The map below shows the locations* of almost nine hundred pubs that traded in Portsmouth since the early-to-mid 19th century. Most have sadly been demolished (and many were destroyed by bombs during the Second World War), whilst others have been converted to alternative use. These can often be identified by looking for evidence of glazed brickwork or tiling on the frontage, half-timbered decoration to the upper floors of the buildings or maybe carved masonry depicting brewers’ liveries or cyphers. The last decade has been a particularly bad period for closures and conversions, with many pubs being turned into residential accommodation or convenience stores.
Use the zoom facility to navigate around the map to clearly see the locations of the pubs, or use the drop-down alphabetical menu at the top of the page to discover more about many of them. Within this section you shall also find a page featuring a number of hand-drawn maps showing the locations of hundreds of lost pubs around the most populated parts of the city. The pubs featured in the alphabetical listings all include accompanying photographs. Pubs without photographs only appear on the maps. More information can be found in the Pub Names section.
The Webmaster always welcomes photographs of the city’s lost pubs from other sources – indeed, this section is being added to regularly, as more photographs become available. If you think you have a non-copyrighted image of a former Portsmouth pub that doesn’t appear on this site, please feel free to submit it by clicking here. Contributors shall of course receive a credit.
*Please note that, on the map below, where streets no longer exist, an approximation (as accurate as possible) is made to the locality of the pub in question. This has been done with the help of 1896 Ordnance Survey maps and old Kelly’s street directories. You can of course use the images of the hand-drawn maps to cross-reference locations.