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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Ayelsbury Street, St John's Church, 1950

The oak chancel screen from the High Altar in St John's church is now preserved in St Luke's church, Newton Poppleford, near Sidmouth, in Devon.The church itself built in 1883 as daughter to St Mark's was closed in 1956 and soon demolished.

July 1, 1950 Then
Aylesbury Street: St Johns Church Choir 1943

Aylesbury Street's St John's Church Choir in 1943

July 1, 1943 Then
Aylesbury Street: St Johns Church Interior 1950

This was the daughter church of St Mark's, opened in 1883, closed in 1958 and demolished soon afterwards

January 1, 1950 Then
Back Lane, Little London 1912

One of the oldest streets in Swindon, and home to early migrants from London at the beginning of the 18th century. The steps on the left come from the back of The Rising Sun pub in Albert Street

July 1, 1912 Then
Bands, 'F' & 'G' Companies, Battalion of the Rifle Volunteers, Wiltshire Regiment, 1880

The band of the 'F' & 'G' Companies, of a Battalion of the Rifle Volunteers, Wiltshire Regiment, outside the Mechanics Institute, c. 1880.

June 1, 1880 Then
Bands, GWR, Social and Educational Band, 1928

The Mechanics Institute Social and Educational Band they had just won the Daily Mirror Cup (4th section) at Crystal Palace. 1928

June 1, 1928 Then