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By David Rose
Well done to all of you who had no trouble spotting last week’s mystery photo as the bottom of North Street near the junction with Friary Street (just out of view). The shops have long gone and today it is the delivery entrance and path to Phoenix Court.
Click here to read all the replies to last week’s poser that appear at the foot of the post.
And the mystery date appears on the Onslow Bridge in Bridge Street. Again, another one that was quite easily recognised. The picture here shows the sign along with some more of the bridge’s iron work.
Interesting to think that as that bridge was not opened until 1882, for nearly 40 years all the traffic to and from the railway station (opened in 1845) would have had to have gone down Farnham Road and Park Street and over the Town Bridge to get into the centre of Guildford. See, it took them a long time back then to sort out traffic problems!
This week’s mystery picture is a cracker as far as I am concerned and it is reproduced from an old ‘real photograph’ picture postcard that I had not seen before.
It is pasted into one of a number of scrapbooks I have been looking at and copying items from, that belong to Fred Smith of Guildford. His late father compiled the scrapbooks in the first decades of the 20th century. They are packed with press cuttings and vintage photos.
This postcard does not have a caption printed on it, so I can’t be sure of the location. But I think I have an idea as I have enlarged it on my computer screen and I recognise the buildings facing at the far end of the street seen here.
The buildings in the street itself remain, but the ones in the road in the background have gone. As a clue, I think it’s fair to say that it’s a street not too far from the former cattle market.
The mystery date appears on a landmark building. Cropping it in as I have done may make it a little harder to recognise, but take Courage when you send your reply!
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.