Guildford, High Street 1953

Guildford, High Street 1953

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The last chapter's tour starts in Guildford, a cathedral city since 1927. Sir Edwin Maufe's dignified and apt cathedral was only completed in 1966, with much of the work dating from the period spanned by this book. The town has a superb situation on the chalk ridge, with a castle south of the High Street; the ridge is cut through by the River Wey. Many superb buildings complement the townscape, and this 1950s view looking west just before the major descent to the river valley captures some of this quality. Note the road with its stone setts rather than tarmac.

Memories of Guildford

Happy Days

My then boyfriend worked on Saturdays selling ice creams, I used to go up there to see him and sit in the sun looking at the stunning views.

Guildford In 50s/60s

I lived in Agraria Road opposite Jill. My father, George, was a Police Sergeant in Guildford. In the mid 50's I attended Guildford Junior Technical College, in case anyone might remember me. I played piano for service every Tuesday and for dance classes with the girls school below; hence never learned to dance. Also ...Read full memory

A memory of Guildford by Alan Cooper

Bluebells And Carols

I lived in Guildford as a child, and every spring my father used to take me to St Martha's to pick bluebells in the woods at the foot of the hill. It was a sheet of blue, and however many we picked it looked the same. In the 1940s I attended the Girls Grammar School in Guildford (opposite the Royal Surrey County ...Read full memory

Home Sweet Home

I lived at Pilgrims Wood. It was a social services children's home in 1979. I was 16 years old. My mother signed me into care at 2 days old until I was 18 years old. I loved the home and the grounds it was in. You could see the hogs back from my window. I was very sad when I had to leave and fight the big outside world on ...Read full memory

A memory of Guildford by Kim Smith
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