Spike Heritage Centre



Imagine the year is 1906..

Its 6pm and Guildford Union Workhouse is about to open the doors of a brand new building. But there will be no fanfare or grand reception to welcome the first visitors to this dark little building.

Hidden on the very edge of the main Workhouse site stands the new Guildford Union Casual Ward, ready to receive its first customers for the night. With the promise of food, shelter and perhaps a chance to bathe, the expectant vagrants and casual workers queue outside, waiting to see what the new building has to offer.

After what seems like an eternity, the Tramp Major opens the door and says roughly

This is Guildford Spike