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Memories of Portsdown Park

Published: 21st May 2012 18:57

 Photo courtesy of CJB Photography www.cjbphotography.co.uk

Portsdown Park was buit on the slopes of Portsdown Hill and was a residential estate consisting of three high-rise tower blocks, maisonettes, flats and houses.

Although it was supposed to be a visionary complex, problems soon started to show with the building work as well as antisocial behaviour.

Portsdown Park had earned itself a bad reputation by the 1980s and with the increasing problems with damp, all residents were rehoused so that the demolition could start in 1987. The site is now the location of the new estate Cosham Heights.

Record your memories or comments about Portsdown Park at the bottom of this article. Just sign in or register first.

 Photo courtesy of Paula Brown

 Thanks to Pat Cook from Haywards in Cosham

 

 Thanks to Pat Cook from Haywards in Cosham

 View of Portsdown Park from Northern Road in 1984 Copyright Portsmouth City Council Leisure Service.
Thanks to http://www.hantsphere.org.uk/

 June 28th 2007

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The photos below were taken during the demolition of the estate between 1987 and 1988. With kind permission from http://www.thejetsetter.co.uk/.  

 

 

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Vikki-Louise G
At 21:29 on 4th January 2008, Vikki-Louise G commented:
Hello to all at aboutmyarea,
my name is Vikki & im a newbie to this site.
I came across your site whilst searching for any info about portsdown park as i lived there from about the age of 6mnths to 11yrs old & i absolutely LOVED that place.I hate the fact that she stands no more as all my childhood memories were stored up there.
Ive been searching the web for a few years now for any info/pictures at all of her,with not a lot of success unfortunately.
Anyways i just had to be the first to add a comment & to ask if anybody has any pictures at all of portsdown park could they please get in contact with me?
Thankyou very much,
Vikki Gates.
Stu L
At 09:57 on 13th October 2009, Stu L commented:
Hi!

I've been searching for more info about Portsdown Park for ages too! There just isn't very much out there is there?

I used to live there, until about '82 ish I think. I would've been 10.

I lived at 497. I have great memories of the house and the rest of Portsdown Park. My mum worked in the pub for a bit too! The Harlequin wasn't it?

I wish there were more photos!
AntMac
At 13:54 on 26th October 2009, AntMac commented:
Hi

It's funny, I can't remember what I was doing last week, or even past holiday X years ago, however I remember every single person and day that past when I lived here. I have mostly fond memories, and yes there were problems, but as a kid it was the biggest playground in the world.

I would love to see a website, e.g. land plot/registry where could add comments to house numbers and build up a map of the place again.

I lived at 409.

Regards to all "parkers"
mattj
At 14:09 on 31st October 2009, mattj commented:
hi antmac, that wouldn't be anthony macvay would it.
your right, it was the biggest playground in the world!!
i can remember just about every day living there
i first live at 434 on the 6th floor massonettes, then at 302 ground floor massonette facing the hill, then the last place we moved to was 302 right opposite the kids home.
RICHIE L
At 19:30 on 10th October 2010, RICHIE L commented:
The kids home was called Kerr House. Does anyone remember the filming of the T.V. series called Going out it was filmed around Portsdown Park The Tricorn and Petersfield pond. Linda Robson from birds of a feather was very young in it. My first memory was the underfloor heating everyone would lay all their clothes on the floor to dry no wonder there was a damp issue We used to sit on the grassed banks and drink bottles of strongbow cider from the harlequin.
jude
At 09:46 on 25th June 2011, jude commented:
hi we lived there for a about a year or so until we moved back up north in the early 80's if i remember rightly it was 437 in the massonettes.
i was wondering if anyone remembers what the school was called just down from the QA hospital? the headmistress used to take her dog with her to school .
Haley Storey
At 11:09 on 25th June 2011, Haley Storey responded:
The school was Portsdown Park Middle School and the infant school was next door. The headteacher was Mrs Moore at the infant school and at the juniors school it was Mr O' flaherty (when I was there anyway!) I didn't know that Mrs Moore took her dog to school though!
jude
At 19:41 on 18th July 2011, jude commented:
ah thanks for that i just remember there being a golden retriever type dog there maybe she only took it the once it was a long time ago when i was there hahaha
jude
At 19:41 on 18th July 2011, jude commented:
ah thanks for that i just remember there being a golden retriever type dog there maybe she only took it the once it was a long time ago when i was there hahaha
jude
At 19:42 on 18th July 2011, jude commented:
ah thanks for that i just remember there being a golden retriever type dog there maybe she only took it the once it was a long time ago when i was there hahaha
jude
At 19:42 on 18th July 2011, jude commented:
ah thanks for that i just remember there being a golden retriever type dog there maybe she only took it the once it was a long time ago when i was there hahaha
AntMac
At 22:41 on 20th July 2011, AntMac commented:
I remember the school, we used to get a big pear drop for completing our exercise book. As you got towards the end of the exercise book your writing suddenly developed huge spaces on the last few pages to get to the end ! LOL. This teacher definitely a dog in the office. She kept the sweets (not the dog) in a massive tin in her office.
Richard Palmer
At 08:51 on 21st July 2011, Richard Palmer commented:
Great to see these photos of Portsdown park. Memories have flooded back to me of the time I lived there. I lived on 3rd floor at number 72
jude
At 16:36 on 25th July 2011, jude commented:
yeah i remember the sweet tin too was starting to think i'd imagined the dog thanks :)
psychicwolf
At 14:27 on 4th August 2011, psychicwolf commented:
It's good to see pictures of the old place. I lived in the middle block of maisonettes 3rd floor and number 305. Got some great memories from those days :). Definately remember Mrs Moore and Mr O'Flaherty.
Gordon rogers
At 13:36 on 16th October 2011, Gordon rogers commented:
I was involved with the building of the roads around portsdown park putting the kerbs in, later in maintaining these propertys.

