High Street 1953, Guildford
Memories of High Street 1953, Guildford
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My Great Grandfather
The man in this photograph is quite possibly my Great-Grandfather. The family name is 'Wye' and he was the lock keeper at St. Catherines lock during the late 1800's early 1900's the family lived in the lock keepers cottage on the River Wey, where they ran a little tuck shop on the river bank. He also operated a punt (known as the St. Catherines ferry) to take people across the river to the golden sands at St. Catherines hill. My Grandmother Ada Reffold (nee) Wye was married in St. Nicolas Church , Guildford to Henry Reffold in the 1920's and taken by punt down the River Wey in her wedding dress from the cottage to the church for the service.
Another Brick Owner
I also own a brick in the cathedral! Because my father was the Baptist Minister in Godalming I was fortunate enough to be invited to the consecration of the cathedral in the presence of HM The Queen in May 1961. The tower was not in place then and was added afterwards. The Bishop of Guildford was then George Reindorp, who now has a school named after him. I have often played the organ there - a fabulous instrument! The church I attended in Hove - Bishop Hannington Memorial Church - was also designed by Edward Maufe, who designed Guildford. It was built as a prototype and when you go inside it's easy to see why.
I was living in Castle Street at number 18 when this photo was taken. I remember the hunt gathering in the car park opposite on Boxing Day and the bakers on the road down to Tungstate where mum would get me and my sister an iced bun, and playing in the castle grounds on my scooter.
I remember the castle well, as my family lived in Castle Street, and just after the war, for about two weeks (I'm not sure, but I think it could have been for National savings bonds), the castle was lit at night with a searchlight, very bright, and difficult to sleep. The families in that area were very close and I remember the Cooks, Coppingers, Adams and the Knights, to name but a few. OH Happy days.
Harvey's Roof Garden
We moved to live in Hersham, Surrey, in the late 1950's and visited Guildford quite often through the 1960's. A visit to the Rooftop Cafe was always a highlight for me. I remember jumping from stepping stone to stepping stone, and watching the fish darting about in the water. I have never seen another roof top cafe anywhere and I'm very glad to know this unique place is still in existence - I have very happy memories of it.
Back in the 1960s my sister used to take her dolls to the dolls' hospital to get them fixed, they also mended teddy' bears but my best memory of the dolls' hospital was that they used to have a Jonny 7 machine gun set up in the window, it was a toy gun that broke down into 7 different weapons. I was living on Bellfields then and my mum didn't have much money so she couldn't afford to buy me one and all of my mates were in the same boat, so we used to walk to town and spend ages looking through the shop window at it, as often as we could. I moved away from Guildford in 1967. I'm visiting this summer for the first time since I left and Swan Lane is definately on my must visit list.
The Bottom of Guildford High Street.
My great-grandmother, great-auntie and great cousion lived above the shops on the right hand side of the picture. They were told to move as they were going to knock them down. But if you walked down the road now you will see that they are still there! This would have been in the early 1930s. They moved to Walnut Tree Close and stayed there until my aunt died about 2000.
I lived at West Horsley and Saturdays Mum would take me on the bus to Guildford, we would meet my aunt and shop at the market. They would then take me to Harveys and I would have a milkshake sitting on the roof garden. I have told my children about this, now I can show them a photo
The First Annual Flower Show
In 1938 Wood Street village enjoyed their first Annual Flower Show .
My father, Arthur Stock was a driving force in promoting this event. he was later presented with a chiming clock inscribed "Presented to Mr. Arthur E. Stock, Hon Sec. Wood Street, Broad Street and District Horticultural Society, by the members in grateful recognition of the successful result of their first Annual Flower Show, largely due to his indefatigable energy. Sep.1st. 1938."
I have the clock today and it is still chiming and also have photographs of the event together with photographs of the activities of the Home Guard where my father was C.S.M.
I attended Wood Street school and later Guildford Technical College.
