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We would like to thank everyone who came to our exhibition and those who have helped us to identify some of the people and places of our town in days gone by. We have started to add images from the latest exhibition to this website: please see the Gosport Gallery for new pictures of Chapel Street and Beach Street and the Wartime Gallery for new D-Day, Fire Boat, and bomb damage to C&N pictures.
Circa 1890, James C. Lawrence founded his photographic business in Gosport.
Over the next 107 years, James, his sons Louis and Arthur, then grandson David, captured every aspect of life in the town in peace and war including street scenes, weddings and social events, naval vessels visiting the harbour, the military, Royal visits and family portraits. A unique archive which records the great events of the 20th century that were to change Britain through the eyes of one town.
For many years this historic collection of old photographs lay forgotten amongst the dust and ephemera of a bygone era, waiting to be rediscovered. On this website, the owner of the archive, J.C.Lawrence’s grandson Anthony Lawrence, has published pictures from the first and second exhibitions of the archive 2011:
The Lawrence Collection, “A Century of Gosport in Pictures”
All of the photographs on this website are available as prints from A4 to A2 in size from J.C.Lawrence & Sons on the finest quality Baryta photographic paper. Every print comes with a certificate of authenticity. If you are interested in purchasing a print or licensing an image, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
The photographs on this site are arranged in galleries which will, over time, be added to as different pictures are published. The images from glass plates have immense detail, however, the pictures here are in low resolution and we apologise for the watermarks: measures which are necessary because of those less scrupulous amongst us. Gosport photos Gosport photographs Gosport photographs
The Waterfront: With new pictures of Porsmouth Harbour frozen over, Calshot Lightship & HMS EAGLE entering the harbour.
Gallery 1: A mixed gallery of photographs with scenes from Alverstoke, the tower at Lee on Solent, RAF GRANGE, charabanc outings and old delivery vans.
New in the Gosport Gallery
12 new pictures including Stoke Road in the 1930s, Chapel Street & Chapel Lane, Hardway and Priory Road.
New in the Ships Gallery
Nine new photographs including HMS ARK ROYAL circa 1938 and the submarine HMS TELEMACHUS
New in the Stokes Bay Gallery
A collection of pictures dating from the nineteen twenties onwards including newly discovered pictures of Stokes Bay Paddling Lake and the Fleet Review of 1937.
New in the Wartime Gallery
Air Raid Wardens on duty in Gosport.
All images on this site are protected by Copyright with all rights reserved. The photographs are reproduced here by kind permission of Anthony Lawrence and may not be copied, edited, adapted, redistributed, altered or otherwise used in any way without the prior written permission of Mr Anthony Lawrence. Any unauthorised publication, copying, hiring, lending or reproduction is strictly prohibited and constitutes a breach of copyright. Gosport old photos old photos Gosport
Anthony Lawrence asserts his rights as sole owner of all intellectual property rights in this archive.
Please contact the Lawrence Archive for further information.
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