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Where Is This? No.187

Published on: 2 Dec, 2015
Updated on: 2 Dec, 2015

By David Rose

It was the green at Perry Hill, Worplesdon, that was featured as last week’s mystery vintage picture.

While the quirky photo showed the treadwheel crane beside the River Wey with what was formerly the old people’s centre behind.

Not everyone who replied correctly identified the vintage picture. And the former old people’s centre is currently used as a type of common room by students from the nearby Academy of Contemporary Music. There have recently been calls for a new centre for senior citizens within the town centre.

Click here to see last week’s post and all the replies at the foot of it.

As an update, the Were You There? No.1 page has received another reply, this time from Jeff Hemmings, who writes to say he is the policeman featured in the first photo. Click here to read what he has to say at the foot of the page. 

The next Were You There? will be coming soon.

Guildford band from the 1960s Roadrunners pictured for a publicity photo - but where?

Guildford band from the 1960s Roadrunners pictured for a publicity photo – but where?

This week’s mystery vintage photo is a bit different in that it is a publicity photo of a Guildford band from the 1960s called Roadrunners.

Guitarist Roger Newman kindly allowed me copy a number of pictures of the band and he is seen crouching on the left. The other band members included Vic Hatch on drums, Dave Franklin on bass guitar, Mick Cheesman on vocals and Osmond Abdullah on guitar.

The were formed at Worplesdon youth club in 1962 and rehearsed at the Memorial Hall there. Among their gigs back then was a residency at the Harvest Moon Club in Onslow Street. The band folded in 1967, although Roger and Ossy formed a new band and played in Spain and on cruise ships.

So, where was this photo taken just outside Guildford? An ancient ruins of some kind. Eagle-eyed readers may be able to work it out – also note the stone pinnacle in the background as a clue.

Where can this Bugs Bunny be found?

Where can this Bugs Bunny be found?

Here’s the quirky photo and one that I can’t believe we have not featured before (I don’t recall anyway). A bunny painted on a garage door. He’s been there for years – since the 1970s perhaps? I don’t know whether he’s been repainted at some stage.

If you know the answers to this week’s mysteries and can perhaps add some extra facts, please leave a reply in the box below. They will be published at about the same time next week along with two more mystery images.

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Responses to Where Is This? No.187

  1. Paul Hart Reply

    December 3, 2015 at 12:45 am

    St Catherine’s Chapel. No idea about the bunny.

  2. Mary Bedforth Reply

    December 3, 2015 at 8:59 am

    St Catherine’s Portsmouth Road. Above the river and over the railway tunnel.

    I know I’ve seen that graffiti but for the life of me, no idea where.

  3. John Lomas Reply

    December 3, 2015 at 12:25 pm

    The old photo is at St Catherine’s, probably the easternmost aperture on the south side.

    The quirky picture ought to be on Warren Road but I can’t see it there.

    I hope it is located on a similarly pun-like named road.

  4. Roger Coleman Reply

    December 3, 2015 at 11:10 pm

    That’s 22 Harvey Road, at the top of bright hill. Bugs has an excellent view over guildford.

    My elder brother and sister painted it on the garage to cover up some graffiti in about 1978, it’s been there ever since.

  5. Chris Townsend Reply

    December 4, 2015 at 7:39 pm

    The vintage photo was taken at St Catherine’s Chapel.

  6. Caroline Coleman Reply

    December 6, 2015 at 3:30 pm

    I think the bunny is on the garages on Harvey Road.

  7. Brian Holt Reply

    December 7, 2015 at 7:39 pm

    (1) St Catherine’s Chapel.

    (2) Bugs Bunny is on a garage door in Harvey Road, almost opposite the Harvey Gallery, (the old Pewley School).

  8. Margaret Cole Reply

    December 8, 2015 at 7:15 pm

    The first picture, not too sure of, but I think it’s St Catherine’s, Portsmouth Road.

    The Bugs Bunny picture is number 22 Harvey Road. It’s been there since at least 1980’s.

    I used to know the owner Ruth. I believe she said the students who lived there did the painting. I’m amazed its still there.

  9. Bill and Doug Staniforth Reply

    December 9, 2015 at 3:57 pm

    St Katherines Chapel.

    We’re not sure where Bugs Bunny is, Hillview Crescent maybe?

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