Southsea, The South Parade Pier c.1935
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The South Parade pier is the more traditional of Southsea's two piers. It was opened in 1879 by Princess Saxe-Weimar, and it was extensively rebuilt in the Edwardian era after a fire in 1904. A spacious pavilion included a 1200-seater theatre, which has since been replaced by a smaller structure. The rock opera 'Tommy' was filmed here.

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This selection of vintage photographs shows some of our finest piers in their heyday, recalling their glory days when seaside piers were at the heart of the traditional British family holiday.

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