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Where Is This? No.263

Published on: 10 Jun, 2017
Updated on: 10 Jun, 2017

By David Rose

Once again, thanks to all who replied to last week’s mysteries….

Busby & Baxter’s jeweller’s shop was in Guildford High Street on the corner with Swan Lane.

It was later Salisbury’s and is now Ernest Jones, Goldsmiths – according to several replies.

Plenty of extra details by those who commented, and to see those click here for last week’s post.

And the quirky picture featured the door / gate at today’s Spike Heritage Centre in Charlotteville, once the Guildford Workhouse and also its casual ward. It was at this spot that ‘vagrants’ once queued to be allowed in and given a bed for the night.

See Chris Townsend’s comments about the Spike – a place well worth a visit if you haven’t done so already.

My late father, who grew up in Falcon Road, Guildford, told me he recalled as a boy in the 1930s seeing homeless men making their way up Warren Road to the casual ward usually late in the afternoon, seeking a bed for the night.

Unfortunately, there are still people in Guildford who are homeless and have to sleep rough!

Apologies for the late posting of this week’s pair of images – it has been a bit of a busy week, with one thing and another!

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

The vintage picture shows a well known crossroads that is actually just outside the borough of Guildford.

The picture dates to around the 1950s, or perhaps a little earlier. A petrol station can be seen and there is still one there today, by a bridge over a canal. As another clue, it is a few mile north of Guildford. Do you recognise the location?

Where can these gates be found? Click to enlarge in a new window.

The quirky picture is a close up of a fine pair of gates, that was once the entrance to a rather well know stately home just outside Guildford. Is that real gold leaf? Do you know where?

If you think you know the answers and can add some extra details, please leave a reply in the box below.

The answers, along with the next pair of images, will be published towards the end of next week – hopefully.

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Responses to Where Is This? No.263

  1. John Lomas Reply

    June 11, 2017 at 12:17 am

    The crossroads picture is looking north at the junction of the A322 with the A324 near Brookwood Bridge.

    There is still a garage/petrol station on that site just beyond the canal (Basingstoke Canal) bridge.

    The gates are the Clandon House golden gates which should be between the lodges just beyond the roundabout on the A25 Epsom Road.

  2. Bernard Parke Reply

    June 11, 2017 at 7:58 am

    Picture 1: the crossroads at Connaught Road leading to Brookwood on the left and Knaphill accross the road junction.

    Picture 2: Clandon Park.

  3. Dave Middleton Reply

    June 11, 2017 at 1:53 pm

    The street scene is Brookwood traffic lights at the Junction of the A322 Bagshot Road and the A324 Connaught Road / Brookwood Lye Road.

    The gates are at what was the formal entrance to Clandon House and park and are located just east of the roundabout, at the junction of the A25 Epsom Road and Park Lane at Merrow.

    The drive from the gates up to the house allowed visitors plenty of time to gaze upon the grandeur of the house as they approached.

  4. Margaret Cole Reply

    June 14, 2017 at 9:56 am

    The first picture I believe is the crossroads at Brookwood leading on to Knaphill.

    Second one looks like the gates to Clandon Park just off the roundabout at Merrow.

  5. Mike Dillon Reply

    June 14, 2017 at 4:52 pm

    The crossroads are at Brookwood.

    The main road is Bagshot Road the road from the left is Connaught Road and the road to right not in the photo is Brookwood Lye Road.

    The second photo is the gates to Clandon Park at Merrow.

  6. Chris Townsend Reply

    June 14, 2017 at 9:02 pm

    The crossroads is at Brookwood on the A322, with Connaught Road to the left.

    The two groups of houses on the corners on the left have survived, but those on the opposite side of the A322 have been sacrificed to improvements at the junction. Are those buildings of Brookwood Hospital in the distance on the hill?

    The “Golden Gates” between two lodges to Clandon Park are on the Epsom Road, near the Merrow Park-and-Ride.

    “Gates early C18, contemporary with Clandon Park House, lodges 1776 by Capability Brown. Gates between: Originally across the forecourt of the Old House, moved by Brown.”

    “Semper Fidelis” (“Ever Faithful”) is a motto used in earlier times by the Onslow family, replaced by “Festina Lente” (“Hasten Slowly” or “On-slow”, or as we might say “more haste, less speed”).

  7. Marian Fripp Reply

    June 15, 2017 at 2:13 pm

    I have no idea about the second picture unless it was Paul Getty’s Sutton Place. It’s been a long time since I left Guildford.

    The first picture that I do know (says she confidently), is Brookwood crossroads with Brookwood Hospital in the background and the bridge over the canal.

    To the left is the way to Brookwood railway station.

    The garage [seen in the picture] was the first one I used to put petrol in my car after passing my test. You don’t forget things like that do you? It used to be a Jet garage, I think.

  8. Bill and Doug Stanniforth Reply

    June 15, 2017 at 4:56 pm

    The crossroads at Brookwood.
    The gates are at Clandon Park on the A25 Park Lane roundabout

  9. Eleanor Mason Reply

    January 27, 2020 at 9:14 pm

    The cottage next to the petrol station became my parent’s first home shortly after their wedding in 1959.

    This photo has been taken before they bought the cottage.

    I used to love the walks along the canal and skating in the big freeze.

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