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Where Is This? No.69

Published on: 7 Aug, 2013
Updated on: 7 Aug, 2013

By David Rose

A fantastic 18 replies to last week’s mystery images – many of you getting them spot on.

The vintage picture from about 1922 showed what is currently Howard Morley’s estate agents in the upper High Street. Yes, it was once a motor garage. Many of you supplied plenty of details on that including Chris Townsend. Click here to see last week’s post and all the replies at the foot of it.

The ‘quirky’ photo showed the handrail at the top of the steps to Rosemary Alley, that leads from Quarry Street to Millbrook. I guessed many of you have fond memories of that place, and I was proved right. I liked Peter Bullen’s comment, plus Brian Holt’s  and Dave Peters’ and all the others too.

I see the brothers Staniforth of Pedal Pushers cycle shop in Stoke Road correctly identified both locations. To newer readers of this column, Doug and Bill have been having a long-standing joke with us at The Guildford Dragon NEWS, goading us into providing a prize for correct answers to these images; but in the style of 1980s TV quiz shows such as Bullseye, that always seemed to have top prizes of caravans or speedboats. They keep requesting something similar.

We’ve tried to pass them off with some out of date Green Shield Stamps and enquired whether a reader has access to providing a week’s hols in a caravan at somewhere like Bracklesham Bay in darkest February, but nothing has yet materialised.

So if you were wondering what they are going on about launching a speedboat down Rosemary Alley to the river, now you know…

Where's this then?

Where’s this then?

And now on to this week’s mystery vintage photo and another from the collection at the Guildford Institute. Allen’s confectionary shop has long gone (they also had a boathouse on the river), but the building remains. Do you recognise where it was and the corner of which streets – as a clue, one is the High Street, and the other street?

What is this and where is it?

What is this and where is it?

Here’s the ‘quirky’ photo of something that can be found in Guildford today, but not always seen, unless you keep your eyes peeled. Where is this and what does it represent? I have no idea to the latter. As a clue, it’s in a side street between North Street and High Street.

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 quirky picture, and the next pair of images.

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Responses to Where Is This? No.69

  1. Ray Springer Reply

    August 7, 2013 at 8:52 am

    The corner of Friary Street and High Street.

    The quirky object protruding from the wall above a currently unoccupied shop is in Market Street. Have no idea what it is, or supposed to represent.

  2. Peter Bullen Reply

    August 7, 2013 at 11:40 am

    Looks like the corner of the old Friary Street?

  3. Judy Oliver Reply

    August 7, 2013 at 10:52 pm

    I think the photo is the corner of High Street and Friary Street before it was pedestrianised. If I am right, my mother used to work there.

  4. David & Ann Bailey Reply

    August 9, 2013 at 2:21 pm

    The sweet shop was on the corner of the High Street and Friary Street.

  5. John Lomas Reply

    August 10, 2013 at 2:01 pm

    Isn’t that the junction of Friary St and High St?

  6. Bibhas Neogi Reply

    August 11, 2013 at 3:21 pm

    The building now is a jeweller on the corner of the High Street and Friary Street.

  7. Peter Holt aka Clitherow Kid Reply

    August 12, 2013 at 5:28 pm

    The shop is in Friary Street at the junction with the High Street. At one time the shop was a tobacconist where my butler bought my Churchill cigars. The strange object is in Market Street but I don’t know what it is.

    I don’t need a speedboat as a prize for I have two already, but a box of cigars would be nice and save you money.

    Glad to hear you are okay for speedboats, always good to have a spare. We are sending the cigars by email to save on postage. Hope you are okay with virtual smoking. Ed

  8. Chris Townsend Reply

    August 12, 2013 at 8:54 pm

    The sculpture, by Andrew Kay, is on the side of a building in Market Street.

  9. Brian Holt Reply

    August 12, 2013 at 9:48 pm

    Allens confectionary shop was on the corner of High Street (no 78) and Friary Street.
    In the 1950s it was a tobacconist known as The Cigar Stores, and was still a tobacconist when we had the 1968 floods.
    It has also been the Mobile Phone Centre,and is now
    WHIBLEYS the Jewellers.

    The Metalwork Globe, is a decorative metal globe high up above the empty shop, in Market Street which was until recently the Everest Kitchen shop.

    Its by Andrew Kay.

  10. Doug and Bill Reply

    August 13, 2013 at 3:13 pm

    It’s the corner of Friary St and High St (now Wibleys the jewellers).

    The other photo is in Market Street next door to Plantation Bar. We’re not sure what it represents but could it be something to do with the Quidditch game in Harry Potter?

    Or is it the symbol of the Guildford Speedboat Owners Club?

    Surely aspiring members such as yourselves know. Ed

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