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Where Is This? No.196

Published on: 10 Feb, 2016
Updated on: 10 Feb, 2016

By David Rose

A good number of replies to last week’s mysteries, most of them correct.

The bus was seen in the lower High Street after leaving the Farnham Road bus station, with the Greyhound pub (now the George Abbot) behind it.

The plaque that was the quirky photo can be found outside Lloyds bank in the High Street.

Click here for last week’s post and all the replies at the foot of it with some good details about the bus and the story of the plaque and former bank on that site.

Where is this and what's there now? Click to enlarge in a new window.

Where is this and what’s there now? Click to enlarge in a new window.

This week’s mystery vintage picture may get readers scratching their heads as to the location – especially as the road itself does not exist in this form today.

The cathedral and university in the background and also the industrial buildings will help to pinpoint the location.

Where can this piece of public art be found?

Where can this piece of public art be found?

The quirky picture is a piece of public art that’s on a part of the University of Surrey, but not the Stag Hill campus. Do you know where it is, and can you add any details about it?

If you know the answers please leave a reply in the box below. Replies will be published at about the same time next week with two more mystery pictures for you to ponder.


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Responses to Where Is This? No.196

  1. Norman Hamshere Reply

    February 11, 2016 at 9:43 am

    Deerbarn Road looking towards the old Dennis factory.

  2. Bernard Parke Reply

    February 11, 2016 at 10:54 am

    Deerbarn Road leading to the A3 and now the fly-over.

  3. Dave Middleton Reply

    February 11, 2016 at 11:26 am

    The street scene is a now non-existent section of Deerbarn Road at Woodbridge Hill, demolished in the early 1980s, to make way for the A3, the Midleton (only one D!) Road / Dennis’ roundabout and the subsequent Cathederal Hill Business Park.

    The cathederal is on the skyline and the factory building are the old Dennis works.

    The pile of shiny scrap metal is outside the University’s School of Hospitality and Tourism Management at the Manor Park campus.

  4. John Lomas Reply

    February 11, 2016 at 10:06 pm

    The old photo is on Deerbarn Road looking across Middleton Road into part of what was the old Dennis Bros site.

    Old maps show what looks like a bridge passing under the railway towards a pond in the farmland on the side of Stag Hill.

    It is post 1965 because of the new (at that time) inverted triangle style of give way sign and the triangulat sign beyond it.

    The statue is in the Manor Park student village.

  5. Sheila Atkinson Reply

    February 12, 2016 at 6:42 pm

    I can’t remember the name of the road, but it led from Woodbridge Hill down to the by-pass.

    Across the far side in front of the cathedral was the Dennis factory.

  6. Chris Townsend Reply

    February 14, 2016 at 4:14 pm

    The vintage picture shows the foot of Deerbarn Road, leading to the Midleton Road section of the old Guildford Bypass (with Dennis’s works in view) before the present A3 and Dennis’s roundabout were built.

    That part of Deerbarn Road, beyond Weston Road, was demolished, together with the houses on Midleton Road, and what remains of the road is now blocked off by the A3 link road.

    The sculpture by Diane Maclean is at Manor Park, near the new student residences.

    From I read thatL: “At night coloured LEDs, changing continuously, light up the centre of the sculpture.”

  7. Peter Chilvers Reply

    February 15, 2016 at 2:09 pm

    This spot is embedded in my psyche.

    As a schoolboy in the 1950s I had a part-time job with The Star London evening newspaper (there were three London evening newspapers in those days).

    The Star had its Guildford base in a shed in the railway station goods yard.

    It was my job to unload the bales of papers off of the London trains and distribute them to various news stands around the town.

    This was done on a trade bike and it is was easy task to control a heavily front-loaded trade bike on cobbles and steep hills!

    The Dennis pitch was at the factory gates on Midleton Road and was easier in one sense as we went there in a van.

    But when the hooter went I would be overwhelmed by a massive hurrying surge of escaping workers and I could never keep up with handing out the papers, taking money and giving change.

    Always a hectic 15 minutes and hard-earned pocket money.

    • Peter Phillips Reply

      February 18, 2016 at 1:34 pm

      I seem to remember Pete attempting to increase the sale of the Star by shouting out ‘Horrible Bloody Murder in Guildford!’ outside Dennis’s on occasions.

  8. Ray Springer Reply

    February 16, 2016 at 3:38 pm

    This is the old entrance to the Dennis Brothers factory off the old A3 (Midleton Road), now the road leading to the Cathedral Industrial Estate.

    The road this side of the A3 was the old Deerbarn Road.

  9. Bill and Doug Staniforth Reply

    February 16, 2016 at 4:51 pm

    It’s looking down Dearbarn Road.

    The Dennis Bros factory is over the road from the A3, we reckon this was taken in the early 70s.

    A difficult picture this week as there are no buses.

    (Do the 40 signs relate to the speed limit or to celebrate M Giles birthday?)

    A random guess – the public art is the Triple Ripple at Manor Park residences adjacent to Surrey Sports Park, unveiled in February 2008 by Professor Brian Falconbridge, president of the Royal British Society of Sculptors.

    It stands four metres high and is made from highly polished steel. At night it is lit by constantly changing multi-coloured lighting effects linked to street lighting.

    We might be totally wrong as it’s just a wild guess.


  10. Brian Holt Reply

    February 16, 2016 at 6:48 pm

    This is Deerbarn Road,the A3 by-pass is there now.

    The piece of public art is called Triple Ripple, by Diane Maclean FRBS, unveiled in February 2008 by by Professor Brian Falconbridge, president of the Royal British Society of Sculptors.

    It stands four metres high and is made from highly polished steel. At night it is lit by constantly changing multi-coloured lighting effects linked to street lighting.

    A two-dimensional piece of work by Diane Maclean, produce in collaboration with Cancer reseachers is installed in the Leggett Building.

  11. Margaret Cole Reply

    February 17, 2016 at 6:56 pm

    The old picture is of Deerbarn Road.

    It was off Woodbridge Hill and now is the main road from Aldershot Road and Worplesdon Road looking towards the cathedral. And is where the A3 entrance to Dennis’was.

    The sculpture can be found in front of the Manor Park new student residences building of the University of Surrey.

    It is called Triple Ripple 2008 and is by Diane McLean. A bit difficult to find.

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