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Where Is This? No.53

Published on: 16 Apr, 2013
Updated on: 16 Apr, 2013

By David Rose

The eagle-eyed readers among you had not trouble recognising the building towards the top of last week’s mystery vintage photo as being the Playhouse Arcade and cinema.

It was built between 1919 and 1921 at a cost of £60,000 and opened as an arcade of shops, theatre, a club and winter gardens. It was designed by Guildford architect Frederick Hogdson. In the early days William Harvey had his ladies outfitters shop there before moving across the High Street in 1948 into the premises that’s now House of Fraser.

The arcade itself was much renovated in the 1980s reopening as Tunsgate Square shopping centre. In 1998, the site changed hands for £16.6 million.

Thanks to everyone who left a comment, many also noting other buildings seen in the photo such as St Mary’s Church, the Castle Grounds and so on. Click here to see last week’s post and all the comments at the foot of it.

And last week’s mystery sculpture photos does indeed depict a scene from Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and can found near the river at Millmead.

Do know where this is?

Do know where this is?

On to this week’s mystery photo and a view of a row of buildings somewhere on the outskirts of Guildford. The view dates from about the 192os. As a clue, the building on the far right still stands, but the next few buildings on have largely disappeared. There has been a motor garage there for some time, It once sold petrol, but the pumps were removed a decade or more ago. The wall seen on the far left is still there (I think).

Where can this be found?

Where can this be found?

This time around the mystery sculpture (or statue), photographed by Peter Bullen, is actually part of a grave memorial. Do you know where it is?

If you know the answers to this week’s, and perhaps have some comments to make, 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 vintage photo and sculpture, and the next pair of images.


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Responses to Where Is This? No.53

  1. Brian Holt Reply

    April 16, 2013 at 11:31 pm

    I think it looks like Kings Road, Shalford, looking towards the A281 Horsham Road, but I don’t remember a wall on the left.

    The statue looks like it is in Holy Trinity Churchyard, High Street.

  2. Julia Funnell Reply

    April 17, 2013 at 7:12 am

    1) Looking west along Stoughton Road, the green between New Cross Road and Stoughton Road at the junction with Grange Road and Manor Road.

    2) Memorial to the officers of the Quuen’s Royal Regiment, West Surrey, who fell in the Great War. It is in the graveyard of Holy Trinity Church.

  3. Bernard Parke Reply

    April 17, 2013 at 8:50 am

    1) Woking Road

    2) Holy Trinity Church Yard ( First World War Causualty)

  4. John Foster Reply

    April 17, 2013 at 9:25 am

    The street view is Shalford and the statue is in Holy Trinity Churchyard.

  5. Richard Lock Reply

    April 17, 2013 at 12:33 pm

    Worplesdon Road, by Pitch Place. Where there is now a Honda garage, in the background is The Ship pub which has closed down and now up for sale as a 5 bedroom house !!!

  6. John Lomas Reply

    April 17, 2013 at 1:37 pm

    That’s Pitch Place and the best local supply of conkers.

  7. Gay Wheeler Reply

    April 17, 2013 at 9:01 pm

    I think the photo is of Shalford Pond and the houses on the north side.

    The Memorial can be found in Holy Trinity Churchyard.

  8. David & Ann bailey Reply

    April 18, 2013 at 8:14 pm

    Picture is Pitch Place,Worplesdon Road,opposite the Honda Garage, and the Ship Inn

    The statue can be found in Trinity Churchyard.

  9. Doug Staniforth Reply

    April 19, 2013 at 3:49 pm

    This is Pitch Place on the Worplesdon road.

    The shop in the foreground is now a house, next to it is was Grosvenor garage and further on is The Ship Inn. The wall is still there. Further down on the left was the Ministry of Ag and Fish which burnt down and is now Worplesdon Care home.

    The statue is in Holy Trinity churchyard. You can just make out the Fullers sign on the Royal Oak in the background.

    Not a pond or lake in sight so no need for a speedboat so can I have some sun cream too just in case we get more sun than Eastbourne?

    [Suncream! Surely you lads at Pedal Pushers have got a bit of spare axle grease you could use up? Ed]

  10. Chris Townsend Reply

    April 20, 2013 at 8:01 am

    The mystery photo shows Pitch Place, on the Worplesdon Road, looking towards the Ship in the distance, beyond the site of the garage. The house with the bay window is still there, as is the wall much covered in greenery, and most of the trees, with a few replacements.

    The memorial is in Holy Trinity churchyard.

  11. Ray Springer Reply

    April 20, 2013 at 9:29 pm

    A complete guess this week – Perry Hill Worplesdon, and the statue in Holy Trinity church yard

  12. Ray Springer Reply

    April 24, 2013 at 10:02 am

    Well, geographically I wasn’t far out.

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