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Where is This? No.131

Published on: 15 Oct, 2014
Updated on: 15 Oct, 2014

By David Rose

Some readers not only correctly identified last week’s mystery vintage photo as being Stoke Lock, but two of them, Brian Holt and Malcolm Fincham recognised it has being used by me once before – Where is This? No.12

Sorry about that. Another repeat that has slipped my mind and slipped through the net! Other readers suggested Bower’s or Triggs Lock. There is a lock-keeper’s cottage at Triggs, but it is much smaller that the one at Stoke.

The quirky photo, as many corrected identified, is a door and windows at Guildford Museum in Quarry Street. Click here for last week’s post and all the replies, with lots of additional facts.

Can anyone solve the mystery of where this well is or was?

Can anyone solve the mystery of where this well is or was?

This week’s vintage photo has certainly not featured here before. It was recently emailed to me from regular reader John Lomas. The trouble is neither of us know where this well is or was. Well (to use an intended pun), have you any idea?

John tells me that the photo features him when he was a lad with his parents and pet dog. At the time they lived at Ash. The photo dates to the early 1960s and he says the location must be within a 10-mile radius of Guildford and Ash.

My first thoughts, looking at the stone walling and that there appears to be a tree-covered hill or ridge in the background is that it may be somewhere to the south of the Hog’s Back – perhaps Seale, The Sands, and so on. Has anyone any thoughts?

Do you recognise this feature in Guildford town centre?

Do you recognise this feature in Guildford town centre?

The quirky photo shows a wind vane on top of a green dome. It’s central Guildford and although the street may have been featured before, this view was snapped by me one sunny morning a couple of week’s ago.

If you know the answers to this week’s and can perhaps add some extra facts, please leave a reply in the box below. They will be published at about this time next week along with two more mystery images.

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Responses to Where is This? No.131

  1. Chris Townsend Reply

    October 19, 2014 at 6:12 pm

    The wind vane belongs to Onslow Bridge Chambers, probably photographed from the Y Centre, with the top of Blenheim House office block in the background. In Kelly’s Directory of Surrey, 1905, there’s an ad. for “Messrs. Richard Rowbotham & Co., Auctioneers and Valuers, Onslow Bridge Chambers …”, which might explain the letter R on the wind vane. Rowbotham’s continued there until at least the 1950s, and had been in business in Guildford (with various partners and locations) as early as the 1870s.

    I don’t recognize the well. Might it be not in the centre of a village, but in the grounds of a big house, such as Loseley or Limnerslease, somewhere you might visit on a day out?

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