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Where Is This? No.43

Published on: 5 Feb, 2013
Updated on: 5 Feb, 2013

By David Rose

Sixteen replies to last week’s mystery pictures – that’s the highest amount so far.

Think everyone recognised the shop as being on the corner of High Street and Quarry Street – now occupied by Thomas Cook travel agents.

It was once a WH Smith book, stationery and newsagent’s shop, and there were some good comments and memories about that among the replies. Click here to see last week’s post and all the replies at the foot of it.

The sundial can indeed be found at Abbot’s Hospital– most got that right too.

So Doug Staniforth is after a book token now for getting the answer right. Um…. difficult one, as soon there may not be any bookshops left on the UK’s high streets to spend tokens in!

Where is this on the River Wey?

Where is this on the River Wey?

This week’s mystery vintage photo is a scene on the River Wey in Guildford. Do you know where and which buildings remain there today? Think at least two buildings still exist.

Think the photo must date to the 1930s as I copied it from an old edition of the Guildford Outlook magazine.

Which Guildford church is this?

Which Guildford church is this?

The mystery clock, photographed by Alistair Fulton, is on another Guildford church (with a steeple). Any ideas which one?

If you know the answers please leave a reply in the box below. All replies will be posted at about the same time next week, along with a new post with the answers to this week’s photo and mystery date, and the next pair of images.


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Responses to Where Is This? No.43

  1. Bernard Parke Reply

    February 6, 2013 at 8:01 am

    1) The Town Wharf, Where the cafe that was a meeting place for senior citizens which was closed down by the council.

    2) Christ Church

  2. David & Ann Bailey Reply

    February 6, 2013 at 1:31 pm

    The photo is of the wharf at the bottom of the High Street, now the statue of the Bargeman is set about there. You can see the building at the far end is now the Electric Theatre and the footbridge you used to cross to get to the bus station.
    The clock is on St Saviours Church.

  3. Angela Gunning Reply

    February 6, 2013 at 2:37 pm

    The Electric Theatre [that now is] and the wooden crane. The bridge over the river is roughly at the far end of the barge.

  4. Ray Springer Reply

    February 6, 2013 at 3:39 pm

    The Town Wharf at the rear of Friary Street where Fogwills had premises.
    The weatherboarded shed and treadmill crane used to unload grain from barges have been renovated and are still there, as is the Electric Works building in the background (Now the Electric Theatre, opened in 1997)
    The footbridge across to Friary Square and the bottom of North Street is visible which has now been replaced by a road bridge across the river

    The clock is on St Saviors Church in Woodbridge Road

  5. Norman Hamshere Reply

    February 6, 2013 at 4:27 pm

    This photo must have been taken from the town bridge beside Debenhams. The crane for loading the barges and the wooden building on the right have been preserved.

  6. Pat Ashworth Reply

    February 6, 2013 at 5:01 pm

    The mystery clock is on St Savour’s Church, the dead giveaway being the spire.

    The photo of the scene on the River Wey with a footbridge in the distance bothers me especially as you have also described it as a ‘vintage’ photo and believe that some of the buildings still remain. My first thought was that it was a view slightly north of Dapdune Wharf looking north but if so it is older than the railway line which today runs alongside the footbridge.

    I cannot help thinking that the footbridge or its successor must still exist so I would like to plump for buildings that might possibly have existed in Walnut Tree Close overlooking the River Wey viewed from the north and that the footbridge is a predecessor of the present footbridge near Guildford Station.

    I look forward to reading the answer!

  7. Ian Plowman Reply

    February 6, 2013 at 8:45 pm

    Photo was taken from the Town Bridge looking towards Bridge Street. The bridge visible was the footbridge linking the two bus stations. The crane is still in situ having been preserved. The building behind the bridge is now the Electric Theatre.

    The clock is St Saviours

  8. Pat Ashworth Reply

    February 6, 2013 at 10:49 pm

    It’s many years since I have been to Guildford but the internet is a wonderful source of information! Does the modern office block of Bishop’s Wharf now stand on the site?

  9. Andrew Cox Reply

    February 7, 2013 at 2:11 pm

    The picture shows the old tread wheel crane building which was powered by two men inside the wheel to unload and load boats at the town wharf in friary street.The building was moved to its current location when area was redeveloped.

    The two large buildings at the top of the picture are of the electricity works building [1913] now the Electric Theatre.

    The church in the picture is St Saviours.

  10. Alan Byrne Reply

    February 7, 2013 at 3:55 pm

    The main picture is of the Town Wharf; the building on the right of the picture still exists and is now a scheduled monument. In the background (to the left) is the Electricity Works, now the Electric Theatre. The buildings between, and the delicate lattice foot bridge, have been replaced by the awful gyratory road bridge.

    The church clock is, I think, St Saviours on Woodbridge Road.

  11. Ken Fuller Reply

    February 7, 2013 at 5:50 pm

    The site is just on the north side of the old town bridge at the bottom of the High Street.
    I think the church is St Saviour

  12. Chris Townsend Reply

    February 9, 2013 at 5:48 pm

    The photo shows the Town Wharf, with Wey Navigation buildings on the right. The treadwheel crane still stands, refurbished and moved a few feet, and the Electricity Works is now the Electric Theatre. On the left, that wall looks like the one I remember from the early ’50s at the Farnham Road bus station. The footbridge in the distance was part of the footway link from Onslow Street bus station, through Friary Square.

    What is the date or number of your Guildford Outlook, David? Does anyone know when the bridge was built?

    The mystery clock is on St Saviour’s Church.

  13. Carol Norris Reply

    February 9, 2013 at 7:48 pm

    Picture 1 : Moons timber yard, Millmead, opposite the garden of the house whene I lived as a child, Westbury House, Bury Street.

    Hope you get this message. Amongst the replies, I couldn’t find the one I sent last week about the WH Smith shop that I’m fairly certain had Boots Library on the first floor at some time.

  14. Caroline Reeves Reply

    February 10, 2013 at 12:43 pm

    It’s the River Wey with what is now the Electric Theatre in the background and the historic crane in the foreground. I think the church is on Waterden Road.

  15. Brian Holt Reply

    February 10, 2013 at 4:00 pm

    It’s the area known as the Town Wharf. I think one of the buildings is the old tread-wheel crane house in it’s wooden shed, because I remember it being preserved.

    The clock is on St Saviour’s Church in Woodbridge Road.

  16. Norman Hamshere Reply

    February 13, 2013 at 9:06 pm

    David, Onslow Street Bus Station opened during the summer of 1949,Farnham Road opened the following year.Yellow Bus service to Camberly starting on 11th May. Ref. “Happy Family” by J Sutton & N Hamshere ! ! !

  17. John Lomas Reply

    February 15, 2013 at 6:15 pm

    In view of the answer now disclosed I wonder if your original date assumption was correct.
    Onslow Road Bus station opened in 1949 and Farnham Road in 1950.
    Was there any reason for a bridge there before 1949?
    There is no bridge shown on the 1935 1:2500 OS map.

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