Southsea, Canoe Lake c.1955
Photo ref: S161049
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One of Southsea's most famous landmarks is South Parade Pier, opened in 1879 and rebuilt in 1908 following a fire. Near it is the town's popular canoe lake, once part of the 'Great Morass', a pond on the heath that was once popular with snipe shooters.

A Selection of Memories from Southsea

For many years now, we've been inviting visitors to our website to add their own memories to share their experiences of life as it was, prompted by the photographs in our archive. Here are some from Southsea

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This is about the place on the pebbled Southsea Beach where our family always established their bit of 'turf'. There was a whole ritual to it ...setting up the blanket so it wouldn't get blown out to sea..the baskets of delicious ham sandwiches and the bottles of home made ginger ale ! My step parents always had The Times or a Penguin book at hand whilst my step grandfather, Pop, smoked his pipe and Mum, knitted. ...see more