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Where Is This? No.188

Published on: 9 Dec, 2015
Updated on: 9 Dec, 2015

By David Rose

The local band from the 1960s who were called the Roadrunners were pictured at St Catherine’s Chapel, off the Portsmouth Road in last week’s mystery vintage picture.

Several readers who replied correctly recognised the location.

Bugs Bunny can be found painted on a garage door in Harvey Road.

Not only did a number of people identify that one, but Roger Coleman who replied noted that his elder brother sister painted the rabbit. And the year in which this rather fine piece of public art was executed was as long ago as 1978. Will a Banksy anywhere last that long?

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

Which building is this and why the dates?

Which building is this and why the dates?

Another picture supplied by Ade Morley for this week’s vintage one.

A once well-known landmark building in the town centre. Do you know which one and why the dates ‘1864 1964’?

A cow on a flat roof somewhere in Guildford town.

A cow on a flat roof somewhere in Guildford town.

The quirky photo continues with the animal theme and I only noticed this cow earlier this week.

I am sure it has not been in this location very long, but perhaps I’m wrong.

I have included a little of the surroundings as a clue, so you may just be able to work out which building it is.

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; and remember, our policy is to publish full names.

The replies 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.188

  1. John Lomas Reply

    December 10, 2015 at 12:11 am

    The old picture is the Surrey Advertiser’s Art Deco building, this view is to the left of the view in Where Is This? 166.

    The dates refer to the celebrating the centenary of the paper, though obviously not in the same building.

    The quirky picture shows the corner of the George Abbot pub on the corner of High Street and what used to be the bottom piece of Farnham Road and the bus station. It is now a car park.

    The flats are the ones in the triangle between Portsmouth Road, The Mount and Mount Pleasant.

  2. Ian Plowman Reply

    December 10, 2015 at 1:03 pm

    The Surrey Advertiser building in Martyr Road.

    The cow on the pub is at the George Abbot, opposite St Nicolas Church, as The Mount flats are in the background.

  3. Colin Reardon Reply

    December 10, 2015 at 2:09 pm

    Old Surrey Ad offices in Martyr Road.

    George Abbot pub in the lower High Street (used to be the Greyhound).

  4. Dave Middleton Reply

    December 10, 2015 at 10:10 pm

    The building is the old Surrey Advertiser offices on Martyr Road, with the dates relating to the centenary of the paper in 1964.

    The cow is above the side door to the George Abbot pub at the bottom of the High Street, on the west side of the Town Bridge.

    It was formerly The Greyhound, after the famous greyhound Mick the Miller.

  5. Mary Bedforth Reply

    December 11, 2015 at 7:59 pm

    Surrey Ad, Martyr Road. David Rose worked there but not in 1864. A little later!

    Click the link for a picture of a Reed paper group lorry parked in front of the former chapel in Ward Street, delivering rolls of newsprint to the offices of the Surrey Advertiser in Martyr Road. Date: June 10, 1954.

    The Friesian? cow is atop the car park entrance to the George Abbot pub 9 High Street, Guildford.

    Horrible row of dumpy bins!

  6. David Bedford Reply

    December 12, 2015 at 4:16 am

    Cow on George Abbot pub?

  7. Ray Springer Reply

    December 12, 2015 at 8:56 pm

    This is the old Surrey Advertiser building in Martyr Road, now demolished. The dates are indicative of the newspaper’s 100th birthday in 1964

    The quirky picture of the cow on the roof is the pub at the bottom of the High Street now called the George Abbot, once the Greyhound.

    I think the cow is a recent addition to the pub as mentioned in your article on the public art in Guildford.

  8. Chris Townsend Reply

    December 14, 2015 at 8:30 pm

    The landmark building housed the Surrey Advertiser offices and printing works in Martyr Road, now replaced by the Printing House Square development of flats.

    The dates commemorated the centenary of the newspaper.

    The cow stands above the entrance to the George Abbot pub.

  9. Margaret Cole Reply

    December 15, 2015 at 8:32 am

    The Surrey Advertiser celebrating its centenary in 1964.

    The cow picture is on the George Abbot pub by what was the old Farnham Road bus station and on the north side of the building. Not sure why the cow is there – who knows? Someone will!

  10. David Bailey Reply

    December 15, 2015 at 10:06 am

    1. The building is the old Surrey Advertiser offices in Martyr Road.

    1. The cow seems to be over the entrance to the George Abbot pub in the Guildford High Street. (I think, as I have not seen it yet).

  11. Bill and Doug Staniforth Reply

    December 15, 2015 at 4:16 pm

    It’s the old Surrey Ad building in Martyr Road, the dates probably relate to how long it seems we’ve been waiting for the star prize!

    The cow can be seen on the George Abbot (formerly the Greyhound) in the High Street.

    [Ed: sure you can wait a bit longer for the star prize to this weekely puzzler – how about The Guildford Dragon’s centenary?]

  12. Brian Holt Reply

    December 15, 2015 at 9:55 pm

    1. The old Surrey Advertiser offices and print works in Martyr Road.

    1864 is the year the newspaper was established, and was sold to the current owners Trinity Mirror in 2010.

    1964 is the date of the of the centenary of the Advertiser.

    2.The George Abbot pub opposite St Nicholas Church, formerly the Greyhound.

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