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Where Is This? No.264

Published on: 17 Jun, 2017
Updated on: 17 Jun, 2017

By David Rose

All replies to last week’s mysteries were correct.

The vintage postcard view featured the crossroads at Brookwood on the A322, and the quirky picture was a close-up view of the gates leading to Clandon Park and can be seen between two lodge cottages near the roundabout on the A246 / B2234 at Merrow.

See last week’s post with the comments and extra details readers supplied.

Which village is this? Click to enlarge in a new window.

This week’s mystery vintage image is a picture postcard view from I would guess the early 1920s and features a pub that is still there today. It’s in a village a few miles from Guildford on a busy road. Do you recognise the location?

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

The quirky picture is a wooden seat carved in the form of a dragonfly. It can be found at a site brimming with nature about a mile and a half from Guildford town centre.

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.

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Responses to Where Is This? No.264

  1. Bernard Parke Reply

    June 17, 2017 at 12:09 pm

    1) Abinger Hammer

  2. John Lomas Reply

    June 17, 2017 at 1:57 pm

    The Compasses Inn at Gomshall features in the old photo.

    Presumably a picture from just before or just after the First World War.

    Magnified and then zoomed I noticed what looks like “Surrey Crust” on the chimney. Was it an inn at this time or just tea rooms with an associated bakery?

    The dragonfly seat is at a crossing of boardwalks in the Riverside Nature Reserve across the river and north-east from Stoke Lock.

  3. A Tatlow Reply

    June 17, 2017 at 7:01 pm

    I reckon this is the Compasses Inn at Gomshall.

    The lovely weeping willows must have come later and are now gone. I miss them.

  4. Dave Middleton Reply

    June 17, 2017 at 11:23 pm

    The pub is the Compasses at Gomshall.

    The bench is on Riverside Park at Burpham.

  5. Claire Lee Reply

    June 19, 2017 at 1:51 pm

    The first image is the Compasses Inn in Gomshall.

    The Mayfly bench is in the Riverside park nature reserve.

  6. Keith Childs Reply

    June 19, 2017 at 5:35 pm

    The first picture shows the Compasses in Gomshall.

    I have no idea where the other one is.

  7. Chris Townsend Reply

    June 19, 2017 at 8:01 pm

    The pub is the Compasses, as indicated by the sign, on the A25 at Gomshall.

    At that time it belonged to the Surrey Public House Trust, hence the words on the chimney.

    That’s the Tillingbourne on the left, and the North Downs in the background.

    The dragonfly is at the Riverside Park nature reserve.

  8. Mike Williams Reply

    June 21, 2017 at 8:21 am

    Funny isn’t it ? All these years and I assumed the Compasses was linked to the name for a directional compass being beside the road. Not until noticed the old sign that I’m wrong – it’s named after geometry compasses – with perhaps a masonic connection?

  9. Margaret Cole Reply

    June 22, 2017 at 6:45 am

    The first picture shows the Compasses public house at Gomshall with the River Tillingbourne rinning alongside.

    Second one, no idea.

  10. Brian Holt Reply

    June 23, 2017 at 9:19 pm

    1. The Compasses Inn, Station Road, Gomshall.

    Opened in about 1820 as a beer house and called God Encompasses.

    2. The Riverside Nature Reserve. The dragonfly sculpture on the boardwalk crossroads in the wetlands near Stoke Lock Guildford.

  11. Mike Dillon Reply

    June 23, 2017 at 9:41 pm

    I think this this is the Compasses Inn at Gomshall with the Tillingbourne Stream running behind it.

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