FOOPA managed to accrue a surplus of over £900 this year after a lack of activity due to lockdown. After consultation with its membership, it was decided to put half the money towards a subsidised social event and the other half donated to local charities that supported some of those more adversely affected by the pandemic. Portsmouth Family Welfare Association and the Roberts Centre were identified as two worthy recipients for their work supporting children and families.

Another Pompey Link, Mary Hinds 2011

Isn’t it strange how one thing leads to another. I read last year’s FOOPA Review and recently met with Terry Halloran who had written how Pompey Football Club had been formed in the garden of Felton House in the High Street. I started telling him of my links with Pompey and he said I should write it down so here are some of the loosely related things we talked about in Pembroke Park.

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Local people, Ros Watson
Terry Halloran

I wrote and agreed this with Ros Watson early in 2015. Sadly, Ros died suddenly on 26 July 2015 and I’ve had to change some tenses but hope this is a fitting tribute. I sadly missed her funeral but she made me smile by choosing as her closing tune ‘A Life on the Ocean Wave’. I wish I’d been there. This is a picture of her still working at the Cathedral House weekly lunch on her 90th birthday!

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Norman Barber passed away peacefully at home on 27th April, just two weeks before his 97th birthday. He was, until recently, an active member of FOOPA.

The Funeral Service will be held at Portsmouth Cathedral at 1.30 pm on Friday 26th May 2017. All are invited to refreshments afterwards at the family home.

There will be a private committal at the crematorium.Family flowers only please, but charitable donations, if desired in favour of the Royal Artillery Charitable Fund (Charity No 238197), may be made to Barrells Funeral Directors at 245 Fratton Road Portsmouth PO1 5PA (023 9282 4831).

Sir William Robert Patrick  aka ‘Robin’ Knox-Johnston, CBE

Robin Knox-Johnston was born in Putney in London and was educated at the Berkhamstead Boys school. From 1957 to 1965 he served in the Merchant Navy and the Royal Naval Reserve.

This shot was taken off the coast of India before his tiny ketch Suhaili was rigged in 1965. Robin was diving for gold for the Indian Customs at the time. Sadly he says he didn’t find anything – but if he had, would he have gone on to do what he did? Later that year he sailed Suhaili from Bombay to England. Due to a lack of money he had to interrupt his voyage for work in South Africa and was only able to complete it in 1967.

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Memories of Old Portsmouth, Keith Feltham

Although many of the buildings in Old Portsmouth had been destroyed during the war, there were also many which had survived but have since been demolished. On the corner of Lombard Street and St Thomas’s Street there was a bombed site but, as I remember it, most of the houses on the northwest side from No 81 up to the Penny Bank on the corner of Highbury Street had survived. These were imposing residences and appear to have been of some importance. You can see the steps leading to these houses on the left of the photo and access to our house was through a narrow passage between these two houses just where the car is parked.

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Half a century of memories, from Peter Richmond

She said that she chose their future home ‘Quaygate’ in High Street after spending a couple of hours with a local house agent with her 18 month old son Jeremy in tow!

Mollie now lives in St Thomas’s Court where, back in 1957, she was shown a house then newly built. She remembered how bleak it looked because none of the houses had front gardens as very few were occupied. These were then on the market for £2,500 – what a difference 50 years makes. Mollie really needed a larger house with more outside space so ‘Quaygate’ suited very well but was more expensive at £3,500!

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106 and 109 Penny Street, Rob Wood

By the end of the 1700s, the tavern had degenerated into a place of notoriety before becoming a private home “The Little Endowment House” in memory of a Colonel Little of the Indian Army.

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What to See

Round Tower & Saluting Platform
Access to the Round Tower can be obtained across the open space about half way down Broad Street. Although the Tower is not generally open to the public, the adjacent steps lead to a good viewpoint at the top of the Tower.

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No 4 Broad Street

Written by Peter Richmond

From my earliest memories, everyone was always welcome and the back door was never locked. The front door was seldom used and anyone who visited, whether it was the milkman or a potential client wanting a boat built, came in by the side passage, through the scullery and into the kitchen/dining room. Far more casual and easy going than these days.

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Buckingham House

Buckingham House acquired its name from George Villiers, the first Duke of Buckingham, who was murdered in the house by John Felton on 23 August 1628.The Duke of Buckingham was responsible for paying the army and navy, and was unpopular because he regularly failed to do so.

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Gunwharf Gate

In the 17th and 18th centuries, the number of poor people in the town became a problem and in 1725 a Poorhouse was built on a site at the north east end of Warblington Street. The land is now occupied by part of the electricity sub-station buildings. Highbury Street was originally known as Colewort Garden Street, and extended through to Gunwharf Road (then Prospect Row).

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Spinnaker Tower

Emirate Spinnaker Tower PortsmouthThe people of Portsmouth, given the opportunity to vote for their particular preference, selected the design of the Tower from three schemes, although there were those who would have liked another option – no tower at all. However, for better or worse, the Tower is now complete and it is in everyone’s interest that it should be a success.

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Lord Nelson

Here he has his back to the 11th century Royal Garrison Church (known as Domus Dei and where one of the choir stalls is dedicated to him) and he can see over the Saluting Platform to the entrance of the harbour.

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From the Roberts Centre