Putting Swindon in the picture
I just thought I’d share a few photos of Swindon from postcards bought in the tourist information centre in the central library at Regent’s Circus. For no other reason than they are nice photos that showcase some elements of the town and its environs. There are of course others available. I just happened to have these.
In no particular order, we have the ‘Marmite’ Magic Roundabout, a postcard showing a night time shot of Swindon, the Outlet Village and The Parade – a touch out of date as that tented roof thing has now gone whilst the third postcard shows another view of The Parade, The Old Town Bowl, Bishopstone and Christ Church on Cricklade Street.
Bishopstone: ‘Bishopstone is located between Wanborough and Ashbury on the historic Icknield Way. It is a picturesque village with a public house, The Royal Oak, and a large number of thatched cottages, centred around a mill-pond. The village is often used as a base for walkers with excellent access to the Ridgeway National Trail. On the downs above Bishopstone there are impressive ancient field systems known as lynchets and many other historic earth-workings.
Lynchets – Wikipeadia: ‘A lynchet is a bank of earth that builds up on the downslope of a field ploughed over a long period of time. The disturbed soil slips down the hillside to create a positive lynchet while the area reduced in level becomes a negative lynchet. They are also referred to as strip lynchets. They are a feature of ancient field systems such as the Celtic Fields of the British Isles. Some believe that they were passively formed under the long-term action of gravity and weathering on the loosened soil of a ploughed slope, while others believe they may have been intentionally formed, to prevent erosion and slippage of the ploughed slope.’ Something I didn’t know!
Of course postcards are not the only way to see images of the town and its attractions. The town is fortunate to have two special and different digital archives, both of which I’ve mentioned elsewhere in this blog. For archive film of the broadest range go to Swindon Viewpoint and for a huge range of photographs and documents and all manner of wonderful stuff the Swindon Local collection is a brilliant resource and both are well worth investigating.