Thursday, July 4, 2013

The Colonial Lock-up.....!


There are so many heritage listed buildings in Guildford that Guildford itself is heritage listed :) After lunch at the Rose & Crown, walking up Meadows St. we passed the Post Office, the Mechanic's Institute and the Colonial Gaol all within metres of each other and all...heritage listed! The bell that hangs here is an 1865 distress bell from Docklands-Glasgow, replacing Guildford's 1855 curfew bell which was stolen in 1999..that's a little cheeky don't you think, stealing the bell from a gaol, rogues :) The bell was rung at 10pm nightly to warn 'ticket of leave' convicts to be off the streets or return to the convict depot which back then was a stones throw away on the site that the post office was built on in 1897. I'm seriously confusing myself right now with all these dates, enough already! Happy Thursday (I just had to check that fact haha!) ..take care and stay safe.....

24 comments:

  1. The bell in that shot even looks intimidating with its shadow!!! I like it!

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  2. Fun reading about Guildford. What a nice day out you had. Weather looks good too. It does make me laugh that the bell was stolen.

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  3. I always enjoy reading about the history of different places! I love the shadow of the bell and it does seem to be giving a warning -- shape up or swing!!! Hope your week is going well! Enjoy!

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  4. Nice touch of story! Arianna

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  5. Great shot with the bell and its shadow, Grace!

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  6. Nice pictures, interesting story!

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  7. That is fascinating, love hearing these little tales:) Wonderful sounding stroll...I wonder where the stolen bell is now? (And between recent travel and holidays, I'm pretty confused about dates myself!)

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  8. Hmmm: don't you think it looks almost like a chapel with the bell shadow almost looking like a cross? Or is it just me? Very interesting post!

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  9. Great Photography by Bell and good story over all its history.
    Hugs and kisses.

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  10. Ah! In this area there are many ecualiptos brought from Australia, because there is a paper-making factory.
    Hugs and kisses.

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  11. Good top picture and interesting story!

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  12. Very tempting stone throwing target for the local yoof. Re the dates, non writers probably don't appreciate how much time goes into getting dates and appropriate links correct. I do.

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  13. I love the shadow, seen on the wall.

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  14. Lots of history to learn about in this place.

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  15. Excellent shadow in that second shot.

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  16. It is such a shame that petty thieves take it upon themselves to whisk away part of our heritage. Thanks for sharing your adventure.

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  17. A place full of history ! wondering how people can steal historical things, it's so shocking!

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  18. My head is spinning with the dates Grace, but I enjoyed the history lesson. Fascinating.

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  19. Gaols are so creepy, especially those old ones!

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  20. Cool shots! I like the shadow on the wall.

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  21. Lovely glimpse of local and ancient history Grace ;-)

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  22. love these and the glimpse into the past/history of perth

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