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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Beatrice Street Lake and gardens 1910

George Whitehead, property developer and Landlord of the Princess Hotel in Beatrice Street converted an old claypit at the back of the hotel into a pleasure lake in the early years of the century. He charged one penny for admission. The Council filled it in 1973 and it is now part of St Mark's Recreation ground

July 1, 1910 Then
Beatrice Street Lake and gardens 2 1910

Another view of the pleasure gardens

July 1, 1910 Then
Beatrice Street Lake and Gardens 3 1910

Another view of the pleasure lake

July 1, 1910 Then
Beatrice Street looking East 1905

A view of Beatrice Street looking East in 1905, the pillarbox on the left appears to be original!

July 1, 1905 Then
Beckhampton Street, then Page Street, Pages Yard, 1927

Pages Yard in what was then Page Street and is now Bechampton Street since being extended eastwards in the late 1920's. John Page was a local Haulier and builder.

June 1, 1927 Then
Beechcroft Road, formerly Kingsdown Road, looking east, 1925

Looking towards Boundary House built in 1894 named after Boundary Cottage which previously stood there as then it was on the boundary between Highworth and Swindon.

June 1, 1925 Then