A classic humorous seaside photo wall. A family at the beach in bathing costumes. Pop your face in the hole to complete the picture of a family. Hand painted and varnished with a slight sepia varnish and authentically aged this could be an illustration from the 1920s.

A classic humorous seaside photo wall. A family at the beach in bathing…

Outside the work cells.  One of the jobs given to those unable or not wanting to pay for a night's sleep was wood chopping.  Old railway sleepers were purchased by the workhouse and quite likely sawn into blocks.  These would then be put in the Spike's work cells for the inmates to chop up as their task for the day.

Outside the work cells. One of the jobs given to those unable or not wanting to pay for a night's sleep was wood chopping. Old railway sleepers were purchased by the workhouse and quite likely sawn into blocks. These would then be put in the Spike's work cells for the inmates to chop up as their task for the day.

The Spike finally closed as a vagrants hostel in May 1962 and its closure was regretted by many Gentlemen of the Road - especially the group shown here in an article from the Surrey Advertiser.

The Spike finally closed as a vagrants hostel in May 1962 and its closure was regretted by many Gentlemen of the Road - especially the group shown here in an article from the Surrey Advertiser.

Operating Theatre at Warren Road Hospital, pre WWII.

St Lukes Hospital Heritage Project – From a workhouse infirmary to an NHS hospital

During its years of Hospital use (1962-1996) the Spike had many uses including document storage, Telephone Frame Room, A/V Training Suite, Maintenance offices and stores.  This shot is circa late 1970s.

During its years of Hospital use the Spike had many uses including document storage, Telephone Frame Room, A/V Training Suite, Maintenance offices and stores. This shot is circa late

The Guildford Spike as it is today.  View from Undercroft upto Vagrants entrance.

The Guildford Spike as it is today. View from Undercroft upto Vagrants entrance.

View from Warren Road.  The Spike is now a Heritage and Community Centre.  The Heritage Centre is open on Tuesdays and Saturdays.

View from Warren Road. The Spike is now a Heritage and Community Centre. The Heritage Centre is open on Tuesdays and Saturdays.

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