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Where Is This? No. 293

Published on: 12 Aug, 2018
Updated on: 12 Aug, 2018

By David Rose

Plenty of correct replies to the previous two mystery pictures.

The vintage one was of Horsley Towers at East Horsley, and the quirky picture featuring a waterfall can be found on the Wotton estate, not far from Friday Street.

Do click here to take a look at the previous post as those who replied gave lots of extra details about both Horsley Towers and the ornamental waterfall.

Which village is featured here? Click on pictures to enlarge in a new window.

The mystery vintage picture this time is of a road through another village within the borough of Guildford, to the east, but not on the same road as the mystery picture in the previous post.

This picture postcard view is from the early 1900s. It can be seen that it was at that time a hotel. I remember it as a pub and now it’s a tea and gift shop. Many years ago there was a brewery on the site. You can see part of the brewery building in the background of the picture. Do you know where it is? And what was it called when it was a pub?

Do you know where this church is?

The quirky picture is of a delightful little church – not too far across the Guildford borough boundary into Woking borough.

Do you know where it is? And, note the Royal British Legion Silent Soldier silhouette in front of the church. Do you know the link between it and the church? Also, what is the Surrey connection to the Legion’s Silent Soldier campaign?

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 a couple of weeks’ time with the next images.

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

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test 9 Responses to Where Is This? No. 293

  1. Paul Burgman Reply

    August 12, 2018 at 11:25 pm

    Horse & Groom in Merrow

  2. Mick Young Reply

    August 13, 2018 at 7:10 am

    All Souls, Sutton Green New Lane.

  3. John Lomas Reply

    August 13, 2018 at 11:43 am

    That is the Blackhorse in Gomshall now the Lavender Goose.

    I must say that the repro type frontage decoration seen on Streetview looks somewhat OTT.

    A Francis Frith photo of 1906 shows that the building to the right of the archway in the picture is a motor garage which may well explain the RAC signage above the pony and trap.

    All Souls Church at Sutton Green was actually built as a war memorial, following the Great War, in 1921.

  4. Keith Childs Reply

    August 13, 2018 at 5:57 pm

    I believe this is the former Black Horse in Gomshall, originally a brewery and then an excellent Young’s pub until about 15 to 20 years ago.

    The church in the second picture is at Sutton near Sutton Place. I do not know the answers to the other questions.

  5. Steve Grove Reply

    August 13, 2018 at 7:53 pm

    The vintage picture is of the Black Horse public house (as was) in Gomshall.

    It was a Youngs pub. The front elevation has been altered quite a bit since the photo was taken, although still recognisable.

    The pub became Mulligans Fish Restaurant for time.

    The brewery was called rather unsurprisingly The Gomshall Brewery. It became a Youngs pub in the 1920s and the fish restaurant in 1990.

    The little church, I think, may be in the war graves cemetery at Pirbright.

  6. Andy Lobban Reply

    August 17, 2018 at 5:31 pm

    Sutton Green Road.

    I don’t know about military connection – would guess memorial connection to family who had the local manor.

    On foot, you can cut eastwards along a path via Wareham’s Farm to get to River Wey Navigation, south of Triggs Lock.

  7. Chris Townsend Reply

    August 24, 2018 at 8:33 pm

    The postcard view is of the one-time Black Horse Inn and Brewery, at Station Road, Gomshall.

    Mark Sturley’s book The Breweries and Public Houses of Guildford, Part Two has an entry for the pub; the brewery was demolished in 1929.

    The Reffell family were associated with the Black Horse for many years; see

  8. J E Davey Reply

    August 28, 2018 at 5:16 pm

    The mystery vintage picture is of the Black Horse pub in Gomshall on the A25 Dorking Road.

    I knew it as the Black Horse in the late 1950s and early 60s.

    I am afraid the little church is still a mystery to me, I await enlightenment!

  9. Brian Holt Reply

    September 1, 2018 at 11:29 am

    The Black Horse pub Gomshall.

    It was originally a malt house in the late 17th century, it did not become a pub until early 19th century.

    John Reffell’s brewery was behind the pub and part of it can be seen in the picture. The pub was purchased by Young & Co, Brewery Wandsworth in 1926, who demolished the building three years later.

    It was sold to Whitbread’s in 1989 who then ran it as a Milligan’s fish restaurant, it then return to a pub 2008.

    It then opened as a tea room in October 2011 and later called Tilling’s.

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