Alice Maud Chase in Portsmouth Guildhall - between 10 January, 1941, 12:00 AM and 1960

from The memoirs of Alice Maud Chase, page 48:

[Portsmouth Town Hall was hit by German bombs on 10 January 1941. It was re-built and re-opened in June 1959. When Portsmouth was raised to city status in 1926 the town hall was renamed Portsmouth Guildhall].


I stood out in Linden Grove [in Gosport] and saw the light in the sky of a hundred fires the night [Portsmouth Town Hall] was burnt down. Now it has been rebuilt and I have been there and heard the “Messiah” sung again after twenty years and enjoyed every minute of it. There is no doubt about it: I have lived.

cite as

Alice Maud Chase, The memoirs of Alice Maud Chase. In Brunel University Burnett Archive of Working Class Autobiographies, number 1:141, p. 48. accessed: 19 July, 2024

location of experience: Portsmouth Guildhall


Alice Maud Chase
apprentice dress maker

Listening to

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written by George Frederic Handel

Experience Information

Date/Time between 10 January, 1941, 12:00 AM and 1960
Medium live
Listening Environment in the company of others, indoors, in public

Originally submitted by 5011Henning on Tue, 19 Jun 2018 16:59:22 +0100
Approved on Tue, 07 Aug 2018 16:24:12 +0100