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Can You Identify These Locations? (11)

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

by David Rose

No problems with correct answers to the mystery pictures on the previous post.

Bernard Parke and the Baileys once again identified the view of Woodbridge Road and a view looking towards the paddling pool in Stoke Park.

The paddling pool, boating pond and rockery were originally called the Jubilee Gardens and therefore date back to 1935.

Can you name the church and also the building in the background?

This time around: the picture above appears to show people spilling out on to the street after a church service. Where is it?

And can anyone name the building that can be seen beyond the people and in the middle of the picture?

Can you name the street and what was going on?

The second picture shows some building work going on. Where is it?

I think I know what’s under construction, but perhaps someone can add specific details and a rough date.

Over to you all. Please submit your answers below.

If you would like to see more unusual picture postcards relating to Guildford, come along to the illustrated talk Martin Giles and I are are giving at Ye Olde Ship Inn on Tuesday, November 1. Click here for more details.

  1. David Rose says:

    Thank you to those have have already responded. Many of you are correct. I will publish all comments at the end of the week. Please keep them coming!

  2. Carol Norris says:

    1st Picture :
    The Church is St. Nicolas at the end of Bury Street.
    The next building with a Georgian front is Ayres (or perhaps Ayers) the bakers which was between Bury Street and Portsmouth Road. It had a room fronting on to Bury Street that was sometimes used as a tea room and for “functions” and also at one time for a weekly antiques market. Mr Ayers drove a Rolls Royce that we used to call the Bread Rolls.
    The hotel in the centre of the picture (can’t remember its name) between Portsmouth Road and The Mount was, I believe, a “commercial hotel” generally used by travelling salesmen. At the bottom of The Mount on the opposite side and not in the picture was Mr Tilling’s hairdressers and chiropodists.

  3. Mike says:


    I believe these are closer to St Catherine’s than some of the others you have shown.

    The first is St Nicholas, looking towards the Mount. The building on the corner of The Mount and Portsmouth Road is the Welcome Coffee Tavern, later becoming the Weyside Temperance Hotel.

    The second shows Quarry St – the three houses are still there and easily identified from the roof line. At first I thought it might be the digging out of the Millbrook Car Park but I now think its the realignment and construction of Quarry St itself to allow for the generation of Millbrook as the main way out of town towards Shalford. Many of the old houses on Quarry St were demolished so that their plots and gardens could be used for the new roads. The back gardens used to run down to the River. I can only estimate the date to around 1961 or 1962.

    Mike B

  4. Bernard Parke says:

    1) St Nicolas Church

    2) One of the 97 pubs that were in The Borough at the turn of he last century

    3) Quarry Street repairing the retaining wall of the river embankment .

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