Fringe Box



Where Is This? No.17

Published on: 15 Jul, 2012
Updated on: 15 Jul, 2012

By David Rose

Eight replies last week and everyone recognised the hunting scene as being at the foot of Pewley Hill, with the long-gone Playhouse cinema in the background. Click here to see last week’s post and the replies at the foot of it.

Bernard Parke also emailed some further details about the hunt. He writes: “It first met at the Guildhall on Boxing Day 1946. It was not an old tradition, but held in an effort to bring colour to the dreary days after the war. In later years it moved to outside the civic hall, until 1898 when the mayor of that time had it cancelled on safety grounds, as it had become a pitched battle between the hunt supporters and the saboteurs.”

The plaque on the wall in front of Holy Trinity Church, Guildford.

Bernard had a bit of trouble recognising the site of last week’s mystery date. It finally came to him  (in a dream, I believe) when he remembered that it is on a plaque that he had actually unveiled!

In addition to the reply he posted, he says: “The plaque is in front of Holy Trinity Church in the High Street. The Surrey Garden Trust had a policy to turn waste areas in the centre of towns into gardens and Holy Trinity was one site to benefit. Money for it was donated by Councillor Mary Lloyd Jones, the rotary club (in memory of Peter Harding), the Princess of Wales’s Regiment and the Deputy Mayor of Guildford at the time.”

Do you know where this building was and what it was used for?

On to this week’s mystery photo. Can you name this building that is being demolished in the early 1960s? Do you know where it was?

Any ideas where this is?

And as for the mystery date, as you can see it is on a drain hopper. It’s somewhere in the town centre. The photo was taken by Richard Bailey. This is the last in his series, but I have been out and about and will have some more over the next few weeks. Amazing just how many there are in Guildford!

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.17

  1. Bernard Parke

    July 15, 2012 at 5:00 pm

    1) Demolition of the Old Technical college in Park Street.

    2) Grammar School

    Part of the restoration work after the fire at that time.

  2. Chris Townsend

    July 16, 2012 at 4:35 pm

    1. The building is the old Tech. on Park Street, viewed from the Farnham Road Bus Station.

    In the 50’s, I’ve an idea this was where school dinners were cooked, for delivery (in large metal containers) to schools without their own cooking facilities, but I’m not sure.

    2. The date 1965 is at the R.G.S., the date of reopening after restoration, following the fire of 1962.

  3. David & Ann Bailey

    July 16, 2012 at 7:28 pm

    Picture is of the former Technical College building in Park Street.
    The date is on the drain hopper on the Royal Grammar School.

  4. Brian Holt

    July 16, 2012 at 8:23 pm

    The building is the former technical college in Park Street.
    It stood on the corner of one way system opposite the Farnham Road Bus Station

    The white ‘premises to let’ notice board has Surrey County Council and their address on it which also suggest it was a building used for education.

  5. Ian Plowman

    July 21, 2012 at 8:26 pm

    Photo – Education building in Park Street looking from the Lower Farnham Road Bus Station

    Date RGS date of rebuild following the fire



  6. Ray Springer

    July 23, 2012 at 2:42 pm

    Think it is the Technical Institute (the old Technical College) in Park Street.
    The rainwater hopper is in the Guildford Grammar School in the High Street