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Framed Print : New Swindon, c1860

New Swindon, c1860




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New Swindon, c1860

This early view of Swindon looking north shows the Works and the Railway Village in their infancy. St Marks Church can clearly be seen just behind the newly laid out park. The Wilts and Berks Canal can be seen in the foreground running through the field at the back of the cottages in the Village

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Media ID 485075

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Park Swindon Village


12"x10" Modern Frame

Introducing the Media Storehouse Framed Print of "New Swindon, c1860" from STEAM Museum of the GWR. This captivating early view of Swindon transports you back in time to the infancy of the town. Witness the Works and the Railway Village in their nascent stages, with the newly laid out park providing a scenic backdrop. The striking image of St Marks Church, just behind the Works, adds a sense of history and character to this timeless piece. Bring a piece of Swindon's rich industrial heritage into your home or office with this beautifully framed print.

10x8 Print in an MDF Wooden Frame with 180 gsm Satin Finish Paper. Glazed using shatter proof thin plexi glass. Frame thickness is 1 inch and depth 0.75 inch. Fluted cardboard backing held with clips. Supplied ready to hang with sawtooth hanger and rubber bumpers. Spot clean with a damp cloth. Packaged foam wrapped in a card.

Ready to Hang Contemporary Framed and Mounted Prints. To ensure the paper is held securely the visible picture may be marginally smaller than quoted.

Estimated Image Size (if not cropped) is 24.4cm x 24.4cm (9.6" x 9.6")

Estimated Product Size is 30.5cm x 25.4cm (12" x 10")

These are individually made so all sizes are approximate

Artwork printed orientated as per the preview above, with landscape (horizontal) or portrait (vertical) orientation to match the source image.


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This photograph, taken around 1860, offers a glimpse into the early days of Swindon's transformation from a small Wiltshire town into an industrial powerhouse. The scene looks northwards, revealing the Works and the Railway Village in their infancy. The Works, the sprawling complex of buildings that would come to define Swindon's identity, are still in their formative stages, with only a few structures visible amidst the open fields. The Railway Village, located to the left of the image, is just beginning to take shape. A neatly laid out grid of cottages can be seen, each with its own small garden plot. The village was built to house the growing workforce required to operate the Works and the Great Western Railway (GWR). St Mark's Church, a prominent feature of Swindon's skyline, can be seen just behind the newly laid out park. The church, which was consecrated in 1859, served as a spiritual hub for the community, providing solace and support to the families who had recently moved to the area. The Wilts and Berks Canal, running through the field at the back of the cottages, adds a picturesque touch to the scene. The canal, which opened in 1718, was an essential transportation route for goods and raw materials, connecting Swindon to the larger commercial centers of the region. This photograph provides a fascinating snapshot of Swindon's history, capturing the town in a transitional period between its rural past and its industrial future. The Works and the Railway Village, which would come to dominate the landscape, are just beginning to take shape, while the church and the canal serve as reminders of the town's agricultural and commercial past.

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