Blue Plaques in Swindon

August 2018

Blue Plaques in Swindon

There are now a number of blue plaques in Swindon. The most recent being unveiled on June 16th, 2018 on Swindon Civic Day.

The plaque was installed on the exterior of the Health Hydro – aka Milton Road Baths.

 

The health hydro in pictures

Swindon Civic Voice: https://www.swindoncivicvoice.org.uk

Here’s a table from the website of Swindon Heritage showing the blue plaques so far, showing where they are and their date of installation:

Blue Plaques in Swindon

 

  1. Edith New
  2. Harold Starr – and John Starr
  3. Diana Dors
  4. Sam Allen: ‘Swindon Town manager and football pioneer Sam Allen (the sixth-most longest-serving manager in Football League history), and was unveiled on May 19, 2018, by former Swindon Town footballer John Trollope MBE, and Sam’s granddaughter-in-law, Pat Chapman.
  5. Milton Road Baths’
  6. To come –  Ralph Bates – excited about this one!

Former STFC player, John Trollope MBW and some Allen family members unveiled his plaque, while Tamara Dugdale, Edith New’s great-neice, unveiled hers.

Tom Saward of the Swindon Advertiser put together this map of where to find the blue plaques which he kindly let me use.

https://www.google.com/maps/d/u/0/viewer?mid=12_AkgTEpaT89qLWeUSEgCLXTj4koNgWc&hl=en_GB&ll=51.55720517721625%2C-1.7862112499999512&z=16

Swindons blue plaques

There is though another plaque tucked away in Old Town, in Newport Street, which tells its own story. The photo is taken from this Blip photo blog by Maureen Isles: https://www.blipfoto.com/entry/2228808359820132491

Site of Swindon's Free school

https://www.british-history.ac.uk/vch/wilts/vol9/pp159-168#p1

‘In 1764 a free school for the working classes was provided in a cottage Newport Street, to educate 20 boys and 5 girls on land owned by the Goddard family, but very soon the number of pupils outgrew the accommodation and a two storey stone-built National School was built on the same site in 1835.  Among its pupils in the 1860s was future author, Richard Jefferies, mentioned in my Blip about Jefferies Avenue a few weeks ago.’

From: https://www.british-history.ac.uk/vch/wilts/vol9/pp159-168

Swindon education

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