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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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Photo Date: December 2013
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Central Community Centre - the former hospital
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At this address:
X1 Wiltshire volunteer Rifle Corps armoury & drill hall    [Source]
Medical Fund Hospital    [Source: Text]
Council workers social club    [Source]
Central Community Centre    [Source: Photo 01745]
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Photo Date: July 2012
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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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Photo Date: April 2015
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Faringdon Road
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Photo Date: June 2004
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This building has had many uses but was originally a lodging house for GWR workers
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At this address:
The Barracks Lodging House    [Source]
Wesley Chapel    [Source: Photo 07045]
Railway Museum    [Source]
Community Crossroads    [Source: Photo 07044]
The Platform    [Source: Photo 00629]
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Photo Date: June 2004
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The Mechanics Institute
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Photo Date: August 2005
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Milton Road swimming baths and health centre for the GWR workers
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Photo Date: August 2005
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Park House in Church Place, built 1876-7
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Photo Date: December 2013
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Three pubs in the Village:
The Glue Pot Inn
5 Emlyn Square
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At this address:
William Warner's shop    [Source]
The London Stout Tavern    [Source]
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Photo Date: August 2005
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The Bakers Arms
16 Emlyn Square
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Bakery Shop & Beer House    [Source]
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Photo Date: August 2005
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The Cricketers Arms (closed)
14 Emlyn Square
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Photo Date: August 2005
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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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Photo Date: April 2015
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Faringdon Road
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Photo Date: April 2015
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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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Photo Date: August 2005
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Faringdon Road
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Photo Date: June 2004
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Bathampton Street
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Photo Date: April 2015
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Bathampton Street
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Photo Date: August 2005
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Exeter Street
Far end is an entrance into Faringdon Road Park
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Photo Date: August 2005
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Exeter Street
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Photo Date: August 2006
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Exeter Street
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Photo Date: April 2015
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The other end of Exeter Street
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Photo Date: August 2005
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Looking back down Exeter Street
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Photo Date: August 2005
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Taunton Street in 2005
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Photo Date: August 2005
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Taunton Street in 2013
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Photo Date: December 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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Photo Date: March 2013
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Corner of East Street
and Harding Street
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Photo Date: August 2005
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Looking to Harding Street from Oxford Street
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Photo Date: August 2005
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Bristol Street
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Photo Date: July 2012
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Chimenys of houses
in Bristol Street
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Photo Date: July 2012
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Main entrance to the GWR works - now the Great Western Business Centre in Bristol Street
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Photo Date: July 2012
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Looking down the alley
from Bristol Street
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Photo Date: June 2014
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Corner of Bristol Street
and Emlyn Square.
Grade II listed - see details at
Historic England site
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Photo Date: July 2012
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Emlyn Square
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Photo Date: August 2005
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Another side of Emlyn Square
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Photo Date: August 2005
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From Emlyn Square looking across Faringdon Road to Farnsby Street
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Photo Date: July 2012
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Emlyn Square
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Photo Date: July 2012
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Corner of Emlyn Square and London Street
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Photo Date: July 2012
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Everyone with a camera tries to take this shot!
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Photo Date: August 2005
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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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Photo Date: June 2004
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... only to find the curse of the wheelie bin had struck
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Photo Date: December 2013
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Probably meaning that original shot won't be possible again
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Photo Date: December 2013
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Photo Date: April 2015

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