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Where Is This? No.16

Published on: 9 Jul, 2012
Updated on: 9 Jul, 2012

The mystery date appears on the plinth of the George Abbot statue in the High Street.

There were numerous replies to last week’s puzzlers with one and all recognising the building in Woodbridge Road that was the power station. It closed in 1968.

Also seen (which most of you commented on) was Guildford City FC’s ground in Joseph’s Road and Stoke Park Mansion – all now long gone. Click here to see last week’s post and all the replies.

The mystery date appears on the plinth of the George Abbot statue in the High Street. It commemorates the date on which Faith Winter’s sculpture was unveiled.

This week’s mystery photo shows the hunt leaving Guildford, presumably on a Boxing Day, sometime in the 1960s I’d guess.

Can you name the location?

Can you name the road? Some of the buildings remain, but can any identify the one in the background to the centre of the picture? The view is actually of the back of it.

Where can this date be seen?

This week’s mystery date, courtesy of another photo by Richard Bailey is a tough one. As a clue it marks the site of a garden. Again, it’s in the town centre, so if you go to Guildford regularly, you probably walk past it.

If you think you know the answers, leave a reply in the box below. All replies will be posted at the same time in about a week’s time, along with a new post with the answers to this week’s photo and mystery date, and the next pair of images.

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Responses to Where Is This? No.16

  1. A Oliver

    July 9, 2012 at 11:29 am

    The hunt is at the bottom of Pewley Hill, with the top of Tunsgate behind.

  2. Ian Plowman

    July 9, 2012 at 8:25 pm

    The photo is at the Junction of Pewley Hill & South Hill. The building in the centre of the photo was a Cinema- Playhouse? Now Tunsgate Square.



  3. Bernard Parke

    July 10, 2012 at 6:17 am

    1) The Hunt is going up pewely Hill to the downs.
    The old Playhouse cinema can be seen in the near centre of the picture.
    A little further down the hill was the warehouse of the wholesales Grocers Stephensons.

    2) The date is on the plaque at Holy Trinity

  4. Ray Springer

    July 10, 2012 at 9:45 am

    PEWLEY HILL leading up to Pewley downs.
    The building in the background is the PLAYHOUSE, the picture house (now the site of Tunsgate Square)

  5. Brian Holt

    July 10, 2012 at 5:32 pm

    The hounds are entering Pewley Hill coming from Tunsgate, South Hill is to the left.
    The part of the tree on the left is where Holy Trinity School was.
    The buildings in the back ground is the old indoor swimming pool and Baths.
    To the right of that is the back of the old Playhouse cinema

    • Reg Sewrey

      July 29, 2012 at 7:58 am

      Quite right Brian.
      I attended the Holy Trinity infants school situated on the bottom, left hand side, of Pewley Hill in the photo, as a five-year-old in 1942.
      The building, in the centre of the background, housed a small shop then called The Joke Shop. As you entered the Castle Grounds, a bit further down, were the swimming baths and opposite those across the road was the rear of the Playhouse Cinema, with the entrance in the High Street at Tunsgate.

  6. Brian Holt

    July 11, 2012 at 5:35 pm

    I think the date 1991 is the gardens in front of Holy Trinity Church in the High Street.

  7. Chris Townsend

    July 12, 2012 at 2:08 pm

    This is the foot of Pewley Hill, the hunt having met at the car park on Tunsgate. In the background is the back of the Playhouse.

    I think the chimneys seen to the left of the Playhouse belong to the cottages lower down Castle Street, just before Stephenson’s warehouse. Who remembers the house with the cockatoo in the window?

  8. David & Ann Bailey

    July 13, 2012 at 3:45 pm

    The road is the junction of Pewley Hill and Warwicks Bench and the building in the background we think is the Playhouse Cinema.