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Where is This? No.257

Published on: 27 Apr, 2017
Updated on: 27 Apr, 2017

By David Rose

Many thanks once again to all who replied to last week’s mystery pictures.

All replies were correct, with the vintage picture showing Eashing Bridge at Lower Eashing, now just off the A3.

The quirky picture showed part of the Town Mill building, with the Yvonne Arnaud Theatre visible in the background.

Click here for last week’s post with all readers’ replies that include lots of extra details about Eashing Bridge.

I gave an illustrated talk on the history of the River Wey Navigations to members of the West London Postcard Club on Friday last week. They meet at the impressive Chiswick Town Hall.

At each of their monthly meetings one of their members who deals in old postcards is invited to bring along their stock to sell. I was lucky, as at this meeting it was a chap called Julian Dunn who is well known on the postcard collecting circuit as always having some interesting cards for sale.

A shop on a green on top of a hill. Do you know where this is? Click to enlarge in a new window.

Among a few I bought on the night, I couldn’t resist this one of a scene, probably from the 1920s, of a village a few miles to the north of Guildford. I have cropped out the lower part of the image that is overlaid with wording that gives the exact location.

Of the postcards I purchased from him, I ended up spending most of my fee for the evening! But it was worth it.

The building in this picture was once a general store and motor garage. Its current occupant sells all kinds of architectural bits and pieces as well as general bric-a-brac and antiques. Do you recognise it?

Do you know where this is? Click to enlarge in a new window.

This week’s quirky picture shows some some interesting brickwork that forms one of a pair at the entrance to a private road off a main road and about a mile or so from Guildford town centre.

Part of this ornamentation I have featured before, but not this part. Do you know where it is?

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.257

  1. Dave Middleton Reply

    April 28, 2017 at 1:28 am

    The shop is Perry Hill Antiques at the north end of the green at Worplesdon, just about opposite the White Lion & Dragon, formerly the White Lion and before that, the New Inn I believe.

    A neighbour tells me that a little way to the right, behind the pub there used to be a plant nursery, where there were underground buildings where lily of the valley plants were force grown for the flower trade.

    The quirky picture is of Ganghill, off the London Road at Burpham.

  2. Jan Messinger Reply

    April 28, 2017 at 6:57 am

    The shop has got to be Perry Hill Antiques at Worplesdon. What a great photo.

    This was once run by the Philps family. The tree line still looks the same.

    The quirky picture is the entrance to Ganghill, London Road, Burpham.

  3. Harry Eve Reply

    April 28, 2017 at 7:27 am

    The shop is at Perry Hill and it is one of those places that makes you think – I must stop and have a look round one day.

    The imposing entrance is to Abbotswood – a housing estate opposite Boxgrove Avenue.

  4. Bernard Parke Reply

    April 28, 2017 at 7:28 am

    1) Perry Hill Worplesdon. If this is correct, it used to be run by the Phipps family.

    2) Abbotswood, off the London Road.

  5. John Lomas Reply

    April 28, 2017 at 8:02 am

    The old postcard is at Worplesdon on the A322 just north of the village green.

    According to an old map the building at the left-hand edge of the picture was the village smithy.

    The gateway looks like the entrance to Ganghill, off London Road.

  6. Mike Williams Reply

    April 28, 2017 at 4:05 pm

    The hole in the brickwall is at Ganghill.

    The postcard you couldn’t resist David is of Philps’ enterprise at Perry Hill Worplesdon.

    Are any of this Philps familiy about still?

  7. Simon Nelson Reply

    April 28, 2017 at 6:35 pm

    The top photo is at Perry Hill, Worplesdon, directly opposite the entrance to St Mary’s Church.

    The building is currently Perry Hill Antiques, and has been enlarged above the centre portion and roof line is higher now.

    Also, all the chimny stacks have been removed. There is a row of mature trees along the edge of Worplesdon Road.

    The second photo is the entrance to Ganghill off the London Road on the right when travelling from the direction of Stoke Park.

    ]The same ornamentation also features at the first entrance to Abbotswood on the left when travelling from Stoke Park.

  8. Mike Dillon Reply

    April 30, 2017 at 5:26 pm

    The shop and garage with petrol pumps is the old village store on Perry Hill Green in Worplesdon, now occupied by Perry Hill Antiques.

    The second is the footpath arch leading to Ganghill, a private road off London Road at Burpham.

  9. Margaret Cole Reply

    May 2, 2017 at 8:39 am

    I think the first picture is showing Perry Hill antiques, Worplesdon.

    The second one could well be Abbotswood London Road, hopefully.

  10. Chris Townsend Reply

    May 3, 2017 at 6:05 pm

    The shop is at Perry Hill Green, Worplesdon.

    In Kelly’s Directory of Surrey, 1930, is listed “Philps M. (Mrs.) garage proprietress, confectioner, newsagent & tea room”.

    The Philps family is featured in “Worplesdon: A Tale of Four Villages”.

    Mabel and Frank came to take on the farrier’s business in 1912, but Frank died in 1925 leaving Mabel to support seven children.

    She made and sold sweets from her front room, sold newspapers and teas.

    The forge was converted into a general store and workshop, and various motoring-related services were run from Perry Hill Garage. The family business there continued until 1989.

    The quirky arch is at the entrance to Ganghill, off the London Road.

    One of a pair of quirky shelters a few feet away was featured in No.164.

  11. Brian Holt Reply

    May 3, 2017 at 8:40 pm

    Picture 1 is Perry Hill garage, now Perry Hill Antiques in Worplesdon, which is opposite the entrance to St Mary’s`Church.

    Picture 2 is of the entrance to Ganghill, London Road.

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