Victoria Park Portsmouth



The lost south side

This map shows the southern end of Victoria Park, which has now been built on. Compare it with the description from a newspaper article below. Swings are clearly marked, and there is an enclosure bottom left, which the article says was for quoits and croquet. There is also a second entrance arch under the railway, next to the croquet lawn.

“The sloping embankments have been thickly planted with shrubs, which will have a pleasing effect after a few years’ growth, and the bare brickwork of the arches will after a while be hidden by ivy, jessamine, and clematis. On the south side of the line, bounded by Park-lane, is a large gravelled ground, to be used as a boys’ playground, and at the extreme south-west corner is a snug little place for croquet or quoits, the railway forming a capital line of demarcation from the larger portion of the Park on the north, on which no games will be permitted.”

Portsmouth Evening News, 4 April 1878

Art in the arch

There will soon be a new artwork displayed in the arch. Check back soon to find out more about the artists.