Photo Quiz No.45: Where is this view? Answer: Farnborough Hill School

Been awhile since I posted a photo quiz for readers. This photo is of a view, while not in the Borough, is close enough. So where is this impressive view? Answer later today.

Answer: Looking down from Farnborough Hill School, in Farnborough. Last Friday afternoon, the school, off Farnborough Road, advertised an open afternoon. We took it as a general invitation, though in reality it was for prospective parents to visit the school and talk to teachers and pupils. Advertised at 1.30 pm on the Friday, we arrived later, and the many hundreds of prospective parents were sitting in the school hall listening to a presentation.

Not being prospective parents we merely walked by the school and admired the view from the school. Here’s the school’s description of their grounds,

Farnborough Hill’s setting is certainly unique. The main house has an illustrious past and it is set in 60 acres of grounds, which include secluded gardens and woodland. Situated on the highest point in Farnborough, it has marvellous views over the surrounding countryside.

Photo Quiz No.44: Answer is Hascombe spring fountain

Here’s the answer to the question I posed earlier, where in Surrey can this be found?

It’s Hascombe spring fountain in the village of Hascombe on the B2130 from Godalming to Dunsfold. The water quality varies, for some years it’s fine, then in other years, following the regular checks by Waverley District Council, it’s unfit to drink.

The full story of the spring fountain is covered in The Guildford Dragon. Here’s part of their article,

It was built in 1877 by Edward Lee Rowcliffe (1825-1898), in memory of his brother Henry. A notice beside it states that the water is piped from a spring in the side of the hill bordering nearby Hoe Lane.

Mr Rowcliffe built another fountain in 1893 near the junction of the B2130 and A281 “for the refreshment of wayfarers”. It is no longer operational.

He was a successful lawyer and in 1864 bought Hall Place, a house near today’s Dunsfold Park.

He bought up other land locally, and by 1890 was one of two landowners who owned most of the parish of Hascombe.

It’s been dry weather, ideal for hunting for obscure milestones in Surrey. Though dry, it was an absolute disaster in my quest to locate a couple of milestones.

I did, however, pass by this unusual water fountain. It’s in Surrey. The question is, where in Surrey can it be found?

Answer to Photo Quiz No.43: Queen’s Avenue Bridge over the Basingstoke Canal in Aldershot

David Parsons knew the answer. Good on him. It’s one of the lamp posts on the bridge over the Basingstoke Canal on Queen’s Avenue in Aldershot.

Queen’s Avenue is a long straight road, on which are many things to interest the passer by, with historic Army barracks, monuments, a museum, churches, and Army sporting facilities, including the bridge.

The bridge was in a very poor state of repair in the 1990’s, with rusting deck supports. The Ministry of Defence funded its restoration to enable the bridge to carry traffic up to 40 tons. The Basingstoke Canal Society website describes the history of the bridge, along with many photos of it. Here are my photos, click on images to expand.

Answer to Photo Quiz No.42: Queen Mary’s Steps by Ministry of Defence

Apologies for being a touch late in posting the answer to the latest Photo Quiz. I note that Dr Grumpy and Cllr Adrian Page both knew the answer. Bright sparks, both.

The steps and terrace in the photo are know as Queen Mary’s Steps. They provided access for Queen Mary II and her officials to reach the State Barge on the Thames. They were part of the Palace of Whitehall, the official London home of the royal family from 1538 to 1698. The palace burnt down by fire. British History Online describes the history of the steps.

The steps can be seen on the Thames embankment side of the Ministry of Defence, not far from the Houses of Parliament. The descriptive plaque by the steps says,

In 1691, Sir Christopher Wren designed for Queen Mary II a terrace overlooking the Thames in front of the old river wall of Whitehall Palace built by Henry VIII.  This terrace, projecting about 70 feet into the bed of the river, was about 280 feet long.  As it involved the destruction of an earlier private landing stage a curving flight of steps was made at each end to give access from the Royal Apartments to the State Barge.

In 1939 excavations for the new Government Building revealed the river wall of the Tudor Palace, the later terrace wall and the Northern flight of steps.  The upper portion of the steps has been repaired and can be seen.  A reconstructed length of the terrace can be seen immediately to the left of the steps and a rebuilt section of the river wall behind and above the terrace.

Here’s my photo of the steps, and a photo of the steps being uncovered in 1939, [click on images to expand]

Answer to Photo Quiz No.41: Memorial to General Edward Abbot Anderson

Photo Quiz No.41 asked about a memorial in Surrey Heath, inasmuch do you know to whom it memorialises, and where it’s located.

Visitors to the Arena Leisure Centre in Camberley will certainly know, because it’s located by the path leading to its entrance. Rather than repeating everything appearing on the memorial, the photo below shows that it is a memorial to General Edward Abbot Anderson. It was raised by public subscription for ‘The General’ being a respected resident of Cambreley for 43 years. Click on image to expand.

I think it needs a bit of TLC – a letter to the council from me requesting it.