Saturday, 5 March 2016

Quarry Street circa 1870

This is one of the earliest images I have in the Guildford collection and I paid rather a lot for it, (don't tell my husband, its a secret!). This dates from around 1870 and looks at Quarry Street with St Mary;s church in the center.


  1. Julie, I have included this post in Interesting Blogs at
    Love that image...
    Thanks, Chris

  2. Hello Julie My 3rd gr grandfather was William Chitty the owner of the property at 38 Quarry Street. Apparently The Good Intent. Is your photo in that area. My William married Maria Broomfield who was christened at St Mary's in 1807. Their children were christened there as well.

    1. Hello Karen, I believe so. I do have a book on public houses in Guildford and will check that for you.

  3. Thank you Julie, I've just discovered a sad history of 38 Quarry Street. William (3rd gr) ends up in Bethlem Hospital in 1851 due to drinking. The records have turned up in Find My Past. Apparently he was neglecting his business, at the time a grocer. In 1851 he has 6 children, although I have 7 listed in my records, but James dies at 6 years.
    There's William born in 1832, Charles 1835, George 1838, Henry 1839, James 1840-1846, Elizabeth 1842 and Jane born in 1845.
    William is married to Maria Broomfield, and early census shows her father William living near or with them.
    William is in and out of Bethlem between 1851 - 1867.
    In 1852, worried the family will all end up in a workhouse, Maria takes a mallet and kills her youngest daughter Jane. She's stopped by the other children who hear the cries.
    Maria ends up in Horsemonger Lane Gaol, is acquitted due to insanity and given a Royal Pardon, but is transferred to Bethlem until 1859 when she is discharged and is found in the 1861 census living at 68 Quarry Street, with her husband and two children. William's trade is now listed as a grocer, baker and barkeeper. Their son William joins the railroad, and is my direct line. You can see by 1881 their son Henry is a barkeeper at the Good Intent and is raising his family there. His father William is listed as living there as well.

    Thought the story might interest you.