We lived in Broad Street, The white semi detached house in about the middle of the row.
My grandfather built the first houses on Fairlands Estate. I have a photo of him standing on the undeveloped land holding the plans.
The Photo of Guildford, Punting 1895
Whilst the man is 'punting' he is in fact the ferryman and the boat is the Ferry at St Catherine. A replica was built in the 1960s (?) and was used for some years prior to the building of the present bridge. Mr Peter Turner who lives in Meadow Bank nearby might be more help.
Endless Summer Days
The photo is much older than my memories but there is little changed apart from the swimming costumes. Long sunny summer days were spent here each summer holiday. The cafe sold hot Oxo and shrimp sweets: delicious.
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, my very good friend Christine and I worked there since we left school.
My name was Linda Way.
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.
Still Looks The Same Now
This place has not changed in nearly 100 years. I lived here for 15 years. The houses were originally built for Billings (the printers) workers All of the houses had an equal share in the green at the front, there was a committee and we all paid subs. We used to have a man who cared for the shared area called Mr Percy Lemon.
We used to close the gates at both ends to stop cars from driving in when the children were playing on the green.
My nan and mum used to work in the Guildford Dolls Hospital which would have been on the right just beyond the white building.
As the name suggests they would make your doll better if she was ill and also sold many other toys - one of my favourite memories
I think that the "Tree Tops" kennels may now be on this site and that is where we brought our black lab "shep" from
The Royal Grammar School
Contrary to other "memories" this was (and is) the boys' Grammar school in Guildford. I was there between 1974 and 1981 - least said soonest mended! The new school building on the opposite side of the High Street was added in the 1960s.
Old Red Lion Inn
With the help of Brian Faulkner of newspaperdetectives, I have been able to identify the building on the left as the old Red Lion Inn. The Inn fronts on High Street, and Market, formerly Red Lion Gate, is the one running away from the camera. My ggg-grandfather, William Charles Graygoose, was the proprietor till he sold the inn in 1872 and moved to Lambeth. Brian Faulkner has uncovered some interesting articles in the Surrey Advertiser of 1872 relating to Greygoose and the sale of the inn. If anyone has further information about the Greygoose family in Guildford, Wanstead (where W C Greygoose was born in 1821), or Lambeth, I would be thrilled to hear from you!
Mom Attended Here in The 1930's
Mom did take me to Guildford and the surrounding area a few times in the mid 60's and late 60's. I was quite young....she went from here to Horsham school. Horsham school I can find nothing on. Do you know where I can find them?
In the year 2000 I was in England and wanted to go back to Guildford but I had no way to get there - well, I did but didn't use all that was available. I was told that nothing was there anymore.
As A Child
I remember going with my nan to see her sister Maud Chennell who used to live in Castle Street. I remember it as being a very small house. I remember my great aunt had a musical box shaped like a swiss cabin. I used to love to play with it. And eating the finger style trifle sponges. I would love to know if those little houses are still there?
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 born at Grange Road, Stouton in 1947. One of my memories of Guildford was a place called the Mount, where my uncle Peter is buried. I remember that hill so well.
Just A Child of 12 When.........
My friends Carole, Linda & I would go to this roof top garden for a glass of orange juice. We were only 12 at the time and this garden was on the top of Harvey Department Store in the High Street. We would sit at the seats in this picture and watch as there were many goldfish swimming in the water there and made for a very relaxing sit in the sun.
My First Job
Working for Thomas Wallis seen here on the left, it was a large department store selling all household goods, from tea towels to carpets and furniture. Oh how I loved my job. In those days the shops used to shut Wednesday afternoons and I wanted to stay there I loved it so much. My Mum, "Collie" as she was known, was in charge of the female staff there and it was a privilege to work there with her, she is 82 now.
I made so many friends there and still keep in touch with one, Linda, who has been a life long friend and became one of my bridesmaids when I married in 1967 at St Nicholas Church in Guildford. The church spire is just visible in the distance at the bottom of the hill.
