Looking back to 1870

A little lockdown diversion for you. We’ve had a few inquiries to the website from people asking what’s going on with the ‘Railway Cottages’ at Langstone, now that the remnants from the fire appear to have been demolished.

For the latest details, check out the planning history here. The local planning authority – Havant Borough Council – issued a Listed Building Enforcement Notice to the owner, who appealed to the Planning Inspector. The appeal decision makes interesting reading.

In the meantime, we’ve been looking at the detail of the 1870 Ordnance Survey map which shows Langstone Station as it was back then.

If you want to take a look at the rest of Havant as an extract from the same map, click the image below and it will open in a new browser tab through which you may zoom in to the detail.

Note – This map is shared for non-commercial use only, based on a privately funded download from the National Library of Scotland.


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