as it proved to be something of a mystery as there were no distinguishing marks on it. However, I set myse1f the task of finding out its exact location and indeed I was lucky in that the current Headteacher of the school was actually able to stand me in the exact location of this school photograph where it was originally taken. The view is slightly different today in that many of the outbuildings, including the bicycle sheds have been demolished.

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75. Finally, most seaside towns and resorts had their own specialised novelty postcards, apart from the more traditional photographic views of any given area, and Southsea was no exception. Here we have a delightful group of young ladies all dressed in naval attire, no doubt because of Southsea's close links with the Royal Navy, who dec1are that you could not possibly wish to meet a nicer girl than in Southsea. I wonder how many people have received this particu1ar card and been tempted to find out! The producer of this set entitled 'Dur Belles' was an extremely well-known photographer and producer of postcards who also held a Royal Warrant. Like many of the early postcards although they depicted p1aces and towns in England more often than not they were produced abroad and this particular set of postcards were processed in Saxoney at the turn of the century.

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