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Where is This? No.280

By David Rose

Opinions from those who replied differed as to where the photographer was standing when taking the now vintage picture featured in the previous post.

The view looks towards St Martha’s Church. I was not sure myself, but going on the number of replies, the majority seems to favour a view from around the One Tree Hill area and with Tyting Farm, off Halfpenny Lane, in view.

The quirky pictured did indeed show a view from Sydenham Road, looking through a passageway to Oxford Terrace. Well done and thanks to all who replied.

Where was this and what were its uses over the years? Click on image to enlarge.

The vintage picture this time shows some rather austere buildings not far from Guildford town centre. Pictured here during the First World War and published as a picture postcard when the buildings took on a different use.

Only a little of the buildings on this site remain today. Do you know where and what this is?

Where can this window be found and who is the person depicted? Click to enlarge the image.

The quirky picture was supplied by Dave Middleton. We do not often feature interior views, as they can be quite difficult to identify, but this is from a well visited building in Guildford High Street. So, which one, and more interestingly, who is the person depicted in the stained-glass window?

If you know the answers and perhaps can add some more details, please leave a reply in the box below. I’ll give the answers in two week’s time with the next two images.

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3 Responses to Where is This? No.280

  1. John Lomas Reply

    December 3, 2017 at 10:57 pm

    I suspect the old picture was the Union Workhouse and the change of use mentioned was when it became St Luke’s Hospital.

    I am guessing that the window is in one of the Guildhall doors.

    The subject could be one of Guildford’s literary figures, possibly Lewis Carroll.

  2. Chris Townsend Reply

    December 9, 2017 at 8:10 am

    The postcard shows the workhouse at a time when it was adapted for use as Guildford Military War Hospital, as the caption says on a similar image at

    I think the stained-glass window depicts Lewis Carroll, and is in Abbot’s Hospital.

    The Visitors’ guide describes the Guesten Hall, and states “Lewis Carroll, whose family lived in Guildford, gave a series of mathematical lectures here during 1897.”

  3. Mike Dillon Reply

    December 13, 2017 at 7:17 pm

    I think this looks like part of the old St Luke’s Hospital complex.

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