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A photographic collection second only to the Chambré Hardman and Reeves archives in size and historical importance

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Circa 1885, 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 as seen 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 three exhibitions that they have held of the archive.


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. 

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World War One Gallery

Commemorating the 100th anniversary of the beginning of the Great War.

 New in the Gosport Gallery

Children playing by the boating lake in the 1920s

The War Memorial Hospital, 1930s

44New in the Waterfront Gallery

The launch of a luxury motor yacht from the Camper & Nicholson

yard in the 1930s.

 Gosport Pontoon from Portsmouth Harbour

New in Gallery 1

The front & Pier Lee on Solent, taken from the East and West side of the pier


The Lawrence Archive, “A Century of Gosport in Pictures”

We would like to thank everyone who has helped us to identify people and places from our photographs. We have added images from the latest exhibition to this website . Please note that we are currently unable to fulfill requests for wedding photographs from before the 1960s due to the negatives not having been catalogued.

 All of the photographs on this website are available as prints in sizes A4, A3 & A2 from J.C.Lawrence & Sons on the finest quality Baryta photographic paper. The prints do not have a watermark on them and are much sharper and more detailed than they look on these pages. Every print comes with a certificate of authenticity. Our mounts are acid free to ensure the longevity of the photographs. Prices are as follows:          

A4 8.4" x 11.8" (21cm X 29.7cm)  £19.95 print only         £29.95  in mount

 A3 11.8"x16.8" (29.7cm x 42cm)  £44.95 print only          £64.95  in mount

A2 16.8"x 23.7" (42cmx 59.4cm)  £82.95 print only          £98.95  in mount

Strip 18.5"x8.5"(47cm x22cm)   £44.95 print only          £64.95  in mount

Licensing fees are calculated on an individual basis.


If you are interested in purchasing a print or licensing an image, please contact us at info@lawrencearchive.com 

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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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