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.
|Cromwell Street, Market, 1892||
The new open-air market opened in October 1892 in Cromwell Street to replace the old Octagonal Market. Now the Brunel Shopping Centre occupies this site.
|October 1, 1892|
|Mechanics Institute, Medical Fund Hospital, Patients and Staff||
The Mechanics Institute founded the Medical Fund Hospital. This is an early photograph of patients and staff, the child to the far left was Ernest Hobbs later to become the Hydraulic House Attendant and operator of the famous Works hooter. Note no date is given so we estimated one.
|June 1, 1893|
|Drove Road: Swindon Tile and Pottery Works 1893||
Drove Road: Swindon Tile and Pottery Works 1893. Well known local builder Mr Thomas Turner, proprietor. He lived in Grove House, now The Grove pub. The works provided many of the bricks used in old Swindon buildings.
|July 1, 1893|
|GWR factory workers||
Lives long passed. These were the people of Swindon 115 years ago. A group shot of workers in the GWR factory Tank (L2) shop in 1894. Top hats usually signified supervisors and senior staff, and bowler hats signified foreman.
|January 1, 1894|
|GWR, Damaged Mail Van||
This mail van as other damaged vehicles would either be scrapped or repaired at the Works.
|June 1, 1894|
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