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Where Is This? No.136

Published on: 19 Nov, 2014
Updated on: 19 Nov, 2014

By David Rose

Readers correctly identified last week’s mystery vintage picture as the former school building in Portsmouth Road at St Catherine’s.

I am amazed that some even correctly named the yellow lines in the quirky picture as being at The Mount.

Well done to you all. Click here for last week’s post and the replies at the foot of it with extra details about St Catherine’s / St Nicolas schools.

Here are this week’s mysteries….

Which building under construction is this?

Which building under construction is this?

A cropped in picture of a well-known Guildford landmark building under construction in the 1950s. Do you know which one?

Do you know which High Street shop this is?

Do you know which High Street shop this is?

This really is quirky! The picture was taken by reader Caroline Reeves and emailed in. A fashion store in the High Street – note the legs in the window. But which shop?

If you know the answers, please leave a reply in the box below. Replies and the answers, along with two more mystery images will be published at about the same time next week.

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Responses to Where Is This? No.136

  1. John Lomas Reply

    November 20, 2014 at 12:45 am

    The cathedral tower (not yet to full height) and transept, with the start of the nave construction where the scaffolding is.

    I think the modern picture is on the right-hand side of High Street going up, above Quarry Street and possibly next to the Shambles.

    Google Street View weren’t allowed to photograph up there. I cant name the store, but if it is the one I think it is there is a name on the higher courses of brick to the left of the picture.

  2. Linda Jackson Reply

    November 22, 2014 at 4:33 pm

    First photo is of Guildford Cathedral, maybe the nave being built in the 1950s.
    Could the quirky photo be of H&M?

  3. Alan Cooper Reply

    November 23, 2014 at 1:28 am

    Guildford Cathedral. Lived in Agraria Road in late 1950s, early 60s and have some photos of work in progress from end of Agraria Road.

    When the Queen visited in 1960s, she travelled along Agraria Road as it then offered the best view of the cathedral.

  4. Chris Townsend Reply

    November 24, 2014 at 7:53 am

    The photo of the cathedral dates from about 1957, when the Queen and Prince Philip laid a stone to mark progress, the nave being partly built. Building work had stopped at the outbreak of war, but began again in the early 1950s.

    The shop, now Gap at 58-62 High Street, was formerly Burton’s, on the lower corner of The Shambles. At the top of the Art Deco building is the logo (carefully cropped) “Montague BURTON The TAILOR of TASTE”. As I remember, there was at or near ground level a polished black foundation stone, which would date the building – late 1920s?

  5. Doug and Bill Stanniforth Reply

    November 25, 2014 at 4:05 pm

    Picture 1 is the cathedral under construction
    Picture 2 is the Gap shop in the High Street.
    Coincidently, there is a ‘GAP’ in the market for certain aquatic-powered transport.

    [Ed: quite right!]

  6. Brian Holt Reply

    November 25, 2014 at 7:16 pm

    Guildford Cathedral, the building of the nave.

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