Some Miscellaneous Views of Swindon, Wiltshire, England

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Introduction

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 other views.

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Town Gardens

Rose Garden Concert Bowl entrance Bandstand This seven acre park was opened in 1894 adjacent close to the old Okus quarries, and had been very popular ever since. Unlike many British town parks, it continues to be maintained to a high standard, with buildings and goldfish pond kept in good repair and attractive floral displays produced each spring and summer. The first photo (51,635 bytes) shows a part of the Rose Garden. The second (47,747 bytes) the entrance to the Concert Bowl with flower beds in front. Part of the roof of the semi-dome shelter for performers can be seen through the turnstile, but the open air seating is well below and out of sight in this picture. The third photo (38,961 bytes) shows the bandstand and, in the distance on the left, the Victorian kiosk which still provides refreshments to visitors during the summer.

 

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Evelyn Street Bridge

Evelyn Street Bridge This old bridge in Evelyn Street, close to its junction with Marlborough Road, carried the railway line which ran from Cheltenham to Andover via Swindon Old Town station (in Newport Street) until the line was closed as part of the "Beeching" cuts in the 1960s. (Photo 33,350 bytes).

 

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View from Radnor Street Cemetery

View from Radnor Street Cemetery This picture (23,916 bytes) shows the view across the town centre from beside the chapel in Radnor Street Cemetery. The large building towards the right is the David Murray John Building.

 

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Drove Road

Drove Road This picture (22,631 bytes), a reproduction of a painting by an artist whose identity I do not know, shows Drove Road as it was in 1906. The scene is quite unrecognisable today.

 

 

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