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Where Is This? No.202

Published on: 23 Mar, 2016
Updated on: 23 Mar, 2016

By David Rose

All the replies to last week’s mysters were spot on.

The vintage picture featured Woodbridge Road looking north with the Prince of Wales pub on the right and to the left St Saviour’s Church Hall, with the church itself in the background.

The bargate stone building in the quirky picture was once a part of Dapdune Farm and can be found at the end of William Road, off Woodbridge Road.

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

We haven’t featured buses for a little while, so to please Bill and Doug Staniforth here’s an interesting one. Don’t think they’ll spot a Mr Giles in this one?

Another bus picture! Can you say where it is and add some details from what you can see? Click on image to enlarge in a new window.

Another bus picture! Can you say where it is and add some details from what you can see? Click on image to enlarge in a new window.

The photo was taken by bus enthusiast Peter Trevaskis in June 1970. There’s quite a lot to take in here. So which bus station is it and can you add some dertails about the buildings especially the one under construction?


Where is this wind or weather vane? Click on image to enlarge in a new window.

The quirky picture is yet another wind or weather vane (plenty of them in Guildford it seems). It was suggested to me by regular reader Chris Townsend. Perhaps she can add some details.

There is a clue in the date that can be seen on it. It wouldn’t turn around in the wind so that I could photograph it so as to read correctly, but it is 1865. I think that’s the year before the building on which it can be found was opened.

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.202

  1. John Lomas Reply

    March 24, 2016 at 12:34 am

    The old picture is the remodelled Onslow Street bus station and I think the building to the right is the bank which occupied the site before Jamie;s Italian.

    The bus appears to be on the Aldershot route and could possibly be one of the Bristols which were Thames Valley’s preferred supplier after the merger with the Trackie though they hadn’t yet started using the Alder Valley name.

  2. John Lomas Reply

    March 24, 2016 at 9:35 pm

    The quirky picture is the clock tower on the old Royal Surrey County Hospital, now Farnham Road Hospital. The photo was taken looking up the hill.

  3. Brian Holt Reply

    March 28, 2016 at 9:23 pm

    The old Onslow Street bus station, on the right is the building of the Midland Bank, now Jamie Oliver’s Italian

    The weather vane is on the old Royal Surrey County Hospital, Farnhan Road.

  4. Margaret Cole Reply

    March 30, 2016 at 8:51 am

    The bus is in the Onslow Street bus station with the Old Friary Square being built on. Not sure what building is going up.

    The weather vane was on the Royal Surrey County Hospital, Farnham Road. This was a difficult one, but never say die.

  5. Bill and Doug Stanniforth Reply

    March 30, 2016 at 9:31 am

    1. Is the old Onslow Street bus station.

    In the background is the Friary Brewery (much missed).Note the bus is yet another No 20. We do believe that Aldershot & District did have other routes. Did Peter ever photograph any others? The building under construction is the Midland Bank now Jamie’s Italian.

    If the Ford Popular 100E on the right was more in view we would see Martin Giles at the wheel. He’s about that vintage! The trailer towing the speedboat has been cut out by the editor as he’s too tight to award prizes.

    2. Is the clock tower on the old Royal Surrey County Hospital on Farnham Road.

    I might be old but you will always be older. I have heard you are the only two-wheel spanner monkeys in the country familiar with penny farthings. I think you would both be too old for a speed boat licence now. And Peter Trevaskis has taken many pictures of other buses, wait patiently for them! Have you got your bus passes ready? Ed

  6. Chris Townsend Reply

    March 30, 2016 at 10:50 am

    In the bus station photo, the building under construction looks a lot like the present Jamie’s Italian restaurant.

    Was Friary Square used as an extension of Onslow Street bus station before the move to Commercial Road?

    The wind vane is on the main building of Farnham Road Hospital, presently a mental health unit after recent major improvements. There is a cafe in the reception area, open to the public.

    The Royal Surrey County Hospital, as it was named originally, was built on land given by Lord Onslow, and opened in 1866.

    The architect was Edward Ward Lower, who lived locally.

    It was supported by voluntary subscription, with Queen Victoria as patroness, who presented a marble bust of Prince Albert by William Theed; the sculpture stood in the entrance hall. Is it now at today’s Royal Surrey County Hospital in Egerton Road.

  7. Dave Middleton Reply

    March 30, 2016 at 4:26 pm

    I’m not sure, but I think the bus picture is Onslow Street Bus Station, prior to the building of Millbrook.

    Could the building on the right be the complex that was the Midland Bank building – now Jamie’s Italian and the loading bay and back of the shops on the west side of Friary Street?

    The weather vane is on top of the Farnham Road Hospital, formerly the Royal Surrey County Hospital.

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