Waverley Road?

Just an update on one of the unidentified walkies I posted a few weeks back.  When I looked more carefully there was a very faded pencil mark on the back of one, which looked like “Southsea, 1938”.  I did some hunting on the web and think the two women were walking down Waverley Road towards the seafront and pier. Southsea is below Portsmouth.

waverley road southsea

The tops of two very distinctive buildings are visible in the 1938 view. It is almost impossible to get the same angle today but this is the only view which fits the architecture. Almost the whole street on the right has been redeveloped; originally a local branch line came down to a station here (Southsea East).  This was shut in 1914 but much of it survived into the Fifties used by local businesses, and has only been replaced relatively recently.

waverley road southsea

The houses at the end of the street, where the ladies are, seem to have been pulled down to make room for a roundabout, and the shops on the left behind them have mostly been badly converted to low-rent accommodation.  Back then there were a number of hotels further down the street (one now converted to a school) and this is perhaps what drew the walkie cameraman to a location which was clearly a lot busier then than it is now.

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