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

My Mother's Birthplace

Both my mother and my uncle were born at my nan's house in Quarry Street. My mother was born there on 11th February 1927.  My uncle was born there fourteen months prior to my mother.  My nan had nine children, seven sons then two girls.  I remember my great gran lived quite close.  I myself was ...Read full memory

A memory of Guildford by Susan White

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.

First Date

This is where my boyfriend (now husband) and I went on our first date. I was so nervous I could hardly eat a thing, I was very shy at that time. We went to the cinema after the meal to see The Yellow Rolls Royce. We married in April 1969 at All Saint's Church, Onslow Village. I worked at Thomas Wallis until it closed in 1969/70, ...Read full memory

A memory of Guildford by Linda Potts


I can happily remember the roof garden cafe, it was wonderful with frothy coffee in little glass cups, and we would sit on one of the "island's" that the stepping stones in the picyure led to. I also remember my sister Sue being about 3 or 4 and her falling in the pond head-first trying to touch the fish,   Mum had to dry her out in the loo.

A memory of Guildford by Bob Whitehead

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