Some Hospitals in Swindon, Wiltshire, England
Despite having grown from an insignificant market town to major industrial centre in a remarkably short time, and then having the heart of the new town obliterated by 1960s redevelopment, Swindon has a surprisingly large number of interesting buildings. This page illustrates a few of the hospitals.
The name of this hospital (photo 193,488 bytes) reveals the period when it was built at what was then the edge of both the Old and New Towns, on a prominent site at the brow of Kingshill. It was first opened to patients on 29th September 1888, and it has been a hospital ever since (and is the building in which I thought I was born, until Terry Lloyd, who I do not know, kindly pointed out my error - I was actually born in Kingshill Maternity home just across the road - photo below).
(Photo 19,557 bytes) This is the building where I was actually born, located at the junction of Kingshill Road and Kent Road.
This hospital (photo 13,290 bytes) was the first new one to be built in England after World War 2. Located at the brow of the hill at Okus, it overlooks the lower parts of west Swindon, and has been a very prominent sight from the M4 motorway, 3/4 mile away, since that road was built (as can be seen in the second photo - 22,992 bytes), but at the time of writing is in process of being demolished. My mother died here in 1976.
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