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By David Rose
Well done to Ian Plowman, Darrol Radley, and my old mate Simon Vine, who replied last week – they all knew the mystery date and the location of the vintage photo.
The location of the Angel, Son & Gray building was, of course, on the corner of Woodbridge Road and Onlsow Street.
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James Angel came to Guildford with his family in 1889 from Pembroke Dock in Wales and started an ironmongery business. It also had premises further along in Commercial Road and on the opposite side of Woodbridge Road. They all became a bit of landmark in the town.
The business sold all types of building materials and supplies. Last week’s photo showed the building that was known as “Angel’s Corner”. It was its modern showroom that covered 7,000 sq ft. When the Friary development took place at the end of the 1970s, Angels of Guildford moved to Mary Road. The company was taken over by the Wilky Group in 1982.
The photo (see below) is of a Guildford street, close to the town. I think is dates from the 1980s. By this time the ‘corner shop’ had become an small video shop. Even they are becoming scarcer these days! Any ideas where it is?
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