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Where Is This? No. 20

Published on: 6 Aug, 2012
Updated on: 20 Aug, 2012

By David Rose

Plenty of you replied to confirm my suspicions that the street view shown last week is how Artillery Road, off Woodbridge Road, looked about 100 years ago.

The Wooden Bridge pub and its sign bearing the date of 1936.

Although Bernard Parke wondered whether it was College Road, he was right in naming the houses of Wellington Place as the ones that can just be seen in the distance.

Click here to read all the replies to last week’s poser that appear at the foot of the post.

No problems with readers identifying the mystery date as being on the Wooden Bridge pub in Guildford. I wonder what Bernard meant in his comment when he said that the building of it caused a lot of raised eyebrows at the time? Perhaps he can enlighten us on that.

Brewers Courage & Co acquired the site at the foot of Woodbridge Hill in 1934 from dairymen Alfred Holder and A. H. Belcher. I think that goats were also kept there in the 1920s. Perhaps it was all part of the same farm?

The licence of the Wooden Bridge was transferred from the old Anchor & Hope pub (also known as St Catharine’s Inn) in St Catherine’s Village. Yes, the pub name was a different spelling.

It was a clever move to build the Wooden Bridge pub right next to the then new Guildford and Godalming bypass. Once a popular watering hole for daytrippers on coach tours to and from the coast, today the traffic roars past on the other side of a large wooden fence.

Can you name the road in which these old cottages stand?

On to this week’s mystery picture and a view of some old cottages that still stand. Anyone know where there are?

The mystery date may be a bit harder than last week’s! I spied it when out taking some photos in the town centre last week. Will the date of 1937 be a clue? Guildford Fire Station opened that same year, but it’s not that building.

Recognise on which building this date plaque appears?

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. 20

  1. Bernard Parke

    August 6, 2012 at 9:10 pm

    1) Cottages in Joseph Road. Jack Pennycate, a former editor of the Surrey Advertiser, and his wife Molly, used to live there.

    2) The date is on the telephone exchange in Lea Pale Road. 1937 was a year I shall always remember!

  2. Chris Townsend

    August 8, 2012 at 6:30 am

    The old cottages are at numbers 7, 9 and 11 Joseph’s Road.

    The date is on the wall of the Telephone Exchange, facing the junction of Leapale Road and Leapale Lane. The clue is in the crown, which reminded me of old G.P.O. vans. Was there an entrance formerly on that corner, but now bricked up?