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Where Is This? No.278

Published on: 3 Nov, 2017
Updated on: 3 Nov, 2017

By David Rose

Many thanks, as always, to all who replied to the previous Where Is This? No.277, all correct.

Some good details in the replies identifying the view of what is now the Upper High Street. A couple of readers pointed out it was once locally known as Spital Street, a contraction of ‘Hospital Street’, named after the old St Thomas’ Hospital that had stood at the junction with Epsom Road and London Road. It is believed it treated people suffering from leprosy, and was not a general hospital in the modern sense.

There was a successful campaign in the early 1900s to officially change the name as it it was being commonly referred to in spoken terms as ‘Spittle Street’. The person who led the campaign was the wife of Mr Quittenden. He sold and repaired umbrellas from several locations over the years, with several generation of the family involved in the business.

Click here for the previous post with all the replies that include references to Barfoot’s shop and that he founded the Surrey Advertiser in 1864.

The quirky picture shown last time featured the Town Mill building, now an annexe to the Yvonne Arnaud Theatre. But what the figure on the drain hopper represents is still not known.

Any idea where this is? Picture taken in about the 1930s.

The vintage picture this time around shows people sitting in a tea garden of a single-story cafe (seen to the right). It’s still there today by a local beauty spot, but the tea garden is not as large as seen in this picture probably from about the 1930s. Do you know where this is?

Do you know where this is and what it is used for?

The quirky picture shows a modern building pictured by Bernard Parke. It concerns one of his pet subjects! He says we have’t featured this before. Where and what is it?

The Stanniforth brothers in their comment last time queried whether we have not put our clocks back with regard to the delay in posting the replies and the next post. Well, the column is kind of bi-weekly at the moment – just catching up on many other things!

If you know the answers and perhaps can add some more details, please leave a reply in the box below. I’ll give the answers in two week’s time with the next two images.

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Responses to Where Is This? No.278

  1. Harry Eve Reply

    November 3, 2017 at 7:31 pm

    I think the 1930s cafe could be by the A25 at Newlands Corner. The modern building could be at the Onslow park and ride terminus – used for passengers (with an office for staff ?)

  2. Jan Messinger Reply

    November 3, 2017 at 8:37 pm

    The quirky photo is park and ride shelter. Looks like Merrow’s park and ride. Always very busy.

  3. John Lomas Reply

    November 3, 2017 at 9:48 pm

    I think the old picture is Newlands Corner Tea Rooms, and I’m guessing the modern picture is the Onslow Park and Ride site.

  4. Dave Middleton Reply

    November 4, 2017 at 10:03 am

    The old picture I think shows the Squirrel Hill / Barn Cafe on the opposite side of the A25 road to the Newlands Corner car park.

    Staying with car parks, the new building is the waiting room on the Onslow Park & Ride at Guildford.

  5. Simon Nelson Reply

    November 4, 2017 at 4:50 pm

    The vintage photo is the cafe opposite the entrance to the car park at Newlands Corner.

    The other photo is the park and ride car park at Merrow.

  6. C Barker Reply

    November 5, 2017 at 11:33 am

    Newlands Corner.

  7. Ron North Reply

    November 6, 2017 at 4:02 pm

    Looks very much like Newlands Corner. We may soon be required to park here.

    Maybe the link to the quirky photo of Onslow park and ride.

    An awful thought, but, how long before Newlands Corner becomes a revenue making park and ride? 🙁

  8. John Gibson Reply

    November 9, 2017 at 4:40 pm

    Newlands Corner?

    Artington Park and Ride?

  9. Chris Townsend Reply

    November 11, 2017 at 5:56 pm

    For the vintage picture, I’ll try the Squirrel Hill cafe at Newlands Corner.

    The quirky picture shows the bus shelter at the Onslow park and ride. Worth a visit if only to admire the architecture.

  10. Doug and Bill Stanniforth Reply

    November 14, 2017 at 8:55 am

    Newlands Corner. (Why is it called Newlands Corner?)

    The Bernard Park and ride at the Sports Park, Onslow, an alternative to parking at the expensive hospital and Tesco.

    It would be greatly improved if the shuttle bus stopped at the hospital.

  11. Brian Holt Reply

    November 17, 2017 at 8:50 pm

    The Barn Tea Rooms at Newlands Corner, most of the trees in the picture now gone.

    The under-used park and ride site near the Surrey Sports Park.

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