Across the West of England’s towns and cities you can find public parks and gardens. Many of these date from the suburban growth of the Victorian era and were a source of civic pride.
The GWR Park on Faringdon Road dates from the 1840s. It started life as the cricket ground and in the 1870s became a park where local people could escape the busy Swindon streets and enjoy some garden greenery.
This view shows some of the formal gardens with St Mark’s Church, Swindon’s water tower in the background and neatly kept flower beds at the front.
The formal gardens of 1900 have not survived but the site still remains as a public park, hosting events and the Territorial Army in Swindon and providing a precious green space.
Images: Copyright STEAM Museum – Faringdon Road Park Then-Peter Benson, Faringdon Road Park Now