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Notice: David Rose’s Free Talk – Holy Trinity Steps A Silent Witness To Guildford’s Past

It may sound like an unusual topic for one of David Rose’s well known illustrated local history talks – Holy Trinity Steps A Silent Witness To Guildford’s Past.

However, he will focus on many fascinating events that have taken place on or near the steps of Holy Trinity Church in Guildford High Street.

These include royal proclamations, public gatherings, notable services at the church, as well changes to nearby buildings, and also key events such as the infamous Guy Riots, carnival processions and parades, cycle racing and, of course, the people linked with them.

Many of the vintage photographs that will be featured have rarely been seen in recent times.

The free talk takes place at the Trinity Centre in Trinity Churchyard on Monday, February 12, at 7.30pm. No need to book, just go along in good time to get a seat!

The Queen’s (Royal West Surrey) Regiment gather outside Holy Trinity Church for a special service in 1913.

It is the first in a series of Holy Trinity Church’s heritage lectures, in conjunction with the restoration work at the church courtesy of grants by the Heritage Lottery Fund, Guildford Borough Council and its own funding.

Reading the proclamation of Elizabeth II’s accession to the throne in 1952.

Crowds on the steps for the final of the Tour of Britain cycle race in September 2012.

The Good Friday Walk of Witness reaches Holy Trinity Church steps in April 2017.

Other talks will be: Wednesday, May 30, Trinity Centre, Trinity Churchyard, the Rev’d Adrian Leak will give a talk titled Who Moved the Pulpit? Changes in Church Lay-out, Furnishing and Ornaments through the Centuries.

Tuesday, July 10, at the Trinity Centre, Trinity Churchyard, Dr Mary Alexander’s talk is entitled Digging into the Past: Holy Trinity’s One Thousand Years of History.

Tuesday, November 6, in Holy Trinity Church, Colonel Patrick Crowley (retired) will give his talk Your Local Regiment and its Links to Guildford and Surrey.

For more details contact the Parish Office, Holy Trinity & St Mary’s, 5 Trinity Churchyard, Guildford GU1 3RR. Office opening hours (term time): Monday to Friday 9.30am to 1pm.

Tel: 01483 567716.


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