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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Wellington Street, Soldiers return from the Boer War 1901

At the turn of the century the might of the world's largest empire was taxed by a few hundred well armed Boer farmers in a scenario reminiscent of America's war in Vietnam. Here the Royal Wiltshire Yeomanry are shown marching from the station along Wellington Street to a reception at the Town Hall in Regent Circus on their return from active service.

June 9, 1901 Then
Wellington Street Holiday Makers on way to GWR Station for Trip 1934

Wellington Street Holiday Makers on way to GWR Station for Trip 1934. Tramrails still run down the street though the service was withdrawn in 1929. The Queens Tap on the right is the oldest New Swindon pub. 'Trip' was the local name for the annual railway factory holiday, a week when the town was largely deserted

July 1, 1934 Then
WEA ramble with Reuben George 1930

Pictured is a Workers Educational Association nature ramble with Reuben George. Reuben George was a leading light in the WEA and the town in general, working hard in every way to assist the betterment of the ordinary person. He was greatly respected and came to be Mayor eventually

March 1, 1930 Then
Victoria Road:The Royal Field Artillery 1914

Members of the Royal Field Artillery in Victoria Road en route to the Drill Hall to prepare to go to the Great War

August 1, 1914 Then
Victoria Road: Viewpoint building

The original Swindon Viewpoint building in use from 1973 to 1980

January 1, 1980 Then