Photo Quiz No.49: Answer: Seated Man sculpture on Woking Station

The 49th Photo Quiz asked where this statue could be seen? It’s a sculpture in bronze and cor-ten steel by Sean Henry, entitled Seated Man, 2011. It can be seen on platform 1 in Woking railway station.

I saw it from platform 2, while waiting for a London train, and was initially mildly discomfited by it. Had to visit the statue to find out more about it.

Below the photo of the statue, I’ve posted a photo on the adjacent plaque that gives more information. Click on image to expand.



Photo Quiz No.48: Answer – The Holy Well of St John the Baptist Church, Bisley

This, the 48th Photo Quiz, is, I consider, the toughest challenge to date. Of course, if you know the answer it’s not difficult. Detailed answer below.

The answer to Picture Quiz No.48 is the Holy Well of St John the Baptist Church, Bisley.

It is situated beside a footpath, accessed opposite Clews Farm in Clews Lane, Bisley. There’s a parking spot by a gate at the beginning of the path. Alternatively, take the short path from the Church, over a field, to reach the well. Here’s part of what the notice says,

“The St John the Baptist’s Well is a grade II listed building and belongs to the Church of St John the Baptist which is situated a short distance Northwest of here.

Reputedly the well has never run dry nor frozen up. It has provided a dependable supply of fresh water for centuries and was mentioned more than 300 years ago by John Aubrey, a Surrey antiquarian [1626-1697], who wrote, “near the church is a spring called St John the Baptist’s Well. The dedication made me curious to try it with galls (oak apples) which turn it to a purple colour. It is colder than other water in summer, but warmer in winter.”

Earlier still, there is evidence from the Pyrford Charter Bounds (956 AD) suggesting that a church had been constructed near the well wen Christianity became the official religion of the Roman Empire.

…..The spring water from the Holy Well contains significant amounts of dissolved iron and was once said to benefit sufferers from eye trouble and various other complaints but its reputed healing powers have probably been tested in recent times.  It is certainly not recommended to do so these days.  …The stonework is mainly of heathstone, a sarsen stone found locally and is used in the construction of parts of many churches in this area”


ANSWER to Photo Quiz No.47: What is this, and where is it? Police Public Call Post

Here’s a photo tease for you. Some may know what it is, but then you’ll be of a certain age. A more difficult question is, where can it be seen?

This is a Police Public Call Post, located in St Mary le Grand, in the City of London by Postman’s Park, not far from St Paul’s Cathedral.

Photo Quiz No.46: Answer is Eric Bedser in Woking

This morning I asked the question about who is this statue of, and where can it be seen.

The answer is it’s a statue of Surrey and England cricketer Eric Bedser. The statue is at the Horsell end of the Bedser bridge over the Basingstoke Canal in Woking, near the World Wildlife Fund offices and the Lightbox art gallery.

Eric Bedser, and his twin brother Alec both played cricket for Surrey and England. They both went to school in Woking, and both lived in Woking. Alec Bedser’s statue stands at the town end of the bridge.

The statues were unveiled by Sir John Major in 2015.

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?