Then And Now

This section of the site is provided in partnership with The Swindon Society and The Richard Jefferies Society. It enables you to see how the surrounding area used to look and learn more about your town. We are adding value by providing a current photograph taken as far as possible from the same position. The project involves a fair bit of detective work, so if you can add or correct information, please get in touch. This is your site, so if you would like to get involved in extending this project, please let us know.

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Faringdon Road, No 34 before the Railway Village modernisation

House number 34 Faringdon Road before the railway village modernisation. Later it became a museum showing life in the village around 1900. No exact date is given so we estimated one.

June 1, 1900 Then
Old Mill Lane, Goddard family, pets cemetery in the ground of The Lawns, 1900 June 1, 1900 Then
Rodbourne Road, Primitive Methodist Church, Laying the Foundation Stone, 1900

The cottages to the left of the picture are in Rodbourne Road (demolished in the 1960's) and Even Swindon School is to the right. The dignitaries in the front row are: extreme right Mr T.J.Mills of Mills and Merricks, the local furniture store and next to him Mr Levi Lapper Morse and Mrs Morse.

June 1, 1900 Then
Bath Road, Victoria Road, Congregational Church, 1900

This lovely building, The Congregational Churchstood on the corner of Bath Road and Victoria road from 1866 until it was demolished in 1949. The building to the left is Apsey House now used as the Museum.

June 1, 1900 Then
Marlborough Road, Coate Water, original outlet, 1900

Coate Water Reservoir the original outlet, c. 1900. Built as a feeder for the Wilts & Berks Canal in 1822, it soon became a favourite leisure spot for the people of Swindon.

June 1, 1900 Then