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Where Is This? No.191

Published on: 6 Jan, 2016
Updated on: 6 Jan, 2016

By David Rose

Happy new year to one and all.

A rest during the festive break means we skipped last week, so here are the answers to the previous post.

The cottage in the vintage picture can be found just off Pilgrims’ Way at the entrance to the Chantries woodland – most readers who replied correctly identified it. It was a keeper’s cottage on the Godwin-Austin estate.

I do not think it was ever named The Cider House (as noted by Margaret Cole), as that is a different building back along Pilgrims’ Way. That one is about half way along on the left-hand side if you are coming from the direction of Shalford Road. Evidently it was called Pest House, as it was used to house people with contageous diseases. It’s name was later changed to Old Peat House, but for many years has has been called Cyder House Cottages.

The ‘ghost writing’ in the quirky picture can be seen on the Rodboro Buildings on the corner of Onslow Street and Bridge Street. Again, I think all who replied with an answer to that got it right.

Click here to see the previous post and all the replies at the foot of it.

Do you recall where this shop once was?

Do you recall where this shop once was?

Here’s the first vintage picture of 2016 and Waring’s newsagents. It was taken by the late Dave Salmon, whose archive picture collection is now in safe keeping by Geoff Burch. So, who remembers this shop and where was it?

Where is this round window?

Where is this round window?

The quirky picture, as you can see, is a round window. It’s part of a well-known building in the town centre, the use of which is very different from what it was built for. Do you know where it is?

If you know the answers please leave a reply in the box below. Replies will be published at about the same time next week with two more mystery pictures for you to ponder.


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Responses to Where Is This? No.191

  1. Paul Burgman Reply

    January 6, 2016 at 9:46 pm

    Waring’s used to be at the top of Stoke Fields, junction with Stoke Road.

  2. Norman Hamshere Reply

    January 6, 2016 at 10:48 pm

    Newsagent in Stoke Road at the top end of Stoke Fields.

    In 1950 it was called The Handy Shop from where as a paper boy I would deliver a copy of the Daily Mirror to the Rose household in Falcon Road.

  3. John Lomas Reply

    January 6, 2016 at 11:38 pm

    The modern picture is the oriel window on the tower of the old fire station on North Street.

    The little white marks to the lower left show that this is the North Street face not the Ward Street face.

  4. Chris Fairs Reply

    January 7, 2016 at 2:23 pm

    I think the newsagents, Warings, was on Stoke Road, at the corner of Stoke Fields, close to the Prince Albert pub.

  5. Ray Springer Reply

    January 7, 2016 at 4:33 pm

    The shop was the Handy Store at 87 Stoke Road, close to the entrance to Stoke Fields.

    The quirky picture is the old fire station on the corner of North Street and Ward Street.

    Built in 1872 it is a Grade II listed building, now public conveniences.

  6. John Lomas Reply

    January 7, 2016 at 9:21 pm

    Pure guesswork for the old picture this week.

    There are houses with similar brickwork pattern near the Woodbridge Road ends of both Markenfield Road and Dapdune Road. So I am wondering if it is in that vicinity?

  7. John Whitbourn Reply

    January 8, 2016 at 9:14 am

    Is it what was (for some unknown reason) known locally as ‘The Mucky Shop’, in Stoke Road, near the Prince Albert pub.

    If so, I recall it was demolished some time in the late 1980s.

  8. Chris Townsend Reply

    January 10, 2016 at 6:01 pm

    The “Handy Shop” was on the corner of Stoke Fields and Stoke Road for many years. Out of view to the left is the Prince Albert pub.

    The round window belongs to the former fire station, opened in 1872, on the corner of Ward Street and North Street, presently converted to public conveniences. The decorative wall tiles inside are worth a look.

  9. Colin Mills Reply

    January 10, 2016 at 8:44 pm

    The “handy shop” at the junction of Stoke Road, Stoke Fields, 194Os and 5Os was run by Miss Penfold, then a Miss Rapley.

    Then in the 1960s until its closure by Mr Waring.

    The round window contained the fan, part of cooling system for the dairy in Chertsey Street.

    I remember it well and the huge lorries turning in and out as I attended Sandfield School from 1948-54.

  10. Bill and Doug Staniforth Reply

    January 12, 2016 at 4:35 pm

    Waring’s shop was on Stoke Road next to the Prince Albert pub, a lot of the stock was on the “top shelf”.

    The round window is on the Ward Street PCs [public convencies] which was the old fire station. Anybody remember Peter Wyngarde?.

    Can we have a square window next week?

  11. Margaret Cole Reply

    January 13, 2016 at 1:33 pm

    This newsagents was once on the corner of Stoke Fields and Stoke Road, now flats and houses are built there.

    The round window can be found on the old fire station in North Street, now used as toilets.

    Not too hard this week, you must be feeling sorry for us.

    [David Rose: Some weeks they may be easy, other weeks a little harder. It’s just the way I choose them!]

  12. Dave Middleton Reply

    January 16, 2016 at 8:28 pm

    Regards the photo of the round window on the old fire station in North Street, it’s such a shame that the fine old clock on the fire station is broken.

    Each face shows a different time.

    I guess the cost of repairing it would fall on the borough council and it can’t afford to repair it at the moment?

    Such a shame that it isn’t looked after as well as the Guildhall clock is.

  13. Michael Flowers Reply

    February 12, 2016 at 2:25 pm

    I was a paperboy there between 1954-55 and it was then owned by a Miss Penfold.

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