During a brake from this type of work, I did some mimi bus driving I remember picking some people from there dressed up in cavalier costumes part of some yearly event.
jennie
At 15:46 on 7th April 2012, jennie commented:
hi i was living in portsdown park around 1970s trying to find anyone from that time we lived in the houses near the shop and pub i still remember my mum had great big pillows we used to throw on the floor and warm them up and lay there most of the nite remember dianne and her brother mark and jeanette i also lived in kerr house i also remember a lady called pippi who lived a few doors down wish i could remember more of my friends from there but years have past
jennie
At 15:46 on 7th April 2012, jennie commented:
hi i was living in portsdown park around 1970s trying to find anyone from that time we lived in the houses near the shop and pub i still remember my mum had great big pillows we used to throw on the floor and warm them up and lay there most of the nite remember dianne and her brother mark and jeanette i also lived in kerr house i also remember a lady called pippi who lived a few doors down wish i could remember more of my friends from there but years have past
Stella
At 15:59 on 10th July 2012, Stella commented:
Hi i'm Stella, I moved to Portsdown park in I believe 1982 and lived there for about 2 years.I know i must have photo's somewhere, I will hunt for them.
I moved there from Holland so it was some getting used to lol
But I made a group of amazing friends there, Paula Brown, Sharron Oldfield, Bryan Garard, Steven Barber, Reece and more.
I wonder what they are doing now,I hope life has been good to them xx
buzzbee2
At 00:07 on 1st October 2012, buzzbee2 commented:
buzzbee2
At 00:08 on 1st October 2012, buzzbee2 commented:
Mike
At 02:10 on 12th July 2014, Mike commented:
Mike
At 02:14 on 12th July 2014, Mike commented:
Stella R... OMG, I loved that place too. Was a sad day when you, Paul and your mum left. I loved Portsdown Park, I remember me and Martin Oldfield camping on then hill and cycling down it like loons.

Hope all is well XX
Stella
At 02:38 on 12th July 2014, Stella commented:
Mike Mountain????
Mike
At 03:42 on 12th July 2014, Mike commented:
Hi Stella,

Yes it's me, hope you remember me if not i'll feel such a fool.

How are you, how is Paul and your mum?
Mike
At 03:44 on 12th July 2014, Mike commented:
Hi Stella,

Yes it's me, hope you remember me if not i'll feel such a fool.

How are you, how is Paul and your mum?
Stella
At 08:39 on 12th July 2014, Stella commented:
Ermm I got your name right lol and yep I remember you. Paul is grand, works very hard, has a son and is married to a bitch lol
Mum is doing fine, still walks her dogs every day. Johnny is married to a sweetheart and has two kids and a good job. me I have two kids, never married and I had a good job lol..what about you?
Mike
At 21:29 on 12th July 2014, Mike commented:
Sorry if my posts are not going through, tried several times but nothing shows up. Wish there was a better way to chat.

Love to you and the family, tell Paul I said hello and get his bitch in hand LoL… Thinking of you all.. xxx
Maz
At 08:54 on 4th September 2017, Maz commented:
Hi I'm hoping to find anyone who knew my mum Toni parker from buckland area me an my sister woz put in care an never saw her again, we also lived in portsdown park in the early to mid 80s in flat 51 an 300 if anyone knew her please can u get in touch with me thanks
Stella
At 12:13 on 4th September 2017, Stella commented:
I personally can't 'remember the name Toni, I'm sorry hun
Maz
At 12:18 on 4th September 2017, Maz commented:
That's ok shame I do a pic n here as people myt recognise her
Mike
At 18:04 on 4th September 2017, Mike commented:
Hi Maz,

I'm probably wrong but if it helps, I used to live in Grafton Street Buckland in the late 80s early 90s. I was in No; 176 and a single woman called Toni lived about 2 doors along from me. She had some kids taken from her.

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