Fringe Box



Where Is This? No.70

Published on: 13 Aug, 2013
Updated on: 13 Aug, 2013

By David Rose

Plenty of correct replies to last week’s mystery images. The vintage one showing the building on the corner of High Street and Friary Street, while the unusual object can be found in Market Street.

Click here to see last week’s post and all the replies at the foot of it.

Do you recognise this scene from a picture postcard of the 1910s?

Do you recognise this scene from a picture postcard of the 1910s?

Here’s this week’s vintage photo. Back out in the villages once again and some cows on a common. Do you recognise the location?

Where can these pieces of metal be found and what were they placed there for?

Where can these pieces of metal be found and what were they placed there for?

And for the unusual or quirky object that can be found somewhere in Guildford today, do you know where these three pieces of iron are and what their use was? As a clue, they are a feature from the Second World War.

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.70

  1. Bibhas Neogi Reply

    August 14, 2013 at 9:13 am

    The top picture I think is of Shalford cricket ground as it is now. The houses are on Chinthurst Lane.

    The second picture I guess shows cropped steel sheet piling most probably the south west corner of Town Bridge by the White House Pub. The stone wall is probably the bridge abutment. I have not been there to verify it.

  2. John Lomas Reply

    August 14, 2013 at 3:28 pm

    I think that is Shalford Common.

  3. Peter Bullen Reply

    August 14, 2013 at 5:56 pm

    Shalford Common but the second photo is puzzling. It looks like part of an anti-tank barrier, but usually they were huge V-shaped iron barriers that slotted into the road surface. But where is it? You’ve stumped me with that one David!

  4. David Bennett Reply

    August 15, 2013 at 11:02 am

    The coloured photo is looking across the green at Shalford – I believe the cottages in the distance could be Woodbine Cottages which now overlook a cricket pitch.

  5. Clitherow Kid Reply

    August 15, 2013 at 3:10 pm

    The steel plates are down by the town bridge. They were used during the war to stop the fire brigade heavy pump from toppling into the water. I obtain this information by reading an excellent book called Guildford The War Years 1939-45. I don’t know if it’s still in print but it is worth hunting for ISBN 1 85983 177 X. There is a picture on page 53 in the book.

    Can you e-mail my cigars now Thank You.

    Haven’t you got them get? Perhaps they have got stuck? I am told there are some very narrow pipes in parts of the internet and of course being a quality publication we sent the best quality virtual cigars we could find. I imagine they might have been too fat. Ed

  6. Sue Bushell Reply

    August 16, 2013 at 7:54 am

    Is the postcard a view of Shalford ?

  7. Chris Townsend Reply

    August 18, 2013 at 9:00 pm

    The postcard scene is of Shalford Common, looking across the pond towards King’s Road, with the Chantries in the distance.

    The three iron objects are at the river’s edge beside the town bridge, near the White House, and during the war were used to prevent “Big Henry” falling into the river.

    The heavy pumping unit was part of fire defence plans, as described in David’s book Guildford, The War Years 1939-45.

  8. ray springer Reply

    August 19, 2013 at 10:26 am

    Not sure, but think it might be Broad Street common (Wood Street).
    As for the quirky object – no idea, but is it some sort of obstacle to prevent an invasion of German speed boats during the war.

  9. Mrs Jo Moore Reply

    August 19, 2013 at 11:48 am

    First photo is Shalford Common cricket green (behind cows) looking south east from where the present roundabout is.

  10. David and Ann Bailey Reply

    August 20, 2013 at 3:58 pm

    Shalford common looking over the cricket green to the houses in Chinthurst Lane.

    Next to the White House pub by the town bridge…. Originally used to stop fire engines entering the river when they were filling their water tanks.

  11. Doug and Bill Stanniforth Reply

    August 21, 2013 at 9:43 am

    This is shalford ‘cricket green’ taken from station road. It’s a pity the photographer didn’t move slightly to the left as this would have shown the pond which maybe could take a speedboat.
    Got no idea about the other picture but it’s probably somewhere in guildford!

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