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Can You Identify These Locations? (10)

Published on: 28 Feb, 2012
Updated on: 28 Feb, 2012

by David Rose

A view looking up Farnham Road was one of the two mystery images shown last time.

Bernard Parke correctly identified it, but was a little off track suggesting the picture postcard of Echo Pit showed an entrance to a railway tunnel.

Name this Guildford road?

A bit more research needs to be done on this one. Echo Pit Road is, of course, reached from Pilgrims Way, that is off Shalford Road. I would like know whether there is any trace of the feature that was once within a chalk quarry. A good deal of house buiulding has taken place here since the postcard was published in the early 1900s.

This time (see above) there is a Guildford street scene from the early 1900s. Which road is it?

It is likely that the man on the left boarding up his shop front is doing so because the glass was shattered as a result of ‘Guildford’s twister’ – also known as the ‘Great Storm’ of August 2, 1906.

The town had been enjoying a heatwave that summer, but on the evening of Thursday, August 2, 1906, “thick black clouds came up from the west, and by eight o’clock it seemed certain that Guildford would be visited by a heavy storm,” reported the Surrey Times. “By 8.15pm the whole district was covered by dense clouds. Lightning flashes, magnificent in their brilliance, followed each other with unequalled frequency. The rain was followed by hail – some hailstones being as big as marbles. The wind was terrific in its violence, and it was impossible to stand against it. It rose suddenly and abated almost as suddenly.”
Guildford was a scene of much devastation. Trees were uprooted, roofs were torn from buildings, chimney-stacks crumbled and debris was spread all around.
Where is this? It’s likely the photo was taken in 1935.

The second picture shows a public place in Guildford. It was lit up around the time of the opening of some specific parts of it. That was in 1935. So, where is it?

Leave a post below – answers and more details in a week’s time.

2 Responses to “Can You Identify These Locations? (10) by David Rose”

  1. Bernard Parke says:

    1) Woodbridge Road looking towards St Saviour’s.

    2) Stoke Park Gardens lit up for either The Silver Jubilee in 1935 or the 1937 coronation.

    Perhaps the latter

  2. David & Ann Bailey says:

    The first picture is of Woodbridge Road looking towards St Saviour’s Church.
    The second picture is the paddling pool at Stoke Park

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