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Barry Writes

Harry Carleton Attwood with his Golden Lion in February 1978

Swindon sculptor Carleton Attwood was an artist and a gentleman...

The Vulcan

Farewell to our very own Delta Lady

Eccentric Gerald Hugh Tyrwhitt-Wilson, 14th Baron Berners

A eccentric's dalliance with the great Dali

Angela Cradwell - miners strike

Barry Leighton recalls the remarkable Ms Gradwell

STEAM OPENSPIC BY SMJ14/6/00 (27948895)

Steaming up to the Smoke...

Pete Devlin

Truant turned good ole boy from Old Town to Texas

Mick Kight drums for The Humans at The Affair, Swindon, in 1978

Still setting those little goals - how Micky Kight is fighting back

Lechlade rave

Rave on you crazy people - BARRY LEIGHTON recalls Beltane festival turning into chaos

The Poll Tax demonstration at the Civic Offices in 1990

I predict a riot... the day Swindon's council chamber erupted in anger

Dave Gregory

Barry Leighton turns... A Whiter shade of Dave

Bull baiting

Barry Leighton talks about: This very unsporting life

n Above: Williams’ biographer Leonard Clark wrote: “Dante’s imaginative representation of hell is no more horrible than Williams’ description of the Swindon Railway Works.”

Barry Leighton looks at Toil... and death... in The Works

INTO the valley of Death rode the 600… including future High Sheriff of Wiltshire Clement Walker Heneage. He was among the 8th Hussars which cut through Russian positions “with fearful loss” during the Charge of the Light Brigade in 1854.

Barry Leighton reveals the stories behind our VC heroes

Sporting an  impressive bushel of facial fuzz, Ian as he is today

Hamming it up with The Hamsters - a look at the career of legendary rock 'n' roller Ian Doeser

Archaeologist Tom Sykes is pictured here in an Auxiliary bunker. It is believed that hundreds of underground Auxiliary bolt-holes still exist undetected around the country, many of which will never be found

Memories of Swindon's secret army

Warminster Thing this “unidentified flying object,” looking very much like a film prop, is examined in a field at Elm Tree Farm, Chippenham by Chief Inspector Frank Dummett, Sgt Tony Richens and RAF flying officer David Pepper in September, 1967

Is it a bird... is it a plane... or is it a UFO?

Greetings from Swindon… the junction initially known as The Experiment At The County Island Roundabout has adorned many a Swindon postcard as well as calendars, key-rings and t-shirts

Our fame has spread in a roundabout way

The first houses on land adjoining Coate Water Country Park are now being built

End of a hard-fought battle for Coate Water

Almost three years after he was forced to leave, Ken King returned to his old manor in the summer of 1993 with an alleged cheque for £1m in a doomed bid to buy it back

When Ken was King of the castle

Ricky Porter

Stone Me! When Rick helped Mick

Heavy bronze mounted French black slate click with rusty steel pillars is similar to the one recently acquired by Swindon Town fan Martin Thomas

Swindon football fan clocks up an antique

This stunning abstract called Action by painter/philosopher George Melhuish (1916-1985) was a bequest to the Swindon Collection in the year of his death. It is one of several works by this artist in the much admired collection which also boasts Henry Mo

Home is where the art is

King of Limbs is more than 1,000 years old.                                 Pictures courtesy of the Forestry Commission

Folklore of the forest

Smiling, as usual, the late Dominic Winter, well known to viewers of TV’s Antiques Roadshow, displays another historic volume set to go under the hammer at his auction-house

Happy days down at Dominic’s

Ronnie Wood leaving Swindon's Princess Margaret Hospital

Did YOU see the Stones at McIlroy’s?

n History lecturer Martin Thomas with the Peter Chambers Clock which he found on eBay and acquired in Accrington

What a clock-watcher

More than 700 people answered the call to take part in some archaeological ground work

The castle on the edge of town

A sweeping circular concourse takes centre stage in this 2007 depiction of what the five acre Granville Street/Morley Street car park should now look like. Only it doesn’t

The neverending story

When  giants roamed our streets

When giants roamed our streets

The Great Heathen Army camped at Uffington Castle, next to the mysterious white horse chalk carving, in the winter of 871 before clashing with the Anglo-Saxon army in the countryside below

A right old carve-up

Sheila with one of several Kermits that graced her pad in Baydon

A frog he would a-wooing go!

Tim at his home studio in St Margaret’s Road where, after around a year’s work, he hopes to have completed 100 Views of Swindon

Street painting man

Ten years in the making, Clive’s unique silver Spitfire suddenly swerved out of control after what appeared to be a textbook landing and ended nose down at Wroughton airfield in 1984

The lifelong dream that crash landed

Giuseppe Garibaldi

An icon arrived in Swindon

Our story in June concerning the emergence of the distinctive yellow stripy Kempsters record shop bag evoked a lot of memories among readers

Spinning back through time

Albert Henry Barnett of Swindon leads a troop of British Army soldiers over a bridge almost certainly in France or Belgium during the Great War of 1914-18. Albert was sent home after being mustard gassed at Ypres in 1917

The war hero...aged just 15

Richard New is third from left in the front row of this scene from 1984

Oh we have such ‘hateful’ memories

All the way from Swindon… a rum assortment of oddballs, good-time babes, fruitcakes, gipsy minstrels,  chimney sweeps, tuba players, hot air balloonists, existentialists, hod-carriers and dipsomaniacs at WOMAD 2013

Wonderful, wonderful WOMAD

Martin Parry at his town centre home

Martin’s reels of treasure

Frederick Kempster with his mother Jane

The gentle giant who just grew and grew

Several hundred extras, mostly from Swindon, appeared alongside nine professional actors and actresses during the Two Minutes Hate scene at RAF Hullavington in June 1984

Hundreds flocked to get heads cropped when movie stars came to town...but were you a hater?

The boys in Brazil….the Wild Westerners pictured before their game against a bunch of thin and fit young fellows with a neat line in step-overs and bicycle kicks in Buzios, 2004

The alternative England squad

Barry Leighton presents Diane Everett and Andy Binks, of the Swindon Society, with Richard Bullen’s mug at the location of the Union Hotel, now part of a car park adjoining Swindon station

The mug that's finally found its way home

Peter Cousins reflecting on his Kempsters paper bag

Pete has got a grand old bag

The Vic in Victoria Road, Old Town, 1986: Pete Fitzsimmons, Pete O’Driscoll, The Big Man, Steve Hobbs and Jonny Stephens

Remembering the unmistakeable Paul Cooke

Adver newspaper vendor Don Stanley, 72, is flung into the limelight by accepting the world’s first electronic cash payment – 28p for a copy of our Mondex special edition

How smart was that?

Rioters ran amok in Regent Street during the evening of April 2 1880, smashing the windows of several pubs including every pane of glass in the Artillery Arms

Question: What caused people to riot in Swindon? Answer: An election

In November 1992 Michael White dressed up as Sir Walter Raleigh, the man credited with bringing tobacco back from the New World, in protest against moves by National Express to ban smoking from their coaches

Smoke gets in your eyes: The man who fought the right to light up when and where he liked

Executioner John Ellis of Rochdale hanged White in June, 1914, in such a manner, it was reported, to ensure a “practically instantaneous death” with a carefully calculated and measured drop of just under eight feet

A murder most foul

Supported on each side by a derelict, bricked-up property, the couple’s tidily kept home sat in the heart of a desolate landscape all the other properties, including the Gardener’s Arms pub, having long since been demolished. Picture courtesy Andy Bin

We shall not be moved (...but in the end they had no choice)

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