The Carnival of 1924


During 1924 a campaign was launched to raise money for an extension to the Royal Surrey County Hospital in Guildford, now Farnham Road Hospital. The celebrations lasted a week and the main events were a Carnival and a competition to "win a house for half a crown".

The site for the house in Catteshall Road was given by Mr. A. Streeter, a member of the Town Council, and the house was built by the tradesmen of the town, the materials being donated by local businesses such as timber from the yards of Murray Marshall and Gridley & Spring, and glass from the Guildford Glass Works. The house was named Carnival House to commemorate the event, and the lucky winner was Mrs. Mackey, wife of the blacksmith in Pound Lane. The house still stands.

Other events included a hill climb for motor cycles (won by G D Brown), a Monster Fete and Fireworks display on Holloway Hill Recreation Ground, a tennis tournament, a river carnival, a masked ball and a fancy dress whist drive.


This is the cover of the programme for the Godalming and District Carnival in aid of the Royal Surrey County Hospital, June 14th-21st, 1924.


Source: Godalming Museum, ref 2377 A



The Carnival poster shows:

The Mayoress, Mrs Spring

The Mayor, Councillor J S Spring

The Carnival Queen, Miss Spring

Carnival General Secretary, Mr Richard Palmer

Hon Organiser, Mr A Le Roy



Source: Godalming Museum, ref 2377 B



Two girls (Kath and Hilda Stapleton) getting ready for the carnival.


 Source: Godalming Museum, ref B006.74.20 & 21



This shows the carnival procession forming up in Lower Manor Road, Farncombe. The Carnival Queen and her retinue are dressed in 'Greek' costumes and are in a 'Greek' temple...


Image: John Young Collection, GIOPP 2,09



And here is the procession passing the bottom of Queen Street.


Image: Godalming Museum, ref B000.197.3



Here is the Carnival Queen approaching the Pepperpot


Image: John Young Collection, GIOPP 2,10



The Carnival Queen processing from the carriage to her 'throne'.


Image: Godalming Museum, ref 617



The Carnival Queen enthroned on the Recreation Ground. She was Miss Winifred Spring, the daughter of the Mayor.


Image: Godalming in Old Picture Postcards, volume 1, page. 56



The winning ticket, No. 5898, in the raffle of Carnival House.



Source: Godalming Museum, ref 2377 D



The winning receipt for two shillings and sixpence. This shows the house.



Source: Godalming Museum, ref 2377 C



This is Carnival House in Catteshall Road in 2006.




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