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'Home Town'

'Home Town'

Video: Swindon in 1960

View another collection of vintage Swindon video clips which take an extensive look around the town in 1960.

Local TV production company AVP Studios are putting the finishing touches to the second volume of their DVD series 'Swindon Through the Decades' which features never before-seen cine footage filmed in and around the town over the last 50 years.

Extended footage from the first volume released in March can be seen online by clicking the link below.

AVP Studios have once again kindly given us access to some of the original raw cine footage of which edited highlights will be included on the new DVD, and it's yet more fascinating video material showing Swindon in years gone by.

The films both hail from the Borough of Swindon's Diamond Jubilee year of 1960 and are in two parts. They are available to view in streaming Real Video below.

'Home Town'

The first film which was produced by Swindon Borough Council runs for approximately 30 minutes, features occasional narration and is entitled 'Home Town'.

'Home Town': Swindon station in 1960

'Home Town': Swindon station in 1960

It begins with a car journey from Cricklade right into Swindon town centre taking in well-known areas such as Penhill, Gorse Hill and Groundwell Road along the way.

Highlights of 'Home Town' include the building of Swindon College and panoramic shots of the town from the roof, a 'stroll' down Regent Street and a carnival procession organised by The Swindon and District Round Table.

Of particular historical interest comes in Part Two which features a train ride from Swindon's central railway station up to the then soon-to-close Old Town station. The journey was known as 'the Swindon loop'.

Virtually every corner of the town centre of the time is covered in this film which will fascinate anyone who knows Swindon. 

Aerial views

The second film is approximately 25 minutes in length, untitled and silent, but features captions.

Railway workers near Rodbourne Road bridge in 1960

Railway workers at Rodbourne Road bridge in 1960

It concentrates on the modernisation being carried out in the town at the time and details the building of the Walcot housing estate, the extension of Barnfield Road sewage works and the building of Devizes Road car park in Old Town among other developments.

A particular highlight is footage shot within an aeroplane high above Swindon showing fascinating aerial views of the town.

This film proves that Swindon has been in a perpetual work-in-progress state for years!

In order to produce future DVDs, AVP Studios are very keen to obtain similar cine footage of Swindon in days gone by. If you think you can help, contact them on (01793) 436735 or visit their website via the link on the right.

last updated: 09/05/2008 at 13:01
created: 27/10/2006

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Tell us what you think of the vintage Swindon cine footage.

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Shaun Morris
Fascinating scenes from a bygone age.Thankyou

When you look back you see how much has been lost and how so little has been gained. I know we can't live in the past, but these films show that at one time, Swindon had some beauty.

Paul Morse
These cine films are absolutely superb, and I congratulate everyone associated with bringing them to our computers. It is a series of the highest historical value to all Swindonians and those who think the town has never had values. This shows the backbone of a united community surrounded by green space which, sadly, has disappeared never to return.Wonderful memories for someone of 1949 vintage.

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David Wainwright
Amazing , i didnt realise this film had been made until now , i was 3 yers old when the Drove road gate to Queens Park was opened I am 50 now . It is quite a shame that the parks are no longer so well cared for as they were back then particularly the garden of rememberance in Groundwell Road , it is all so run down now, and long gone are the goldfish i once fed there , any one remember the Crocodile in flowers by the lake ???

peter jordan
i was born in swindon 1947 manchester road,spent early life there brings back memories now live in ipswich but return to swindon to see family and friends

Thanks, BBC. I was born later that year!

chris passmore
it was good to see when iwas growing up in that era

margaret obrien
thank you for showing flim of walcot. and my old school i think my brothers and sister might of been playing in the play ground not sure. thank you for show some history of walcot

Gerry Eagles

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