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Rose Of England

Picture source: Eugene


The Rose Of England was situated at 14-16 Spring Street. This pub was present by 1865 and rebuilt in 1989. Now used as a retail outlet - the old tiled name is hidden behind the plywood facia board.
It is now a cafe I believe. My mother Lydia Boniface ran this pub with my help for four years, 1944 to 1948. It sold beer only, drawn from the barrel – no wines or spirits. Used almost entirely by the RN although the bookmakers of Portsmouth met every Monday lunch time to “settle up”. There was a piano in the pub and once had the great pleasure of an evenings playing by Stanley Black’s pianist. V J night was well celebrated too I remember. For me – well I met my husband there and we clocked up 68 years of marriage.
Eugene (May 2019)

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Name Dates Comments
Sue Rook 1961 My grandparents Harry & Nora Armstrong ran the pub.
Paul Prudhomme 1976-1981 As a member of the RCN, I had the immense pleasure of making quite a few port visits over the years to Pompey. The very first place me and my mates would go for a pint when the brow was opened, was to the Rose of E. Fred and Lottie ran the place back then and we always felt so at home there. It is part of my fondest memories of my 21 years in the Navy.
Peter Knipe 1958-1959 My mum used this pub a lot around this time and before, I was run over out side this pub in spring street Portsmouth by a lorry it was in November or December as me and my brother were (penny for the guy) on the pubs door step I remember coming round In the pub on a table before the ambulance came I was around 7 years old.

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