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Where Is This? No.8

Published on: 15 May, 2012
Updated on: 15 May, 2012

By David Rose

Many of you correctly spotted the previous mystery location photo and mystery date.

The photo was of Walnut Tree Close (railway station end) and the sign with the date is on the wall of St Nicolas’ Church at the foot of the High Street. It marks the high water level of the 1968 floods. Click here to see the post again and all your comments.

Sign marking the high water level of the September 1968 floods.

This week’s mystery photo (see below) shows one of Dennis Bros’ specialist vehicles most probably being tested soon after it was completed at the factory at Woodbridge, Guildford. It is seen here in a road in the town centre. I guess the photo dates to about the end of the 1960s or early 1970s. Do you know where it is?

Any idea which street this is?

Our mystery sign containing a date (see below) is again courtesy of Richard Bailey. Do you know on which sign the date appears? A clue is that it’s a blue plaque in the High Street and you have to look up to see it.

This date is on a blue plaque. Do you know which one it is?

If you think you know the answers, leave a reply in the box below. All replies will be posted at the same time in about a week’s time, 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.8

  1. Bernard Parke

    May 15, 2012 at 2:54 pm

    1)Commercial Road North Street in Background.

    2) Blue Plaque in the High Street marking the house once lived in by John Russell the painter.

    Unveiled by John Aids when he was Mayor

  2. Ian Plowman

    May 15, 2012 at 8:30 pm

    The street cleaner is in Chapel Street

    The Date is from a blue plaque marking the birth place of John Russell in High Street just above The Guild Hall and opposite Tunsgate



  3. Mary Bedforth

    May 15, 2012 at 9:15 pm

    John Russell RA. 1745-1806

    PS Where is the Borough Art Collection which contains several works in pastel by this important artist? Guildford people who own this collection should be able to see the works. Shame on GBC.

  4. David & Ann Bailey

    May 17, 2012 at 1:01 pm

    1st photo is Commercial Road at the North Street end
    2nd photo is the date on the plaque to John Russell RA, artist, over Hobbs shop near the Guildhall

  5. brian holt

    May 20, 2012 at 2:12 pm

    The lorry is passing The Baptist Church in Commercial Road which was built in 1850.
    When i was small and lived in Quarry Street, my father use to walk me through the White Lion Hotel yard, and down Commercial Road pass this Church to the City football ground.

    I can also remember there was a Old Baptist Chapel on the corner of Castle Hill and Tunsgate almost opposite my school.

  6. David Rose

    May 21, 2012 at 9:54 pm

    In reply to Mary Bedforth’s comment on the borough’s collection of John Russell pastel portraits: as far as I know, the works of art are put on display periodically at Guildford House Gallery. Due to the many other excellent and wide ranging exhibitions that are featured there they can’t be put on permanent display.