NAFD AGM comes to Guildford but did you know these interesting facts...

Guildford is a wonderful place; a slice of green, just on the commuter belt.

We’ve put together a list of interesting facts about this wonderful town, the venue for the 2019 NAFD conference:

1 - Dennis Bros of Guildford (1895 - 2011)

Fire engine manufacture was a key part of the Dennis portfolio. Chassis were assembled at Guildford, with the highly specialised and purpose-designed cabs being built at the Dennis Blackpool factory alongside their refuse vehicle cabs .

A Dennis Sabre operated by Tyne & Wear. Photo ADL

A Dennis Sabre operated by Tyne & Wear. Photo ADL

2 - Guildford Cathederal, star of screen

The 1976 film, The Omen, was filmed at Guildford Cathedral.

3 - Through the looking glass was written in Guildford

Charles Lutwidge Dodgson, better known as Lewis Carrol, wrote “Through The Looking Glass” whilst living in Guildford

Lewis Carroll…

She generally gave herself very good advice, (though she very seldom followed it).”

4 - Guildford is not a city!

Despite having a cathedral and many teams which use “City” in their name, Guildford is not actually a city. It applied for city status in 2002 but was turned down, losing out to Preston.

5 - In 1597 John Derrick recorded a match of…

The first recorded reference of cricket being played in England.

a Crecketting first?

Cricket was originally called Creckett!

6 - The oldst Synagogue in western europe?

Remains of the oldest synagogue in Western Synagogue in Western Europe were found underneath the High Street in 1995. It is estimated it was built during the 12th century when Jews first arrived in the area.

7 - There’s no ‘imitaiton games’ here

Alan Turing, code-breaker and mathematician, lived in Guildford.

Code Breaker

A great mind, from Guildford!