12. The WH Smith Offices

12. The WH Smith Offices

I’d had no particular thought about including the WH Smith offices in this series. But then, as is so often the way, I saw something on Twitter that piqued my interest and persuaded me that I should. What I saw was this article from the 20th century society about getting the building – what’s left of it – listed.

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9. The Southbrook Inn Swindon

9. The Southbrook Inn Swindon

The other week my regular guest blogger, Rebecca Davies, sent me a delightful and charming account of an older couple she once visited in Ferndale. It’s a lovely story and it’s further down in this post. But as her story is set in Ferndale I figured I could tie it in with a Swindon in 50 More Buildings post centred on the Southbrook Inn Swindon. Which happens to be in Ferndale.

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7. Shaw House – Old Shaw Lane

7. Shaw House – Old Shaw Lane

Shaw House – Old Shaw Lane

It’s ever curious is it not – how stuff pops up on social media relevant to somewhere you’ve not long since been to? In this instance the co-incidences relate to Shaw House, on Old Shaw Lane.

I tend to think of Old Shaw Lawn as being a bit of bygone Swindon. But of course it’s not – not really. Because this side of town – the western expansion – wasn’t Swindon. Back then Swindon was the settlement on the hill. Old Swindon – Old Town as we call it now.

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6. The Hall and Woodhouse Canal-side Hostelry

6. The Hall and Woodhouse Canal-side Hostelry

One of the entries in Swindon in 50 Buildings, is The Crumpled Horn pub over in Eldene. That one made the cut – as it were – in part because it had been listed by Historic England. So when I saw the press release that follows, about the Hall & Woodhouse canalside hostelry gaining national recognition for its innovative design, it felt appropriate to include it in this blog series: Swindon in 50 More Buildings.

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