Wednesday, 30 January 2008
Saturday, 26 January 2008
Wednesday, 16 January 2008
Monday, 14 January 2008
Saturday, 5 January 2008
The Old Vicarage on Bath Road - an example of one of Swindon's many red brick Victorian buildings. I am told the Old Vicarage stood derelict for many years after a new smaller vicarage was built next to Christ Church. It is now rather desirable retirement flats with many of the original Victorian features retained.
of Old Town, Swindon when it was just another little Wiltshire hill-top market town. It has had a chequered history since it fell out of use as the Corn Exchange, known as the Locarno back in the 1960's it was the venue for many well known pop groups of that era. I understand that it then had a stint as a bingo hall, oh dear! More recently it was very badly damaged by fire and has since stood virtually derelict. However, it has been bought by a local businessman and there are plans to restore it retaining at least the tower and facade (sadly, much of the building has been deemed unsafe).
The Frome Hotel - Hythe Road
Now private apartments, the Frome Hotel on Hythe Road closed as a public house in 1978. I have it on good authority that an excellent pint of cider could be had there. The ceramic plaque (below) is still visible on the side of the building, giving a clue to its history.
A bright January morning at the Lawns - looking towards the little Holy Rood Church. This little church was the place of worship for the Lord of Manor and the local people until it was replaced in the 19th century by Christ Church (see December).