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.

Title Description Datesort icon
GWR Works, old style washbasins, 1980

These old fashioned sinks remained in use until the Works closed. (Estimated date)

June 1, 1980 Then
Victoria Road: Viewpoint building

The original Swindon Viewpoint building in use from 1973 to 1980

January 1, 1980 Then
Westcott Place, The Fairy Castle Mural, 1976

This was a Bavarian castle landscape completed by Thamesdown Community Arts project.

June 1, 1976 Then
High Street, No.4 E. Smith butchers, 1975

Formerly this building was The King of Prussia public house closed in 1880 with a bad reputation. Then became a butchers shop the building was demolished in 1981 and Eastcott House an office building was built on the site.

June 1, 1975 Then
Bands, The Harry Smith Band, 1970s

Playing at Churchfield School for a charity dance in aid of hospital radio in the 1970's. Harry originally formed the band in 1935, when he had been manager of the Bradford Hall (now called The Art Centre). Back row, left to right: Joe Giles, Eddie Edwards, Ernie Fisher; front row: Trevor Matthews, Wally Chatfield, Harry Smith, Ken Smith, Frank Jeffcutt.

June 1, 1975 Then