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Where Is This? No.116

Published on: 2 Jul, 2014
Updated on: 2 Jul, 2014

By David Rose

Once again, correct replies to the mystery vintage picture showing The Street in Compton, and the quirky picture showing the sign on Wycliffe Buildings in Portsmouth Road.

Click here to see last week’s post and all the replies at the foot of it with lots of added detail.

My thanks also go to John Lomas who has added some extra information about old maps that reveal details about the old footpath or trackway mentioned in number 114 that appears to run from Worplesdon and on down through a part of Stoughton.

So on to this week’s mysteries…

Which building can be seen on the right?

Which building can be seen on the right?

The vintage photo shows a group of students at a place of education in Guildford – possibly not long after it was opened. Do you know where this is and by what name most of us still know it as? Can you add any details about the date of its construction and when it was opened?

Do you recognise this building?

Do you recognise this building?

The quirky photo is a zoomed in shot of a building in Guildford town centre. Do you recognise it?

If you know the answers, please leave a reply in the box below. Replies will be published at about the same time next week along with the next pair of images.


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Responses to Where Is This? No.116

  1. Bernard Parke Reply

    July 3, 2014 at 12:29 am

    1) Guildford Technical College. the upper storey was added in the fifties. It also shows Joan Hester who worked at Dennis Bros and still lives in Powell Close.
    2) The three pigeons

  2. John Lomas Reply

    July 3, 2014 at 6:39 pm

    I think the main photo is the County School for Girls on Farnham Road and I believe the quirky one is at the top of the High Street just before the North St junction.

    If you look at the B/W photo on WiT #88 I think it is the building just visible above and behind the carnival queen.

  3. Ray Springer Reply

    July 4, 2014 at 10:22 am

    This is the Technical College in Stoke Road on the edge of Stoke Park.
    The foundation stone was laid in 1937 and the building was completed in 1939, although it was initially requisitioned by the War Department for the government.
    I actually went to school there from 1948 to 1951 at the Junior Tech.
    The quirky picture is of the Three Pigeons in the High Street, one of the few remaining old pubs in Guildford, with records going back to the 17th century.

  4. Mark Knight Reply

    July 5, 2014 at 8:17 pm

    Is that Guildford Technical College, Stoke Road, and the Three Pigeons pub, top of High Street?

  5. David Bennett Reply

    July 5, 2014 at 9:16 pm

    The building is the Guildford Technical College in Stoke Road and the other coloured picture is of the upper floor of the Three Pigeons pub in the High Street.

  6. Brian Holt Reply

    July 7, 2014 at 9:24 pm

    Kings College a secondary school and sixth form located in Southway Park Barn, photo was taken from where the children’s playground is now.
    The school was first opened as Park Barn School in the late 1950s and has faced many challenges being renamed Kings Manor in 1991.The year 2000 saw the school re-open as Kings College, and an almost entirely new staff were hired with the school refurbished.
    The college established a sixth form in 2009, which was described as good in the 2011 Ofsted report with overall rating of the school being satisfactory.
    In 2005 four house groups were created these were Green Russell, Yellow-Newton, Blue-Austin and Red Franklin,
    When the school was originally opened (as Park Barn) the houses were named after the Queens residences, Buckingham (blue), Balmoral (Green), Windsor (Yellow), Sandringham (Red).

    Photo no 2, on the left is above Aveda, a salon and apa shop, with the Three Pigeons pub next door.

  7. Chris Townsend Reply

    July 8, 2014 at 5:16 pm

    The vintage photo is of the “Tech” or “County Technical College and School of Art”. Building began in 1937. From

    the Tech “moved to its new home in Stoke Park in 1939. … at the outbreak of war the new college, complete with purpose-built underground air-raid shelters, was immediately requisitioned by the War Office who moved sections of Surrey County Hall and Wandsworth Technical School to the building. RAF and Naval Officers were also trained in radar technology at the site.”

    Before the Civic Hall opened in 1962, the large hall at the Tech was a venue for concerts, singing competitions, school prize-givings and so on.

    The quirky photo is of The Three Pigeons, (though only two have managed to get in the picture.)

  8. Margaret Cole Reply

    July 9, 2014 at 12:24 am

    The picture with all the girls in front is of the Guildford Technical College Stoke Road.
    The old building is of the Three Pigeons in the High Street opposite Holy Trinity Church. I used to be a Saturday girl there in the sixties. The kitchen was on the ground floor and to get the food up there was a dumb waiter which was operated by pulling on ropes, how things have changed.

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