Photos taken more inland in Portsmouth
The subjects of these photos are away from the sea front (some of them only just!) I would have liked more time to walk around the City, but I only had 3 days available to shoot all these (including the sea-front ones!) Maybe the gallery will be expanded in the future.
St. Thomas' Cathedral (C. of E.) The original part of the Cathedral (East end) dates back as early as 1185! For years, the present Cathedral had a brick west wall. It was finally completed in 1991!
The smart new west end. The main tower contains 10 bells, with a 26 cwt. tenor.
The Royal Garrison Church. This Church has some significant meaning to me, as it's where my parents met. If it were not for this Church, I may not be here! The nave was ruined by a WWII bomb in 1941.
Southsea castle. Built in 1544 for Henry VIII, to protect the country from invaders.
St. John's Cathedral (RC) I'm sorry about the two offensive trees in this shot. Admittedly I should have found a better spot to take the photo!
Looking from a position in a war memorial near the guildhall square towards Portsmouth guildhall.
A view across the guildhall square to Portsmouth guildhall, dating from 1959. The building before this, as with so many parts of this area (it's fairly near the dockyard,) was destroyed in 1945 by a WWII bombing raid.
St. Mary's Portsea. This Church, with its Cathedral-like proportions, is where I learned the art of bell ringing. I thought I'd include more of this magnificent building...
...The Church has a tower which rises to 200', containing a ring of eight bells, tenor 17 cwt...
...I remember as a youngster climbing the 78 steps to the ringing chamber every practise night, sometimes twice on Sunday, and sometimes more than once some Saturdays to ring for weddings, for which we were paid the princely sum of 50p per wedding!
The Tricorn, built in 1966. In 1967, the Tricorn won a Civic Trust award for its "exciting visual composition". The following year it was voted Britain's fourth ugliest building in a poll of 500 designers. It's now scheduled for demolition, and as this photo shows, it's boarded up ready for its fate!
Royal Marine barracks, Eastney. Built around 1862. Now a residential area. Click here to learn more.
A former sewage pumping station in Eastney built in 1887. It houses two 300 horsepower beam engines. This really Victorian building is now a museum.
The "rose garden" in Southsea, where many varieties of roses are on display.
The first of three views overlooking the whole of Portsea Island from Portsdown hill. This looks down the eastern side, and Lagstone harbour can be seen here.
Another view from Portsdown hill. This looks over central Portsea Island.
A view looking over the west side of Portsea Island. This more or less looks down Portsmouth harbour. In the distance you can see the dockyard. The Millennium tower mentioned earlier can be seen in the distance.
If you're inquisitive, you may have wondered what's on the other side of Portsdown hill. Well, here it is!
This is a photo taken 16 months or so after the one before. The Tricorn is gone, and waiting for the next project on this site! I believe, yet another shopping mall?
Ladywood House. Portsmouth's tallest residential building. At 24 stories, it scrapes it into the skyscraper domain!
A view of Portsmouth station from a bridge known as "Jacob's Ladder"!
Portsmouth & Southsea Station, as it's called!
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A mural on the side of a building, on a junction known by locals as "the Strand"
Flemings clock tower in Castle Road. Not quite as old as you may think, dating from 1903.
Queen Victoria and Prince Albert were never far apart when they were alive. Here you can see they're still very much together, if only in road names!
The Kings theatre, Albert Road. This is the only remaining theatre in Portsmouth.