After ‘Nexus’ at Freshbrook is WSSW Part 6: The Watchers at Toothill.

‘Artist: Carleton Attwood. Material: Cement Fondue. Project details: Funded by R.S. McColl and E.H.Bradley Building Projects Ltd. The sculpture represents guardian figures looking over the community.’ 

‘The Watchers, 1982, by Carleton Attwood (1908 to 1985) at Toothill Village Centre. The first sculpture in West Swindon, cast in ferro-concrete at Swindon’s town hall studios, is one of Carleton’s last works and due to his ill-health was largely completed by sculptor Pat Elmore. The work represents the guardians of the new community.’ – from Swindon Link in 2017.

And, as you can see in the picture, they are still there, still quietly watching.

The Watchers at Toothill

Carleton Attwood

Swindon born, Carleton Attwood created a number of works in Swindon that you might well be familiar with. One of them is a bust of Alfred Williams that resides in the museum and art gallery up in Old Town.

Find a map of the walk here: The Sculpture Tour West Swindon. And all my writings about the West Swindon Sculpture walk here.


Here’s a link to a blog about conserving the bust from the Wiltshire and Swindon History centre. As they say: ‘ Although Attwood worked in many more traditional materials, this bust is made from moulded concrete. Some of his other well known public commissions are “Golden Lion” in Regent Street and “The Watchers” at Toothill Village Centre.’

Here’s a YouTube clip about the conservation work on the Alfred Williams bust.

There’s also a mural of his in the dance studio in Swindon Dance in the Town Hall – see Secret Swindon and Swindon in 50 Buildings.