About East Southsea Station
The Southsea Line ran between Fratton and East Southsea. It was opened in 1885 to cater mainly for daytrippers and holidaymakers. Two intermediate stops were opened in 1904 at Jessie Road and Albert Road. The line was a moderate success, but services halted in 1914 amid competition from the growing tram network (see GC6FR34 Portsmouth's trams) and economic pressures following the beginning of World War 1. The line was declared closed following the Railways Act of 1923, and the track removed. Three road bridges (over Albert Road, Jessie Road and Goldsmith Avenue) were removed at the same time. Little trace remains of the Southsea Line today, but have a look at a street map of Portsmouth: you can clearly see the curve of the roads following the line of the railway between Fratton station and Granada Road.
East Southsea station was the terminus of the Southsea Line from Fratton. Nothing remains of the station today, but it was a large and grandiose building with a glass roof and three platforms, each over 100m long. The passenger entrance was in what is now Chewter Close, off of Granada Road, some distance west of here. The church in the above photo still stands. After the Southsea Line was closed in 1923 the station became a military munitions store, then a car repair workshop. The building was finally torn down in the 1970s.
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