12 best memories of Portsmouth in 1909

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Edwardians roller skating on South Parade Pier 1909. Photo: Paul Costen collection

In this selection you will see tram tracks laid on Goldsmith Avenue, Fratton, HMS Ferret testing the boom defense at the entrance to Portsmouth Harbour, Portsmouth and Southsea station concourse and fresh bread arriving by longboat .

Laying of a tramway track on Goldsmith Avenue, Fratton, in 1909. Photo: Paul Costen collection
Laying of a tramway track on Goldsmith Avenue, Fratton, in 1909. Photo: Paul Costen collection
HMS Ferret testing the boom defense at the entrance to Portsmouth Harbor in 1909.

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Sandringham Hotel – Osborne Road / Nightingale Road (postmarked 1909)
The paddle steamer Duchess of Kent ran aground at Hot Walls, Old Portsmouth, in September 1909 after colliding in the Solent. Built in 1897, this paddler survived until requisitioned for war service by the Royal Navy in 1916 and returned to crossing the Solent until its sale in 1933. Photo: Paul Costen collection
Empire Day celebrations May 24, 1909. The steps of what is now the Guildhall crowded with cadet musicians, we see Empire Day May 24, 1909. It must have been wonderful. Photo: R. James Collection
The Clarence Pier water fountain. Sent in by Harry Tiler of Tipner, here we see a drinking fountain that once stood roughly west of where the roundabout is now near Clarence Pier.
A wedding from the past. Sent by Daphne Marsh of Hilsea, we see a postcard with a couple’s wedding photo taken at St James’s Church, Milton. Even in those distant days of 1909, there was a “No Confetti” sign. On the left, the notice board tells of a trip to Windmill Hill, which was then a remote location above Chalton north of Horndean.
The fresh bread arrived by boat. Portsmouth Harbor 1909
August 1909. Vic Hutfield was Brenda Gilbert’s great-uncle. He owned the Corinthian Motor Garage 1909/1911. It was in this garage that he built his plane. It was in Mill Road, Gosport and by 1916 had moved across the road.
A Hostler and Co Portsmouth. Gilbert store. What the shop looked like in 1909 when it opened.
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