Guildford must be the largest town centre on the River Wey but as you can see below we found a lovely mooring next to the water meadows. From here it is just a 10 minute walk into the centre of town.
Nb Valerie can just be seen past the rowing club`s boathouse. A sunny weekend brought out the BBQ`s and picnickers into the fields off to the right but were just far enough from the mooring to give us peace and quiet.
It`s a Time Vault sealed by Dame Vera Lynn in 2000 to be opened in 3000. Items sealed in the vault include a Mini car and the flying lady also called the Spirit of Ecstasy--from the hood of a Rolls Royce car. Wouldn`t you just like to be there and see what people make of the contents that reflect on life one thousand years in the past.
While there is plenty to see in Guildford, this building caught my eye, standing proud at the top of the high street amongst the shops.
On site there are 20 flats, although they state vacant apartment, housing 28 residents.
George Abbot is buried in Holy Trinity Church across from the Alms houses. Handy for him to keep eye on his legacy.
The impressive arched entrance leads to the courtyard and a rope marks the boundary of public access, giving residents some privacy. I have stitched some photos below to give an idea of how some of the apartments form a square facing out onto the green beyond the entrance.
You really must appreciate the work that went into this and so many of our old buildings. It survives after almost 400 years. I think of today's buildings and wonder how many will survive 400 yrs hence. Stone window openings and those tall chimneys would today be too labour intensive and cost prohibitive.
This high street shop looks normal enough but it`s what lies below street level that`s interesting! As you go down the steps behind the Black railings you enter a medieval undercroft dating back to the latter part of the 13th century. There are about half a dozen in Guildford but this is the finest in the country.
This is a model showing a side view. The steps come down from the street and above the undercroft would have been the merchant's house. This was a very practical use of the buildings footprint and having seen so many stunning basements in the U.S. I cannot understand why we don`t make use of the ground below our homes here in the UK. Guildford is a nice place to spend a few days with the castle and museum being just two more of many attractions in the town.