Godalming: Then and Now

Views of the High Street

Godalming can lay claim to being the first town in the world to have a public electricity supply, and was one of the first towns to install electric street lighting – on November 12th 1881. For more about Godalming’s electricity supply click here.

An engraving showing Godalming High Street

An engraving showing Godalming High Street

This engraving shows the High Street, the market house on the far left and the building on the right of the picture behind the street light is the location of the Godalming museum .

The modern Godalming High Street SU968438

The modern Godalming High Street SU968438

And here is the same street today, hardly changed, except for the cars.

 
Photograph of the proclamation of King Edward VII on the High Street

Photograph of the proclamation of King Edward VII on the High Street

Looking the other way up the high Street, this was the view during the Proclamation of King Edward VII, 31st Jan 1901, by the mayor Alderman Charles Burgess in the town centre market place.

Photograph  of the proclamation of King George V on 12th May 1910 by the mayor Alexander Munro.

Photograph of the proclamation of King George V on 12th May 1910 by the mayor Alexander Munro.

…and again in the town market place, for the Proclamation of King George V on 12th May 1910 by the mayor Alexander Munro.

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High Street looking towards Town Hall, taken in 1903  Photographic Survey and Record of Surrey no. 6953

High Street looking towards Town Hall, taken in 1903
Photographic Survey and Record of Surrey no.
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High Street, with the 'Pepperpot', the old Town Hall, in the background, taken in 1948.  Photographic Survey and Record of Surrey no. 9460

High Street, with the ‘Pepperpot’, the old Town Hall, in the background, taken in 1948. Photographic Survey and Record of Surrey no. 9460

3 thoughts on “Godalming: Then and Now”

  1. henry monro says:

    on 12 July 2014: Looking for any information on the Mayor Alexander Monro (not Munro) mentioned above and of his time in Godalming or about his family and in particlular seeking contact with any living descendants – by an Antipodean relative who has researched this Alxr’s father’s 30 year stay in Australia:

    contact: alxr.monro at outlook dot com

  2. sharon fox says:

    I am trying to find any old pictures of Bridge Street in Godalming as an ancestor of mine owned the grocery store at number 29. His name was James Scott, can anybody help please. Thankyou

    1. Dawn Gardner says:

      If you are on Facebook there is a page on there called godalming town past and present. Loads of old photos to look through or someone might be able to help

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