Friday, 18 March 2016

Five on Friday in Guildford

Hello

Welcome to Five on Friday! 

I've been to Guildford and have spotted five unusual things.

One 

The Kings Head in Stoke Road has a stamp featuring King George VI on its pub sign. Eric Gill, sculptor, stonemason and typeface designer, made some sculptures and carvings for Guildford cathedral but he also designed the background for the first postage stamp series of King George VI's reign in 1937. When the pub was refurbished a few years ago, it was themed using famous associations with the town like Lewis Carroll's Alice in Wonderland, P.G. Wodehouse and Eric Gill.



Two

I rather liked these ornate gates leading into Stoke Park Gardens which are undergoing a revamp at the moment. It used to be the site of a Grade II listed mansion which was demolished in the 1970s.


Three

There were some wonderful reflections in the River Wey Navigations. On 23rd July the National Trust are running an event at nearby Dapdune Wharf where a selection of steam boats will be all fired up.


Four

The pedestrianised High Street is in a right old mess! The cobbles or setts are being reset and the drainage improved with the work supposed to be finished in June. Steep roads were originally paved with setts to give horses hooves better grip.


Five

What a polite mirror! Found in a newly discovered vegetarian restaurant called The Beano.






Yum!

Thanks to Amy for the Five on Friday link-up


Have a great week

32 comments:

  1. You must be such an interesting person Karen you learn so much and impart it to us. Thank you so much. Just love those gates

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    1. Sadly not!! Thanks though. It's surprising what you find when you are out and about. x

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  2. An interesting name for a pub! I love the photo with the shadow of the gate. Have a nice weekend Karen!

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  3. another fantastic post, I always love swinging by here for your five on Friday. Where do you learn all of these interesting snippets?

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    1. Thanks. I just potter about taking snaps and try and find out about things when I get home!

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  4. You need a few of those mirrors in schools I think! Your shadow gate picture is very effective. Like the sound of that National Trust event. Have a good weekend. B x

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    1. Thanks. It's great when the sun shines isn't it x

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  5. Such lovely photos! The colours and reflections of the old bridge are wonderful. So much history and beauty where you live... and gorgeous vegetarian restaurants. :)
    Have a great weekend!

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    1. Thanks Sara there are indeed some beautiful places around :-)

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  6. Oh no a Grade II listed building has been demolished, I wonder how that can happen! I love that pub sign, what a great idea. I also like the mirror and the food looks so good in the vegetarian restaurant, myself and the girls are veggies. A great post Karen, have a lovely weekend xx

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    1. Yes it makes you wonder doesn't it! Maybe it's got something to do with the Council owning the land or perhaps it was in a drewadul state! x

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  7. I'm not sure I've ever been to Guildford so I need to put that right. (After they sort out the pedestrian area!)

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    1. Ha ha yes do it's beautiful. More photos to follow :-)

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  8. It looks as if you thoroughly enjoyed your visit to Guildford, what a shame the beautiful high street is in such a mess at the moment. I used to have a Great Aunt and Uncle who lived in Guildford and one of my earliest memories was visiting them in their what seemed to me a very 'posh' house called 'Haytor' in Park Chase (even the name sounds grand) not far from Stoke Park Gardens that you mentioned in your post. xx

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    1. That's interesting. You don't realise how big the place is. I've a few more photos to share tomorrow. x

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  9. I haven't been to Guildford for years since I did my military training there in 1975, I am sure there would be a lot of changes. Have a lovely weekend.

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    1. I'm sure you'd still recognise it. The shops have changed hands of course but otherwise it's much the same. :-)

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  10. I've never been to Guildford, it looks an interesting place to visit. I like the pub sign and the mirror in the restaurant. I wonder if it used to be in a library?:)

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    1. It was in an Institute so they probably did use it in a library, more appropriate than a café. :-)

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  11. It looks as if you had good weather for your day out. You have a good eye for spotting details and creating interesting photos. Thanks for the information about Guildford and famous associates. I haven't visited for years and only vaguely remember the cathedral. Vegetarian restaurants seem to serve tasty food and all looks delicious in that one.

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    1. There's so much to see when you have a camera and a blog! :-)

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  12. Guildford is a great town for spotting many unusual things isn't it! The high street is so steep I am not surprised that it was cobbled to help the horses, we try and walk down and then back up the other road! It will be good when it is all repaired. Thank you for taking part in Five On Friday, hope you have a good weekend and a good Easter! xx

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    1. At least there aren't any cars whooshing down the cobbles! Thanks, you too x

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  13. Interesting discoveries, liked the pub sign like a stamp.

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  14. I could become a vegetarian if I could eat at that restaurant every day. Looks outstanding! Love seeing what goes on "across the pond".

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    1. It smelt marvellous too. I must go back again!

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  15. Fun sights from your corner of the world. Resetting cobblestone would be a lot of work. I like the reflections from the bridge - great lighting. Yum to the food!

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    1. I wouldn't like that job at all. Thanks

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  16. I've thoroughly enjoyed your 5, esp as a vegetarian the last one - the mirror in the Beano. Curious to know what those eats are and what you ate. Have a good weekend.

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    1. I only had a slice of chocolate and almond cake but was very tempted! :-)

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