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The Railway Village, Swindon Wiltshire




The Railway Village in Swindon was built to accommodate workers of the Great Western Railway.  In its time it was pioneering - housing its workers and ensuring their families were well looked after.  There was a hospital, church, swimming baths, bakers, pubs, shops and even a park.  Today it is carefully monitored to keep it looking the same but with concessions to modern living - no satellite dishes allowed but wheelie bins blight its look.

Many of the buildings are Listed.  We have put links under some to the Historic England website which gives details of the listing.

Our photographs are a snapshot in time to record a building's history.  Businesses shown may no longer be trading there.
Around the Railway Village
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In the heart of the Village - left is the Mechanics Institute, centre is the old lodging house and church and right is the former hospital
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Central Community Centre - the former hospital
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X1 Wiltshire volunteer Rifle Corps armoury & drill hall    [Source]
Medical Fund Hospital    [Source: Text]
Council workers social club    [Source]
Central Community Centre    [Source: Photograph 01745]
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Incredible Edible Swindon!
One of several areas the community (with the Mechanics Trust) tend and people can help themselves to produce. Even though only early spring, there are still some veggies waiting to be eaten!
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Faringdon Road
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This building has had many uses but was originally a lodging house for GWR workers
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The Barracks Lodging House    [Source]
Wesley Chapel    [Source: Photograph 07045]
Railway Museum    [Source]
Community Crossroads    [Source: Photograph 07044]
The Platform    [Source: Photograph 00629]
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The Mechanics Institute
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Milton Road swimming baths and health centre for the GWR workers
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Park House in Church Place, built 1876-7
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Three pubs in the Village:
The Glue Pot Inn
5 Emlyn Square
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William Warner's shop    [Source]
The London Stout Tavern    [Source]
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The Bakers Arms
16 Emlyn Square
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Bakery Shop & Beer House    [Source]
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The Cricketers
14 Emlyn Square
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Faringdon Road Park
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Photo Date: January 2004
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Sign outside the museum (currently closed)
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Photo Date: June 2014
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Faringdon Road
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Faringdon Road
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Beautiful flowers brightening up the Railway Village
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Photo Date: June 2014
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Faringdon Road
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Faringdon Road
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Bathampton Street
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Bathampton Street
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Exeter Street
Far end is an entrance into Faringdon Road Park
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Exeter Street
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Photo Date: August 2006
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Exeter Street
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The other end of Exeter Street
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Looking back down Exeter Street
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Taunton Street in 2005
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Taunton Street in 2013
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East Street from Faringdon Road
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Photo Date: July 2007
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East Street
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Corner of East Street
and Harding Street
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Looking to Harding Street from Oxford Street
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Bristol Street
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Chimenys of houses
in Bristol Street
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Main entrance to the GWR works - now the Great Western Business Centre in Bristol Street
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Looking down the alley
from Bristol Street
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Corner of Bristol Street
and Emlyn Square.
Grade II listed - see details at
Historic England site
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Emlyn Square
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Another side of Emlyn Square
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From Emlyn Square looking across Faringdon Road to Farnsby Street
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Emlyn Square
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Corner of Emlyn Square and London Street
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Everyone with a camera tries to take this shot!
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Another alleyway (or backses as we called them!). But that shopping trolley spoiled the shot so we returned another time ...
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... only to find the curse of the wheelie bin had struck
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Probably meaning that original shot won't be possible again
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