Today the store is a branch of W H Smiths and I believe the centre stairs to the upper sales floor have been removed. We had to go up and down these many times a... Read more
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 Hospital). I sang in the main choir and in the "small" choir. With the latter I went to St Martha's every Christmas to sing carols. It was a cold walk to the top of the hill, and pretty chilly in the church as well.
Pilgrims Wood Childrens Home
Around the late 50's/early 60's I was at Pilgrims Wood with my two sisters, Patricia and Mary. It is and will always be a lasting memory of both our arrival and our departure. We came from a loving but dysfunctional family that grew in size each year with additional children. We had never known structure and order within our lives and found even the smallest thing so very daunting and frightening. Although hungry, we were unable to eat. We had never eaten beetroot or cheese, rice pudding that 1st night at the large tea table seated between the resident children. To this day I am unable to eat beetroot or any milk puddings. I had my first birthday cake (a small tennis racket brooch on top) which I kept for many years.. although unable to remember how old I was.. will never forget that day.
I attended Onslow County Secondary school in the late 1950s. I remember there were several children attending who came from that children's home at Pilgrim's Way. I always remember them as being well adjusted and extremely well mannered children. One particular friend of mine went by the name of Margaret ?, she had heart trouble and I believe underwent surgery in the early 1960s. She had a sister who had been adopted by a couple who lived near the school at Onslow Village. How wonderful it would be if she were to read this and make contact. I have a photo of her and myself taken I believe at the top of Guildford Park Road. Happy memories.
Pilgrim Wood Children's Home
Pilgrim Wood Children's Home is now on Facebook
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 my own. I am now 47 years old and still wish I was there, back in my childhood. I have driven past on a few occasions, and actually stopped and knocked on the door last October(2010). It is now a residential home for elderly people. They have changed parts of the buildings and the grounds, but it is still my favourite home.
My father was farm manager at Orange Court Farm from 1964-1967. We lived in one of the cedar wood bungalows put up in Littleton, I suspect in the early 1960s, by the More-Molyneux family for estate workers - they also owned the Guildway building firm at Artington at that time, and the bungalows were variants on their standard designs. Other estate workers lived in unrestored 17th-century cottages in Littleton which, while quaint, were much less salubrious. Children in the village attended St Nicholas School in Guildford, being picked up by a coach which negotiated the hairpin bend near Pilgrim's Wood with difficulty. After passing the 11+ in 1966 I went on to Godalming Grammar School which required a mile and a half bike ride to Loseley Lodge on the main A3100 to catch the Aldershot & District bus. A mass of bikes owned by other Littleton people catching the bus to Guildford or Godalming was left round the tree next to the Lodge. The lower part of Littleton lay on... Read more
GOING FOR WALKS AND SWINGS IN THE BIG GARDENS
I was at Pilgrims Wood, Sandy Lane, Guildford, Surrey, in years from 1959-1965, with, my two siblings.
I remember having to attend the church at Littleton, and I also remember having to go for walks in the woods. One day when I was older some other children and I were allowed to go on our own and we got lost and could not find the way back I often laugh at this.
I really loved the countryside out there and walking up Sandy Lane in pitch darkness.
My stay was not too bad at this home.
PILGRIMS WOOD, SANDY LANE
Hello, my name is Fred Clarke, I was at the orphanage called Pilgrims Wood, in Sandy Lane, in 1945/46. I remember the searchlights and the barrage balloons on the Hogs Back. We used to play in the woods, and go to the church in Littleton. I also started my first school at St Nicholas, these were happy times and I was well looked after. If you were there at this time or can relate to the era, please contact me, my email is firstname.lastname@example.org
Christmas Farmers Market
Many years were spent going to Christmas market at Guildford. Also Slyfield auction on sunny and wet days, meeting with friends, buying things we didn't need, all part of the atmosphere. Vry special times and happy memories of Guildford.