Portsmouth and
Southsea, Hampshire
Old Postcard, Victoria Barracks, Southsea
HMS Victory
HMS Victory - the Plaque where Nelson fell.
Southsea, Canoe Lake
Southsea Common
Southsea Common
When we were given "shore leave" ( ie when they let us out !)  we would wander down to Southsea front and the pier. These old postcards are
all from the early 20th Century. The card on the right was mailed in 1931.
HMS Victory
Southsea, Old Postcard
HMS Victory
"The Cathedral of the Navy. HMS Victory, showing stern. Tonnage
2162 tons."
Victoria Barracks no longer exists. It was a Royal Navy establishment
at the time of this postcard (c 1910) and was still in existence in 1956
when I reported there for my National Service on May 28th.
Part of our "basic training" - ie keeping us occupied for a few weeks - was to take us on a tour
of HMS Victory, which was at least interesting ! I tripped over the plaque on the right and was
put on a charge, much to everyone's amusement !! These two postcards were sent by me in
1956.
Portsmouth is in the county of Hampshire on England's south coast. It has been one of the
three main Royal Navy bases in the UK for several hundred years and is home to Nelson's
Flagship HMS Victory. Southsea is now part of Portsmouth and was the location for Victoria
Barracks, a naval establishment for training new entrants to the service. I was in the Royal Navy
for two years National Service in 1956-58, and was stationed first at Victoria Barracks and later
at HMS Victory.  I remember marching through Portsmouth at the head of the rest of the recruits
and hoping they were following !!  Also being on guard duty in the middle of the night at Victoria
Barracks and not being aware that someone had gone over the wall during my watch !!  All very
silly but it was fun.
A rather faded old card of Southsea.
Southsea, Clarence Pier
Southsea, Seafront and Pier
A couple of early 20th Century cards of Clarence Pier, Southsea. I hope the horse hasn't been drinking the salt water !!
Southsea, USS New Jersey, Vintage Postcard
No date for this interesting card of the USS New Jersey off Southsea.
This ship is now permanently moored in the Delaware River at
Camden, New Jersey, and is open to visitors. We were in Philadelphia
(which is across the river from Camden) in September 2001 when the
ship arrived at this mooring - everyone thought it was a defensive
measure after September 11 !!
Southsea Common 1926
Southsea Common  - a 1926 postcard.
Southsea, Elm Grove
Elm Grove, Southsea - a rather faded postcard from 1907.
Portsdown Hill, Portsmouth
Portsmouth, Ferry Landing Stage
A 1908 postcard of the Ferry Landing Stage, Portsmouth.
Portsdown Hill, Portsmouth - a postcard mailed in 1906.
Southsea Lighthouse
An Edwardian postcard showing Southsea Lighthouse.
Charles Dickens' Birthplace, Portsmouth
South Parade Pier, Southsea
A nice old view of Southsea Pier.
Portsmouth, Shipping Cattle
An interesting postcard - where are the cattle being shipped to ? The
barges don't look large enough for a sea voyage. Any thoughts ?
Victoria Park, Portsmouth
Southsea Pier
Victoria Park, Portsmouth.
South Parade Pier, Southsea.
A postcard of Charles Dickens' birthplace in
Portsmouth.
HMS Victory
HMS Victory
Queen's Hotel, Southsea
An undated postcard of the Queen's Hotel, Southsea.
South Parade Pier, Southsea.
Did You Know.........that Isambard Kingdom Brunel, the British engineer whose achievements
included the
Great Western Railway, the Clifton Suspension Bridge in Bristol, the SS Great
Britain and the Royal Albert Bridge at Saltash, was born in Portsmouth in 1806 ?

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Victoria Park, Portsmouth
Victoria Park, Portsmouth.
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