Some Residential Streets and Buildings 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 residential streets and houses, mostly selected more or less randomly on the basis of a family history interest by me or other researchers.
These two photos show two of the streets of the Railway Village as they are now. The first is Exeter Street (main photo 230,860 bytes) and the second Bathampton Street (with part of the old Mechanics' Institute visible in the distance) (226,469 bytes), both seen from the west.
The village was built by the Great Western Railway to house the workers in the then new adjacent factory.
This photo (38,419 bytes) shows numbers 84 and 85 Albion Street, together with parts of numbers 83 and 86. The red brick front and sash windows of number 85 most closely resembles the original design of all these houses.
The first photo shows numbers 61 and 62, on the north side (39,994 bytes)
The third photo is of number 10, where I lived with my parents and siblings during the 1940s and most of the 1950s. The middle photo shows that house and some of its neighbours, while the first is a general view of the road from opposite number 10. It is surprising how much such a smal residential road has changed in those few years. In those days there were no roadside trees, the grass verges were instead gravel, which needed frequent weeding to keep it looking good, and the road surface was concrete, not tarmac. There were few drive-ins for cars across the footpath, but instead there was a narrow strip of paving slabs across the gravel verge from each front gate to the road. The view at the end of the road, across Upham Road (on the left of the first photo) was then of meadows sloping up to The Lawn (disused manor house, now demolished, but then just hidden behind trees) and its adjacent woodland, not houses as now.
The second photo shows the north side from Roseberry Street, looking west towards the town centre (25,815 bytes)
The third photo shows numbers 61, 62 and 63 - the last is on the corner of Roseberry Street (31,942 bytes)
The fourth photo shows numbers 80 and 81, on the south side (33,934 bytes)
The fifth photo shows numbers 81, 82 and 83 (266,676 bytes)
The sixth photo shows numbers 78 to 83, and the side of number 84 which is on the far side of Roseberry Street (306,234 bytes)
The seventh photo shows the south side from Roseberry street towards the town centre (25,989 bytes)
The eighth photo shows numbers 86 to 90 (265,874 bytes)
Number 80 Croft Road, which is on the west side. (Photo 22,885 bytes).
The first photo (21,287 bytes) shows numbers 65 and 66 Dixon Street, and the second (35,715 bytes) numbers 66, 67 and 68. I lived here, in number 67, with my parents and brother for a time as an infant, and my mother's brother and his family lived in number 68. I think a relative of my father's was living in number 66. At that time all three houses, and most others in the road, looked like number 66 does in these pictures.
The first photo (28,499 bytes) shows most of the south side of Maidstone Road, looking towards Hythe Road. The second (25,374 bytes) also looks eastwards towards Hythe Road, from the junction with Kent Road.
This is a photo (26,743 bytes) of number 80 The Mall, just a short way along the road from Commonweal School.
This photo (35,769 bytes) shows number 86 Tydeman Street, in the Gorse Hill area, where my parents were living when I was born.
The first photo (29,948 bytes) shows number 71 Winifred Street, where my mother was born and grew up, and where her parents spent most of their married lives. The low brick wall of this house, unlke its neigbours, is (apart from the white paint on the red brick) the original; the coping is made of semi-circular waterproof blue bricks. The second photo (29,378 bytes) shows the entire road from the Evelyn Street end; number 71, on the right, has the "SOLD" sign.
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