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Where Is This? No.292

Published on: 22 Jul, 2018
Updated on: 23 Jul, 2018

By David Rose

Welcome back to the land of history and mystery!

You may recall the previous mystery picture and the name of the town or village was asked. It was Cranleigh. Opinions are often divided as to whether it’s a village or a town.

The water fountain seen in the picture still stands. Chris Thomson, in her reply, noted that it was given by the Bradshaw family of Knowle House in memory of their son, Arthur Hibbert Bradshaw.

The quirky picture as she and John Lomas worked out showed a piece of public art in the form of a seed head. It can be found on the green at Bellfields, near the ‘Moggy Pond’.

Click here to see the previous post with all the replies and comments.

Where is this?

The mystery vintage image this time is of a tower and associated buildings in another Surrey village not far from Guildford. Its architecture is distinctive, but somewhat unusual for the area. Some have said its looks a bit Scottish! However, a good deal of locally sourced flint was used. Do you know where this is?

Do you know where this waterfall is?

The quirky picture is a waterfall. I have finally located it as I have been meaning to find it for years!

It’s close to the River Tillingbourne, roughly about 16 miles to the east of Guildford. Do you know where exactly? And can anyone name any other waterfalls in Surrey?

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 about two week’s time (hopefully) with the next images.

And please remember to include your full name in the reply box.

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test 8 Responses to Where Is This? No.292

  1. John Lomas Reply

    July 22, 2018 at 11:29 pm

    The old picture is Horsley Towers designed by Charles Barry, I believe for Lord Lovelace, the husband of Ada Lovelace (nee Byron), who worked with Charles Babbage on the Analytical Engine, regarded by many as the world’s first computer.

  2. John Lomas Reply

    July 22, 2018 at 11:47 pm

    The waterfall is, I believe, the one on the Wotton estate.

    It is sometimes referred to as the Friday Street waterfall and is featured on this walk:

  3. John Gibson Reply

    July 23, 2018 at 6:58 pm

    Horsley Towers and the Tillingbourne waterfall near Broadmoor.

  4. Steve Grove Reply

    July 24, 2018 at 4:41 pm

    The mystery vintage photograph is of Horsley Towers in East Horsley.

    It was the home of the Earl of Lovelace who not only built his home in this style but also many other buildings in East Horsley, along with many bridges on his estate all in the same distinctive style and which can still be seen to this day.

    The waterfall remains a mystery to me.

  5. Ron North Reply

    July 25, 2018 at 2:44 pm

    This is the “secret waterfall” located off the Greensand Way between Wotton Hatch and Friday Street – anyone is welcome to visit my website , which has a page Wotton Circler.

    It contains route, maps, bus info, and photos etc. Please download and use any way you wish.

    The only other waterfall I know of in Surrey can be found at Virginia Water. My understanding is that they are both man-made “garden features”.

  6. Chris Townsend Reply

    August 1, 2018 at 5:41 pm

    Horsley Towers was originally built in 1820 by Sir Charles Barry, but the Earl of Lovelace later added many eccentric features to the estate.

    A few years ago I was able to visit one Heritage Open Day to see the ornate Great Hall, chapel and cloisters.

    The waterfall is roughly between the Wotton Hatch pub, on the A25, and the hamlet of Broadmoor to the south.

    East of the Tillingbourne is a series of artificially created ponds, and the waterfall is to the east of those, marked as such on OS maps.

  7. Brian Holt Reply

    August 2, 2018 at 1:21 pm

    Horsley Towers at East Horsley was built in 1828 and designed by Edward Middleton Barry, the third son of architect Sir Charles Barry who designed the Houses of Parliament.

    It was originally called East Horsley Park and started as a two-storey mansion house. When Lord Lovelace acquired the property in 1850s he renovated East Horsley Park and added the clock tower first on the rear of the building then the great hall with the high majestic ceilings.

    In 1859 he added the chapel and cloisters.

    The Central Electricity Board and its London office was evacuated to Horsley Towers at the outbreak of the Second World War.

    It is now De Vere Horsley Estate, a hotel, conference centre, and for wedding hire, etc.

    The Tillingbourne waterfall is man made and in the private grounds of Wotton Estate, on the north slopes of Leith Hill, probably made as part of the water garden in
    John Evelyn’s time when he lived there in the 1600s, and is fed by the Tillingbourne springs.

  8. J E Davey Reply

    August 4, 2018 at 4:33 pm

    The Mystery Building is Horsley Towers in East Horsley, and I’m pretty sure that the waterfall is near the source of the Tillingbourne, east of Friday Street towards Leith Hill.

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