Saturday, 13 October 2007

Purbeck stone - once quarried in Swindon

A rather beautiful wall on Quarry Road leading to the the Town Gardens.

Fine examples of Purbeck stone used to make the walled flower-bed.
These are resplendent with flowers in the spring and summer.

The Town Gardens is the former site of one of the main quarries in Swindon from the mid-17th century until the end of the 18th century. Swindon stone had, however, been used from the times of the Roman occuaption and has been found in the Roman villas around the area. The other site is Queen's Park - another, more recently created, lovely park for the towns-folk to enjoy.