A short “Street View” tour of my childhood

by Matt Mecham on March 11, 2010

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Today Google ‘unlocked’ their street view mapping for 95% of the UK. Like thousands of other net users, this morning I spent a little while viewing personal landmarks. I grew up in Gosport, a small town on the south coast near Portsmouth. I still go down occasionally to visit family but I haven’t seen many places in Gosport for a while.

So, please join me as I take a short trip down memory lane:

Welch Road, The house (oval glass on the door) I grew up in as a child / teen. I used to spend Saturday mornings digging over the small front garden. I used to sit on that wall waiting for the ice cream van to come down the road in summer.

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Around the corner and down the road used to be the “Eight ‘Till Late”; a convenience store I used to work in during the weekends as a teen. It looks like the shutters are down permanently now.

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Brockhurst Infant School: Remember this school very well. It had a kitchen which the junior school a short walk up the road didn’t have, so every lunch time the “cookies” would wheel a large metal trolley up the road to the junior school.

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Brockhurst Junior School: Remember this fondly.

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Grove Road Park, where we used to walk the dogs and spend hours as a kid. It leads down to the water front where we used to go looking for crabs.

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We also used to go to “Hardway” which was about a 20 minute walk from our house.

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Brune Park School. Have mixed memories. Remember walking into these gates with a sense of dread most mornings.

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Not far from there is Fort Brockhurst, one of the many impressive Palmerston forts in the area.

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Stokes Bay, opposite the Isle of Wight. I learned to drive in that car park in the distance. We used to drive our cars and spend hours at night there.

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Lee-On-Solent: The building closest to the coast is/used to be an arcade where we spent a lot of time playing on the coin operated machines.

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This concludes our tour. Thank you for joining me.


1 Tom Christian March 11, 2010 at 12:06 pm

You went to Brockenhurst Junior School matt ?

I finished Brockenhurst College two years ago!

2 admin March 11, 2010 at 2:07 pm

Brockhurst Junior School in Gosport, not to be confused with Brock-en-hurst. :)

3 AstonJ March 11, 2010 at 2:49 pm

Nice tour. I couldn’t do one tho.

The house where I grew up – has been demolished – to make way for a road.
My infants school – has been demolished – now a car park.
My junior school – has been demolished – same as above.
My comprehensive school – has, you guessed it, been demolished too! (Best school ever tho!)
The uni is still standing… at least for now.. they want to move it to the river bank!

4 William Hook March 11, 2010 at 3:12 pm

Looks like a nice place to live. Sadly I too can’t do a tour because where I grew up isn’t on Street View yet, at all. Except it might be by the end of this year, so maybe I’ll do one then. :)

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