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Offline vivster

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Dear All,

I am a sixth-form swindon who needs your help! I am doing an EPQ ( Extended Project Qualification ) Project at school which requires my taking photos in modern day Swindon and compare them to older photos of Swindon and write an essay accompanying this photo portfolio to describe why these changes happened.  However I have some questions regarding some of these photos which I have acquired from the Swindon Museum. It would be greatly helpful if you could help me identify these locations as I am currently struggling to identify these areas. My closest guess is here for Bridge St, Fleet St & Regent St.
https://www.google.co.uk/maps/place/Bridge+St,+Swindon,+Wiltshire+SN1+1BP/@51.5621701,-1.7871889,17z/data=!4m2!3m1!1s0x487144471128b87f:0xc7faf8d4fd784aa8

As you might have guessed the photos I have attached are regarding those locations in particular. I am fairly sure it is this stretch of paving, however I think this area has changed beyond recognition over this past century which makes my job a bit more difficult. It is quite amazing to see the progress but also a bit sad that some of the heritage has been lost.  Could you guys confirm it is this area or send me a link to where else it would be on google maps please? Thanks a lot!

Thank you for the help,

Vivster



Offline Muggins

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Re: Need Help Identifying These Locations In Swindon for School Project
« Reply #1 on: August 09, 2014, 08:07:49 AM »
the second one down - in the top left hand corner you can see part of the McIlroys name in bricks on the sideof the building and the 'turrets' of the building to the right.

This is about half was down Regent Street from the Town Hall.  McIlroys is now H&M I think its is.  The turrets building was listed at some point and was  preserved when  (the name defeats me - a fashion designer that specialised in full skirted flower printed dresses  (very pretty) etc. and she had a range of designer prints for the home, the shop is now at Greenbridge)  It's been several lower class shops since then and prior to it's 'listing' must have lost either turrets or buildings like it.

The third one is the junction with fleet street and Bridge street - in those days Bridge street went up as far as Canal Walk.   
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Re: Need Help Identifying These Locations In Swindon for School Project
« Reply #2 on: August 09, 2014, 08:27:17 AM »
The last one is Regent street with McIlroy's (as was) tower in the background  so that should place it for you - have you found the Swindon Collection on Flickr? 

First one I have no idea, it says Fleet street and tram centre so I suspect it is the same junction of Fleet Street and Bridge Street but a good deal earlier.

But my uncle was a tram driver then one of the first bus driver - totally useless piece of information just to confuse.

Actually if you want to see one thing  with changes in photo's try the Bruce Street bridges- and it will son change again!

Another place to try for help, if you have not already done so - is the Swindon Society - for photo's and help.
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Re: Need Help Identifying These Locations In Swindon for School Project
« Reply #3 on: August 09, 2014, 09:18:20 AM »
The first one is a puzzler.  I did't think it could be the Fleet St - Bridge St. junction as the buildings were grander (and some are still standing), but a search for Oxford Hotel fleet street Swindon came up with the following http://www.swindonviewpoint.com/content/bridge-street-fleet-street-looking-south-1912-0  clearly the hotel was demolished to build the building that stands there now (Burtons in the 3rd photo)

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« Reply #4 on: August 09, 2014, 09:23:45 AM »
That's it Gorgon, on the older photo, to the right, you can see a bit of more modern shop front that would have matched the other side later on.  I couldn't find the Oxford Hotel when I googled - well not the old one.

When I was growing up all the bus stops were by pubs, you asked for a ticket to whatever pub, Grapes, Ship, Dolphin etc.  so we all knew where they were!  Without going in them  :D 

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Re: Need Help Identifying These Locations In Swindon for School Project
« Reply #5 on: August 09, 2014, 10:31:45 PM »

Look how attractive Swindon used to be.

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Re: Need Help Identifying These Locations In Swindon for School Project
« Reply #6 on: August 10, 2014, 02:09:38 PM »
Now there is a sentence you don't expect to see.
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Re: Need Help Identifying These Locations In Swindon for School Project
« Reply #7 on: August 10, 2014, 02:25:36 PM »
I do think  that some of these older photo's are copied over and then flipped, so that the right it the left, if you see what I mean, perhaps if we tried that with modern photo's it might improve Swindon image?
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Re: Need Help Identifying These Locations In Swindon for School Project
« Reply #8 on: August 10, 2014, 05:30:46 PM »
There is a 7 minute video about the history of Swindon trams on the following website:-

http://www.swindonweb.com/index.asp?m=8&s=116&ss=345

It compares old photos with recent video at the same places to give a good idea of the before and after. I have only viewed it with the sound off, but it looks like it might be helpful.