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The Tricorn Centre
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The Tricorn was designed by the award-winning architect Owen Luder, who also designed Mercantile House now part of Portsmouth University. The Tricorn provided a wholesale fruit and vegetable market to replace the market held in Commercial Road, car parking, shopping and housing. It was opened in 1966 in a recession and its premises were never fully let. One of Portsmouth’s most controversial buildings it was demolished in 2004.
“When I was younger, I used to go to the tricorn market in Commercial road on a Saturday with my mum and spend my pocket money. It’s no longer there now, a car park is in its place but you can still see part of it that is left next to Argos.”- Comment submitted by Julie, a Portsmouth resident.
“The Casbah was my local in 1970 – 72 and I wondered if anyone had any pictures of
it? I remember the landlord was Ron Shepherd. An old chap by the name of Sam
Bessant used to go round taking photos which people could buy for 10p. He
lived off Crasswell St. The Casbah was situated just inside the Tricorn on
Charlotte St.” – A Portsmouth resident.