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Scrapbook History No.5

Published on: 18 Mar, 2021
Updated on: 18 Mar, 2021

By David Rose

Further newspaper and magazine cuttings people long ago pasted into scrapbooks.

Most of these are likely to have been published in the Guildford City Outlook magazine and date from around the 1920s and 30s.

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We begin with an engraving of Guildford from the late 17th century.

Three images that were originally published to compare the change in the High Street from 1870 to 1928.

Here is someone having a whinge about changes taking place. Nothing new under the sun then!

And a ‘clock stage and spire’ in North Street that was never built.

Shalford’s old wooden stocks look much the same now – does that wood never rot?

And don’t miss out on David Rose and Geoff Burch’s online illustrated history talk Dave Salmon A Man And His Camera, Monday, March 29, 7.30pm.

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  1. John Lomas Reply

    March 18, 2021 at 2:54 pm

    Are, perhaps, Shalford’s stocks like Theseus’s ship or Trigger’s broom?

    David Rose replies: I reckon the stocks there today are the ones I have always known, so they must be about 60 years old at least.

    • John Lomas Reply

      March 18, 2021 at 10:56 pm

      But what about the years before 1960.
      According to the British Listed Buildings site they date from C18.
      https://tinyurl.com/Shalford-Stocks

      Francis Frith has an 1895 picture. They are on the far left.
      https://www.francisfrith.com/shalford/shalford-st-mary-s-church-1895_35109

      David Rose replies again: I know, I have vintage pictures with them featured. I had a good look at them while walking that way a few months ago. Are they really the originals? The timber is kind of protected with a strip of wood above it. Perhaps that gets changed every so often? On the other hand, I suppose it’s not unlike the beams of old timber-framed buildings that are exposed to the outside and all the elements.

  2. Mat Huth Reply

    March 18, 2021 at 4:38 pm

    Guildford [Congregational] chapel should be reconstructed instead of the ugly Cex building (Norwich House).

    The same story is with even worse: Barclays bank that replaced the church that was demolished around 1980s.

    David Rose replies: I don’t think you will see buildings replaced like for like at present. Buildings always have to be for their purpose. The Methodist Church that was replaced by the bank was pulled down in about 1973. It had become not fit for purpose for those who worshipped there, and there was not the creativity or need then to keep it and convert to another use.

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