Tuesday, July 17, 2012


A big thank you to followers and history fans as Swindon in the Past Lane notches up 15,000 page views.

So what has everyone been reading?  Top views include a post about Swindon Central Library when their online photographic archive topped two million views back in January.  If you haven't taken a walk down memory lane yet visit this website on http://www.flickr.com/photos/swindonlocal

Swindon firm Garrard has also proved to be a popular post.  The precision engineering manufacturer moved to the town in 1919 and for the first time since the 1840s Swindon was no longer dependent on the railway works for employment.

With dramatic photographs taken at the scene by William Hooper, the 1906 Tram Disaster also ranks with some of the most visited posts on Swindon in the Past Lane.

And the Looking Down on ... series continues to grab the imagination with 1950s aerial photographs of Park South and Walcot getting regular views.  Keep looking as there are still a few more posts to come.

Anne Leighton, one of the Ladies who lived at Lydiard Park received so many visits there has been a spin off!  For all things Lydiard Park themed visit Status, Scandal and Subterfuge.  But if you would like to know more about the aristocratic St John family pay a call on Good Gentlewoman.

Swindon's Suffragette, schoolteacher Edith New, continues to receive regular visits.  Born in 1877 at 24 North Street, Swindon, Edith joined the Pankhurst led Women's Social and Political Union in 1908.  She was imprisoned on several occasions and a miniature pair of stockings knitted from fibres she unpicked from her prison uniform in Holloway Gaol are held by the Museum of London.  Edith continues to be a work in progress.

As Swindon in the Past Lane passes 15,000 page views read again about the great and the good, beautiful buildings and brave women.

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