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Access to ancient monument halted

Castle Arch, Guildford
The arch is a remnant of the castle wall in Guildford (Copyright Colin Smith)

Traffic and pedestrian access through an ancient monument in a Surrey town has been halted for safety reasons.

Castle Arch, at the junction of Quarry Street and Castle Hill, in Guildford, has been closed until further notice.

Guildford Borough Council said the structure of the arch itself was sound but the surface was crumbling due to water and frost damage to the chalk.

Councillor Jenny Wicks said the council was working with English Heritage to find a solution to secure the arch.

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