Guildford Town Guides: bringing our county town's history to life
PUBLISHED: 21:46 23 May 2011 | UPDATED: 19:26 20 February 2013
Back in 1982, Surrey historian Matthew Alexander's History of Guildford classes produced the first Guildford Town Guides, and since then thousands of people have been taken on guided walks around the town.
Back in 1982, Surrey historian Matthew Alexanders History of Guildford classes produced the first Guildford Town Guides, and since then thousands of people have been taken on guided walks around the town.
From May to September, every year, you can take the History of Guildford walk on Mondays at 11am or Wednesdays and Sundays at 2.30pm - there is also a Thursday evening walk at 7pm until the end of August.
The walks are free, point out features of Guildford that are frequently overlooked, last approximately one and a half hours at a leisurely pace and no booking is needed: just meet under Tunsgate Arch in the High Street.
At the end of June, as part of Guildford Summer Festival, the number and variety of walks increases to include Kings Worthies and Scoundrels; St Nicolas and Bury Fields; Public Art; Guildfords old Industries; Hidden Guildford; The Guildhall and Guildford House; Ghosts and Legends; The River Wey and St Catherines; Lewis Carrolls Guildford and the Lewis Carroll family graves.
The group was founded by Marjorie Williams, who is still involved today. She was awarded an MBE in 2008 for services to heritage and the community of Guildford.
To join in one of the walks and for more information, visit www.guildfordwalks.org.uk or contact Guildford Tourist Information Centre on 01483 444333. Matthew Alexanders History of Guildford classes still form the induction of new town guides, and details can be obtained from Guildfords Heritage Services on 01483 444751.