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Where Is This? No.86

Published on: 3 Dec, 2013
Updated on: 3 Dec, 2013

By David Rose

My thanks once again to everyone who replied to last week’s little mysteries.

And in particular to Brian Holt for adding plenty of detail about the steam lorry accident that took place on the bridge by London Road railway station.

I wondered where the wooden notice board seen in the photo ended up. Might have guessed it’s in Norman Hamshere’s collection!

The arched oak door can be found in Quarry Street. Some interesting details posted about that too. To see last week’s post and all the interesting replies, click here.

Here’s this week’s mysteries…

Can you name this Guildford street and add any facts?

Can you name this Guildford street and add any facts?

Which Guildford street is this? It dates from 1911 and the town’s celebrations for the coronation of George V. The crowd is waiting for the grand procession to pass. The church in the background has gone, but the buildings seen on the left and the right are still there, revealing it to be a fairly wide thoroughfare.

Do you recognise this chapel?

Do you recognise this chapel?

Try to identify this chapel close to the town centre in this week’s ‘quirky’ photo. It’s another place many must pass by on a regular basis, but perhaps don’t give it a lot of attention, unless they worship there.

If you know the answers to this week’s, and perhaps have some comments to make, please leave a reply in the box below. All replies will be posted at about the same time next week, along with a new post with the answers to this week’s vintage photo and quirky picture, and the next pair of images.


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Responses to Where Is This? No.86

  1. Bernard Parke Reply

    December 4, 2013 at 9:12 am

    1)North Street Diamond Jubilee 1897

    2) Baptist Chapel in Chertsey Street.

    It used to be a Primitive Methodist Chapel but this congregation was sold out by the other Methodist group which caused considerable tension in the fifties.

    The hall at the rear was the home of York School for Boys, run by John Gardener.

    The Baptists moved down from Castle Street.

  2. Mary Bedforth Reply

    December 4, 2013 at 9:50 pm

    North Street with Quaker’s Acre on the left.

  3. Ray Springer Reply

    December 8, 2013 at 9:40 am

    The street is North Street.

    The church is the Baptist Chapel in Chertsey Street. Up to 1953 it was a Methodist Chapel, the Baptists were then in Tunsgate and moved to Chertsey Street.

  4. Chris Townsend Reply

    December 8, 2013 at 5:28 pm

    The 1911 photo is of the top of North Street.

    On the left is Quaker’s Acre, a disused burial ground not given to the town until 1927. Next to it, at no. 76, hidden by the tree, is a building erected in 1893 by Simpson’s the drapers who had shops on the High Street (then numbered 27 and 28) backing onto the site.

    I remember no.76 in the 1950s as “Bernard’s”, grocers and greengrocers, who also occupied 27 and 28 High Street.

    The Borough Police Station, built in 1892, is a little lower down North Street (behind the flags). The spire is that of the Methodist Church, and on the right, on the corner of Ward Street, is the Royal Arms Coffee Tavern and Temperance Hotel, sold and its upper rooms taken over by the Guildford Working Men’s Institute in 1891.

    The quirky photo is of the Baptist Chapel, Chertsey Street. For details of its history, see

  5. Brian Holt Reply

    December 9, 2013 at 10:48 pm

    This is North Street taken from where the library is now.

    (2) This is the Baptist Chapel in Chertsey Street.

  6. Judy Oliver Reply

    December 9, 2013 at 10:59 pm

    The street scene is North Street and the chapel is the Baptist Church in Chertsey Street.

  7. Doug and Bill Reply

    December 10, 2013 at 3:24 pm

    It’s North Street from about where the library is.

    The Church is Chertsey Street Baptist Church, the town’s only speedboat friendly church?

    [You are wrong there. They might have an immersion font but it is definitely off limits to you and any speed-boat. Ed.]

  8. Gay Wheeler Reply

    December 10, 2013 at 11:13 pm

    Please correct me I am wrong, but I believe there was a blacksmiths on the site that is now the Library

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