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Photographic 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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Park Swindon Village


10"x8" Photo Print

Discover the rich history of Swindon with our stunning photographic print from Media Storehouse, featuring an early view of the town c.1860. Witness the infancy of Swindon's iconic Railway Works and the Railway Village, with the newly laid out park providing a picturesque backdrop. This captivating image, sourced from the STEAM Museum of the GWR, also highlights the distinct silhouette of St Mark's Church, adding depth and context to this intriguing snapshot of the past. Bring this piece of history into your home and relive the stories of Swindon's industrial roots.

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Estimated Product Size is 25.4cm x 20.3cm (10" x 8")

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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