The Spike Heritage Centre (Guildford)


The Spike is an Edwardian vagrants’ hostel in Guildford, which was part of a Victorian Workhouse.

Now renovated, the heritage centre offers tour packages and educational programmes.

We are looking for an enthusiastic organiser who would like to, under the direction of the Events Chairman, develop events at the heritage centre to benefit and entertain the local community as well as raising funds for the Trust to maintain this unique building.

Hours are flexible and most volunteers commit to a morning or afternoon once or twice a month. All hours are open to negotiation and could be arranged in addition to the heritage opening hours which are

 Tuesday and Saturday   10am to 1pm and 1pm to 4pm

We provide refreshments and free parking . Also out of pocket expenses.

If you are interested or have any queries please click on the 'Sign Up' button.

Mission Statement

The Spike Heritage Centre is one of the few buildings remaining from Guildford's Workhouse in the Poor Law era, which housed the forgotten classes of Victorian England.  The Vagrants and Casual Ward, known as The Spike was built in 1906 to house vagrants and low paid workers.  After the Poor Laws ended in 1929, it continued as a night hostel until the mid 1960s. The NHS took over the site becoming St Lukes Hospital, operational until the mid 1990s when the new Royal Surrey hospital was opened.  The majority of the workhouse site was redeveloped, but due to the efforts of local campaigners, the Casual Ward was saved and remains as a historic building with lots of stories to tell. Individual visitors and groups are welcome to explore this unique building with guides providing the insight about how the poor were treated in a bygone age.