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Where is This? No.238

Published on: 8 Dec, 2016
Updated on: 8 Dec, 2016

By David Rose

The building shown as last week’s mystery vintage picture can be found in London Road in Burpham.

Previously a Primitive Methodist chapel, it is now occupied by a wine firm.

A number of readers correctly identified it and added comments. Chris Townsend asked whether there is a foundation stone. Yes there is according to the reply by Burpham history expert Moira MacQuaide Hall.

The stone trough in the quirky picture is in Chapel Street and one of a pair.

Click here to see last week’s post and all the replies, with extra details.

Does anyone know where this house is - if it still exists? Click to enlarge in a new window.

Does anyone know where this house is – if it still exists? Click to enlarge in a new window.

The mystery vintage picture this week is a house called Pentholm (the name is on the gate) and was featured on a picture postcard sent from Guildford on November 22, 1913, to someone in Bath.

The image belongs to postcard collector and local historian Michael Miller, who lives in Cranleigh. He showed it to me at the recent Surrey Postcard Club fair and asked whether it could be featured here in the hope someone may recognise the house.

I have to say I do not recognise it, but it kind of looks like the houses in roads such as Ennismore Avenue, off the London Road, opposite Stoke Park. Just a thought. Perhaps someone can pinpoint the exact location.

Back in the ‘golden age of the picture postcard’, in the early 1900s, people sometimes had their homes photographed and printed onto cards for personal postage. We have featured a few of these before and have got lucky in them being identified. One in Waterden Road springs to mind.

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Where is this? Click to enlarge in a new window.

The quirky picture is more of a ‘where was I standing when I took the photo?’ With the two ‘S’ shaped strengtheners (I guess that’s what they are) it’s a building in the town centre that should prove to be recognisable to readers.

If you know the answers to this week’s mysteries, please leave a reply in the box below – and include extra details if you have them.

They will be published along with two more mystery images at about the same time next week.

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Responses to Where is This? No.238

  1. Dave Middleton Reply

    December 8, 2016 at 11:42 pm

    No idea as to the house in the postcard.

    The quirky picture is taken from Holy Trinity churchyard on Town Path between Sydenham Road and High Street.

  2. Tessa Johnson Reply

    December 10, 2016 at 3:38 pm

    This view [the quirky picture] was taken from the path going up Holy Trinity churchyard towards the back of the County Club.

    It is a timber-framed building with later additions.

  3. Bernard Parke Reply

    December 10, 2016 at 4:48 pm

    2) The back end of the County Club taken from Holy Trinity Churchyard.

  4. Chris Townsend Reply

    December 11, 2016 at 6:25 pm

    I don’t know Pentholme, but there are still houses in Ennismore Avenue with similar fences.

    The quirky picture shows the back of the County Club, with the path through Trinity Churchyard on its right, viewed from the Royal Oak, I guess.

  5. Margaret Cole Reply

    December 13, 2016 at 3:52 pm

    The big house in ‘London Road’ I have no idea. We had a look on Sunday but no luck – It could have been any one of them so onto the next.

    This is the back view of 160 High Street taken from Sydenham Road end of Holy Trinity Church Yard walk.

    This was another of my Saturday jobs in Fullers Restaurant. I cut the walnut cake into portions and wrapped it and also the walnut sundaes I’d make for the waitresses as they scuttled around.

    A very good restaurant just a young teenager earning a crust.

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