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Where Is This? No.132

Published on: 22 Oct, 2014
Updated on: 22 Oct, 2014

By David Rose

The images seen here last week must have really stumped readers – just one reply from Chris Townsend.

She could not help with the mystery of where the well was or is sited. So, if anyone can supply an answer or even make a suggestion, I, and John Lomas who sent in the photo, would like to know.

The quirky photo showed the wind vane on Onslow Bridge Chambers in Bridge Street. Click here to see last week’s post and the additional information Chris supplied.

Let’s see if this week’s can be answered correctly.

Which National Trust property is this?

Which National Trust property is this?

The vintage photo is another sent in by John Lomas. I guess it dates to the 1960s or 70s?

Those of you who know your local National Trust properties should be able to recognise the view. As a clue, it is a few miles to the east of Guildford.


Where can the David Rose Construction sign be found?

The quirky photo was sent in by Bill and Doug Stanniforth. They are not the first to alert me to my namesake and wonder if I have another career on the go. I can safely say that this David Rose (ie me) is definitely not in the construction business, but I’d love to learn how to correctly lay a good course of bricks!

Whoever the firm is, it is currently doing renovation work on some buildings in the centre of Guildford – the ‘upper’ part. But exactly where?

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.132

  1. Chris Townsend Reply

    October 23, 2014 at 7:52 pm

    The vintage photo is of Polesden Lacey, near Great Bookham. (Is last week’s mystery well there?)

    The sign is on part of the Norfolk House block, on the North Street side of the junction with Upper High Street, above Ryman’s shop.

  2. Bernard Parke Reply

    October 24, 2014 at 1:25 pm

    Polesden Lacey.

  3. Mary Bedforth Reply

    October 25, 2014 at 7:14 am

    1 Polesden Lacey. National Trust regional HQ.

    2 No idea. 🙂

  4. Ray Springer Reply

    October 25, 2014 at 8:40 pm

    The National Trust property is Clandon Park.
    Built in 1730 by Thomas Onslow on the site of an Elizabethan property bought by Richard Onslow in 1641.The house was designed by Giacomo Leoni in the Palladian style.
    The quirky photo is Rymans at the top of North Street on the junction with Upper High Street. When I saw this I jokingly thought this was yet another of your ventures David (With Joining In! maybe).

  5. Graham Moore Reply

    October 26, 2014 at 11:49 am

    Polesden Lacey, Great Bookham.

  6. John Lomas Reply

    October 26, 2014 at 3:43 pm

    Is the modern picture the building on Leapale Lane opposite College Road?

    • John Lomas Reply

      October 26, 2014 at 3:58 pm

      A look at a mid 60’s map tells me that the building I refered to previously was the Telephone Exchange.

  7. Chaz Folkes Reply

    October 27, 2014 at 11:28 am

    The NT property is Polesden Lacey. I think that the negative was turned the wrong way around when the photo was developed as the shorter of the two walls should be on the left of the colonnade.

    Your namesake is restoring the building on the junction of North Street and High Street above Rymans.

  8. Brian Holt Reply

    October 27, 2014 at 11:52 pm

    (1)This photo was taken from the theatre lawn and is the back view of Polesdon Lacey, Great Bookham. This was the country home of Margaret Greville, who led an interesting life which began in Edinburgh as a daughter of millionaire brewer William McEwan.
    He gave her the money £80,000 to buy Polesden Lacey in 1906. She entertained royalty and the celebrities of her time. “This is a delicious house,” remarked Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother on her honeymoon at Polesden Lacey.
    In 1915 Mrs Greville opened the north and west sides of the house as a convalescent home for soldiers injured during The Great War, King George V and Queen Mary visited the soldiers in August that year.
    On 1st September 1960 a serious fire broke out in Polesden Lacey’s Mansion flats and visitors helped to carry the collection from the showrooms to safety. Mrs Greville’s bedroom was badly damaged and many rooms needed to be redecorated.

    (2)I think I saw this in upper High Street opposite the entrance to Eastgate Gardens.

  9. Doug and Bill Reply

    October 28, 2014 at 5:07 pm

    1: Polesden Lacey
    2: David Rose’s top secret Speedboat construction site

  10. margaret cole Reply

    October 28, 2014 at 8:51 pm

    The National Trust property is Polesden Lacey Great Bookham. This Edwardian retreat was the home of Margaret Greville, a great society hostess, daughter of William McEwan Brewer, from Scotland. The house was bought in 1906 and left to the National Trust in 1942. Most famous for Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother and George V1 spending their honeymoon there in 1923.

    The David Rose construction is probably in the Martyr Road area not too sure, they’re certainly getting more obscure.

  11. Paul Hart Reply

    October 29, 2014 at 4:13 am

    The first of these pictures is where Her Majesty the Queen’s parents spent their honeymoon in 1923.

    We really do need to get to the bottom of last week’s well.

  12. Carol Norris Reply

    October 29, 2014 at 11:06 am

    Picture 1 : Polesden Lacy

  13. John Lomas Reply

    October 30, 2014 at 9:23 am

    My apologies if the photo is the wrong way round, at that period I was using transapency film and when scanning into a computer file it is easy to recognise errors when writing appears or in close ups, rather more difficult when it is 40yrs plus since your one and only visit.

    It is definitely not the location for the well, as I visited P.L with my future in-laws and my parents weren’t with us that day, and the B/W of the well was taken on 620 film and is square format

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