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Where Is This? No.26

Published on: 25 Sep, 2012
Updated on: 12 Oct, 2012

By David Rose

Some of the regular responders seems to have been stumped by last week’s pictures.

Last week’s mystery date appears on the building on the corner of North Street and Market Street.

No such problems for Chris Townsend, Brian Holt, Ray Springer, and Doug Staniforth, and so on, who either correctly recognised either one or both pictures. Click here to see last week’s post and their replies at the foot of the page itself.

The answers are: the mystery photo was of the Guildford & District Co-op dairy in Woodbridge Road – the site now occupied by the Currys and PC World store.

The mystery date appears on the building in North Street on the corner with Market Street. Now the French Connection store, it was once Gammon’s store. And as Ray Springer noted, also once a Berni Inn (on the first floor). Whatever happened to Berni Inns? Does anyone know when they packed up? The Guildford one was still in existence in 1983 – probably the last time I went there!

What’s going on here then?

On to this week’s mystery picture. Can you name the street and the building in the centre standing all on its own? I guess some will be able to say what the occasion was and may be able to add some memories if they were there – Sunday, February 17, 1974, to be precise.

Until I find some more to photograph, I have run out of signs or buildings featuring dates – so we now move on to clocks. There are loads of them on buildings in Guildford.

Thanks to Alistair Fulton who has been out and about photographing them. Some are easy, some not so.

Do you know where this clock is? It’s not in the town centre – but a little way out to the north.

Here’s the first one – do you know where it is?

If you know the answers please leave a reply in the box below. All replies will be posted at  about the same time next week, 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.26

  1. Bernard Parke

    September 25, 2012 at 6:03 pm

    1) Friary Tower

    2) The horologist in the Worplesdon Road. opposite Seafare .

  2. Malcolm Fincham

    September 25, 2012 at 7:49 pm

    The only major building work in the Guildford area back in 1974 [as a very young lad] was at the Friary so I would guess this to be a view down Commercial Road, which was then a bus stop area for London Country buses, but no idea what the occasion was?

    The second picture, I’m sure, is above the horological shop, Worplesdon Road [opposite Byrefield road]

  3. Ray Springer

    September 26, 2012 at 7:36 pm

    1974 photograph is of the demolition of the Friary Brewery to make way for the Friary Shopping Centre.
    The Brewery was in an area between Onslow Street and Commercial Road. The tall building was the main tower in the brewery which was blown up (presumably on February 17th)

  4. Brian Holt

    September 27, 2012 at 2:57 pm

    It is the demolition of the old Friary Meux Brewery in Commercial Road, which is now the bus station.

    The clock is above the Horological Workshops in the Worplesdon Road, Stoughton which is next to the Total petrol station, and is directly opposite Byrefield Road.

  5. Chris Townsend

    September 29, 2012 at 4:55 pm

    The mystery photo shows the demolition of the Friary Brewery, Commercial Road.

  6. Darrol Radley

    October 2, 2012 at 6:47 pm

    The sad looking tower must be the final remains of the Friary brewery tower just before demolition on Onslow Street.