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Where Is This? No.253

Published on: 30 Mar, 2017
Updated on: 30 Mar, 2017

By David Rose

Perhaps last week’s mystery pictures were just too difficult for readers to identify, with just three replies.

However, our stats show that more than 200 readers clicked and viewed the page.

The vintage view showing a path across Whitmoor Common at Worplesdon can be found off Salt Box Road near the junction with the A322 Worplesdon Road.

Dave Middleton correctly identified it and noted in his reply that he has always known it as ‘The Long Path’. I haven’t heard it called that, but I do recall someone once saying that the gravel path with ditches either side was made by Canadian troops stationed in the area during the First World War.

The quirky picture showing one of a pair of metal gates is at the North Street entrance to the Friends Meeting House in Ward Street.

Click here to view last week’s post and the replies with some extra details given.

Will this week’s mysteries be somewhat easier to identify?

Do you recognise these shops? Click to enlarge in a new window.

The vintage pictures dates back some 30 years and shows two shops within a parade of further shops to the right and out of view.

The buildings are, of course, still there, but the units are now occupied by different traders.

Do you recognise this location on the outskirts to the north-west of Guildford?

Where can this piece of public art be found? Click to enlarge in a new window.

This week’s quirky picture is a piece of public art made of wood, among others in the same area. Where can it be found?

If you think you know the answers and can add any extra details, please leave a reply in the box below,  The answers, along with the next pair of images, will be published at about the same time next week.

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Responses to Where Is This? No.253

  1. Chrissy Bristow Reply

    March 30, 2017 at 10:53 pm

    Aldershot Road. Robert Ayling funeral directors is there now where the wool shop was.

  2. Norman Hamshere Reply

    March 30, 2017 at 11:07 pm

    David, Are you running short of old prints ? This is a repeat of no 114. You may recall my comment regarding the gent’s loo just visible at the end of Southway.

  3. Jan Messinger Reply

    March 31, 2017 at 12:39 am

    Vintage photo shows shops along the A323 Aldershot Road. Near Northway. I think it is now funeral directors and florist.

    The quirky picture is by the river wey along Walnut tree close. Where there was a wooden sculpture of a man.

    Always a pleasure to see these old photographs of the town and surrounding area.

  4. Julia Newsum Reply

    March 31, 2017 at 5:58 am

    Finally after having to leave Guildford over 30 years ago, somewhere I recognise from this feature!

    I lived in Canterbury Road (part of the so-called “cathedral city”) and these shops were part of the little parade at the junction of Southway and the Aldershot Road. I can remember the wool shop.

    Fond memories of this area of Guildford come flooding back.

  5. Bernard Parke Reply

    March 31, 2017 at 7:29 am

    1) Park Barn
    2) Station Meadows

  6. Dave Middleton Reply

    March 31, 2017 at 8:04 am

    The street scene is of Aldershot Road, with Southway in the background. I can just remember the wool shop (I moved to Guildford in 1990) and after that, I think the premises was occupied by a newsagent and sub post office. Did Forbuoys move in from next door? Now it’s an office for Ayling Funeral Services.

    The quirky picture is of a riverside seat on Woodbridge Meadows. You can just see the stems of the “Fish on Sticks” in the background.

    The seat and the other wooden chainsaw sculptures, including the sunbathing giant were, I seem to recall, created from trees that were felled on site a few years ago, when the area was opened up and the riverside path improved.

  7. C Barker Reply

    March 31, 2017 at 10:13 am

    Aldershot Road/ Southway junction.

    Robert Ayling funeral directors now occupy the wool shop, Forbouys is now a florist. I remember that cigarette machine too.

  8. Charles Graham Reply

    March 31, 2017 at 2:01 pm

    This used to be the post offfice on the corner of Aldershot road and Southway, now an undertakers, and Fourboys is now Jeans florist shop.

    I don’t recognise the wooden sculpture.

  9. Colin Reardon Reply

    March 31, 2017 at 6:31 pm

    The shops are on the corner of Southway and Aldershot Road.You can see the old public toilets in the background.

    Don’t know for sure where the wooden seat is but I’d suggest Woodbridge Meadows.

  10. John Lomas Reply

    March 31, 2017 at 7:39 pm

    I believe the old photo is the Aldershot Road junction with Southway.
    I think there was a much older view of this corner used previously in WiT

  11. Donna Collinson Reply

    April 1, 2017 at 12:06 am

    The sculptures are in Guildford’s public arts space AKA Woodbridge Meadows, they form part of the largest grouping of contemporary multimedia landscape sited public art in the town.

  12. Mike Williams Reply

    April 1, 2017 at 9:33 am

    The shops are at the junction of Southway and the Aldershot Road.

    The Wool Shop is now an undertakers.

    The newsagents were closed by Martins when they bought the Forbuoys chain.

    Some folk will recall Hardcastle who owned a number of newsagents locally and sold to Forbuoys. There was this one, Bellfields, by the Bell on Woking Road, half way along Southway and at Park Barn.

  13. Chris Townsend Reply

    April 1, 2017 at 11:35 am

    The shops are on the Aldershot Road at the junction with Southway. I remember seeing this photo before. It was in 2014:

    The quirky seat is likely to be one of the chainsaw sculptures at Woodbridge Meadows.

  14. Virginia Goodman Reply

    April 1, 2017 at 8:03 pm

    The first picture is of Aldershot Road and Southway and there has been a newsagent there for at least 50 years.

    To verify I was right I googled the address and you showed it as 114 in June 2014.

  15. Sue Warner Reply

    April 2, 2017 at 1:24 pm

    Just a wild guess for the shops picture – corner of Southway and Aldershot Road?

    The wooden seat is the last along the River Wey at Woodbridge Meadows opposite the PO sorting office.

  16. Brian Boxall Reply

    April 2, 2017 at 3:28 pm

    It’s the corner of Southway and Aldershot Road, think it was a post office as well as a wool shop.

  17. Mike Dillon Reply

    April 3, 2017 at 5:04 pm

    These shops are at the corner of Aldershot Road and Southway.

    The Wool Shop was previously the Aldershot Road post office and Forbouys was once Hardcastles newsagents.

    I did a paper round from this shop in the late 1940s delivering to the prefabs, now Park Barn estate.

    I think the post office was run by a Mr Coombs.

  18. Margaret Cole Reply

    April 5, 2017 at 3:56 pm

    The first pictures shows the corner of Southway and Aldershot Road.

    The Wool Shop is now a funeral parlour and Fourbouy’s is now a florist’s shop.

    Next picture of the carved chair can be found in Woodbridge Meadows near the Silver Shoon art opposite Srewfix, only a bit easier this week, keep it up.

  19. Brian Holt Reply

    April 5, 2017 at 8:54 pm

    1. The Aldershot Road shops.

    The wool shop was the end shop on the corner of Southway, later it had a post office counter as well.

    The photo also shows the toilets that was in Southway.

    The next shop, Forbuoys, started as Hardcastles newsagents, then Martin’s news, then Forbuoys, later a ladies hairdresser, now Jean’s Florist.

    I remember the cigarette machine outside the shop.

    2. This photo is by riverside at Woodbridge Meadows opposite Screwfix.

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