Wednesday, 27 August 2014

Photographer - W Shawcross, Spital Street, Guildford Circa 1880

I purchased this Victorian card, which dates from circa 1880, purely because the photographer was from Guildford and I had never heard of Spital Street.

Some research revealed that Spital Street was an abbreviation for Hospital Street, which referred to the ancient Leper hospital which had stood at the junction of Epsom and London Roads until the 1840's.

It then became known as Upper High Street in 1901. In 1961, the road was formally included in the High Street and the buildings renumbered.

Friday, 15 August 2014

Rosemary Alley, Guildford Circa 1920

This is such an unusual card. Rosemary Alley is, I believe located on the right hand side off the High Street. As you can see, a rather small passageway. When I was growing up the white building at the top of the picture was a cheese shop and the entrance to the alleyway was just by a well known bakers.

Tuesday, 5 August 2014

One Tree Hill, Guildford ~ Circa 1912

Now this card is quite a curiosity. I have never heard of One Tree Hill. The card I purchased earlier this year was posted from Merrow. If  anyone has any ideas on the location of this card I would appreciate it if you would leave a comment.

Monday, 28 July 2014

Friday, 18 July 2014

Cow and Gate circa 1940

Cow & Gate Glucose Tin from the circa 1940
From Cow & Gate Ltd. Guildford England, Net weight of original contents 454 g. (1lb.)

Monday, 12 May 2014

Passfield, Liphook circa 1916

Not exactly Guildford and District, but this postcard caught my eye as it relates to my own family history.

This is of Passfield, at Liphook, a location named on many census returns for my Elstone family

Monday, 7 April 2014

A view of Old Guildford circa 1902

I have had trouble locating the actual spot of this picture. I think it is a small alleyway off the High Street, on the right hand side, just past W.H. Smiths. What do you think?

Tuesday, 11 March 2014

Manor Farm, Wanborough - June 1986

I saw this watercolour in the early 1990s. It is of Manor Farm at Wanborough and was painted by local artist, Jean M Blair in June 1986, which was just a few months before the Puttenham One Place Study commenced.

Tuesday, 4 March 2014

References in the Strangest of Places (part two)

The Library BookWhen I was in the local library last week I spotted this anthology, recently published called “The Library Book” Each chapter is about twenty pages or so from a well know and respected writer, sharing their personal views or memories about books.

The chapter written by Alan Bennett, which commences at page 25 talks about his parents and their regular outings to the public library in Leeds. Alan Bennett talks about the fact that his father left Leeds in 1944 to relocate with his family to Guildford.

This is what Allan Bennett said on page 30 with regard to Guildford in general

".....I don't remember ever finding the public library, but this was because a few doors down from the Butcher's shop where Dad worked was a private library, costing 6d a week, which in the children's section had a whole run of Richard Crompton's William books.........."
The second paragraph on the same page made reference to Walnut Tree Close and you can read those details on the Walnut Tree Close Study page.

I am quite curious to see if I can identify the location and the Butcher's shop that Allan Bennett is talking about.

The Library Book published Profile Books 2012 – ISBN 978 1 78125 005 1

Friday, 3 January 2014

Floods at Guildford - 3rd January 1928

Postcard by D Box. 86 years ago today, this was the view at Guildford. It shows the lower High Street, with St Nicholas Church on the left, looking up to the Mount.

Tuesday, 10 December 2013

The Guildford Floods of 1968

As I am going through and uploading the material to the Walnut Tree Close (Guildford) website, I thought I would share the following story and picture.

In September 1968 the River Wey in Guildford burst its banks. My Mum says they heard a noise one Sunday evening and she went to the door to look out. She told her Dad there was water in the road, and the response was, as one might expect, "Don't be ridiculous!" My Grandfather then went to the back door and sure enough the water was just coming in the door.

The family then worked steadily trying to get what they could upstairs, but essentially it was really too late for some items. On the Monday morning, Mum and her Dad went into Guildford to get some wellington boots, by that point it was inpassible in some parts of town, but they did get the wellingtons and some bread and other essentials. By Lunchtime on Monday the water was well and truly inside the properties and the lower section of Guildford closed off, and the water continued to rise rapidly.

There was at the time an Army barracks in Guildford and they helped to evacuate those worse affected. My Grandparents elected to stay in their home. By Tuesday morning the water had all gone, but a dreadful smell and clean up now existed.

My Mum at the time worked at the department store in Guildford, Plummer Rodis, which was situated also along the banks of the River and the store was also flooded. Mum recalls the Managing Director, a Mr Brown, coming to talk to the staff, thanking them for all their hard work during, what would have been a challenging clean up operation and costly to the business, regardless, as a way of thanking the staff he paid them all an extra week's wages. A far cry from working for a large business today.

Mum always says that my Grandmother was totally oblivious. On the Monday evening, Gran said she felt like a cup of tea. Anyway, Gran toddled off downstairs and it was a few minutes before my Grandfather realised that she had gone downstairs. They heard a small bang then a bit of an expletive and then eventually Gran came back up the stairs with a teapot and a set of cups and saucers. She had turned the gas on and made the tea, completely oblivious that she could have completely blown the house and them to pieces.

When I asked how high the water had come into the house, the response was the water had started to climb the stairs and had made it past the first three. It might have been a dreadful experience, but not totally unexpected given how close the house was to the river. The reason for the flood, was not due to excessive rain. but there was a problems with the locks which controlled the volume of water.

This photo was taken by Allan Edwards, whose mother in law lived across the road from my Grandparents. I have looked at this photograph lots of times as it shows the house,the first on the right where my Grandparents lived, but it was only recently that I realised that the top window is open and has my Grandparents looking out and the bottom window has my Mum peeping outside.