May 2021

Swindon GWR Park Consultation

Swindon GWR Park Consultation  - image of a leaflet

Our survey says

The GWR Park, in the GWR railway village, is a fabulous green space. It’s one that’s been much-loved and much-used by Swindon residents for over 170 years. Here it was, that the famous cricket hero, DR WG Grace, playing for Bedminster, suffered an infamous 1870 defeat by the New Swindon cricket team.

Along with the cricket pitch, the park once boasted extensive formal flower beds and greenhouses. Not unlike the wonderful Town Gardens in Old Town.

Sources estimate that, in 1904, some 38,000 people somehow crammed into the park for the annual Childrens’ Fete. Frankly, that sounds horrific – worse than a bank holiday in Bournemouth!

We want to know what you value about the park. And how you want to see it develop in the future.  Tell us what you think by completing this short survey for this Swindon GWR Park Consultation.

If you‘d like to tell us what you value about GWR Park. And how you would like to see it developed, complete the short online survey below by no later than Friday, 28 May 2021:

We’ll use your views to form a conservation management plan that Cookson & Tickner are preparing. They’ve researched the park’s long history. Click on the survey link above and you’ll see some the wonderful photos, maps and information that they’ve amassed.

Historic England are funding this consultation project through the Swindon heritage action zone.

For more on the GWR Park go here:

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