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History of Guildford House Gallery

Find out more about the history of Guildford House Gallery.

Guildford House Gallery main staircase

Built in 1660, Guildford House is an important and interesting building which is currently home to the Borough's Art Collection. The building is also a venue for a variety of temporary exhibitions.

Originally owned by the Childe family, Guildford House was later home to the Martyr family from 1736 to the 1840s. The building has also been used as a shop and restaurant and became the venue for a gallery in 1959.

Guildford House Gallery exterior

Guildford House Gallery exterior

A beautiful Grade I listed town house, dating from 1660, Guildford House Gallery is mainly a traditional timber framed construction.

Guildford House Gallery interior

Guildford House Gallery interior

Discover the charm and beauty of this carefully restored Seventeenth Century building.

Guildford House Gallery furniture and staircase

Guildford House Gallery furniture and staircase

Guildford House Gallery is home to some beautiful pieces of period furniture and a ornately carved oak and elm staircase.

The Childe Family

The Childe Family were the first occupants of Guildford House Gallery. Find out more about this history of this local family.

The Martyr Family

From 1736, Guildford House Gallery was lived in by the Martyr Family.

Life in Guildford House in the late Seventeenth Century

What would life have been like for the Childe family, living in Guildford House in the 1600s?