THE LIST...UPDATE: Did you correctly identify the four aerial pics of Swindon in the early part of the 20th century?

Pics from the past

Pics from the past

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THIS week we teamed up with English Heritage to bring you a selection of images taken from the skies above Swindon during the first half of the 20th century.

The shots show four areas of of the town and illustrate how the landscape has changed in the past 60-plus years.

Were you able to identify the areas? And more specifically any of the roads or landmarks? 

Captions have now been added below...

 

Swindon Advertiser:

Picture 1 (courtesy of English Heritage): Swindon Gas Works and the Great Western Railway Works, Swindon, from the north-east, 1920

 

Swindon Advertiser:

Picture 2 (courtesy of English Heritage): The area between Commercial Road and the railway station, Swindon, 1938

 

Swindon Advertiser:

Picture 3 (courtesy of English Heritage): Old Town, Swindon, 1938

 

Swindon Advertiser:

Picture 4 (courtesy of English Heritage): The southern edge of the city looking towards Wroughton, Swindon, from the north-east, 1947

 

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4:28pm Tue 27 May 14

kevin leakey says...

Image 1 - looking south across railway works, gas works, Harcourt Rd centre right. Ferndale Rd left to right in foreground.

Image 2 – Commercial Rd and Regent Circus, foreground. Looking north across town centre to Queenstown area and railway station (top left), part of Broadgreen top right.

Image 3 –old Town, looking north - Bath Rd foreground, Christ Church top right. Drove Road top centre. Hunt St. top left. Adver Offices, Victoria Rd, middle of image.

Image 4 –Looking south towards Wroughton from Old Walcot and Queens Park area right foreground, Old Town - centre. Marlborough Rd and Broome Manor Lane centre left
Image 1 - looking south across railway works, gas works, Harcourt Rd centre right. Ferndale Rd left to right in foreground. Image 2 – Commercial Rd and Regent Circus, foreground. Looking north across town centre to Queenstown area and railway station (top left), part of Broadgreen top right. Image 3 –old Town, looking north - Bath Rd foreground, Christ Church top right. Drove Road top centre. Hunt St. top left. Adver Offices, Victoria Rd, middle of image. Image 4 –Looking south towards Wroughton from Old Walcot and Queens Park area right foreground, Old Town - centre. Marlborough Rd and Broome Manor Lane centre left kevin leakey
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12:57pm Fri 30 May 14

Alan B'stard says...

Image 1 - Redhouse

Image 2 - Witchelstowe

Image 3 - Lydiard Park

Image 4 - Windmill Hill Business Park

I think that's correct.
Image 1 - Redhouse Image 2 - Witchelstowe Image 3 - Lydiard Park Image 4 - Windmill Hill Business Park I think that's correct. Alan B'stard
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10:45am Sat 31 May 14

Clippies says...

Since when did Swindon become a city or did it lose it's Cityship (pic 4)?
Since when did Swindon become a city or did it lose it's Cityship (pic 4)? Clippies
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11:22am Sat 31 May 14

are u mad says...

Clippies wrote:
Since when did Swindon become a city or did it lose it's Cityship (pic 4)?
my thoughts exactly
[quote][p][bold]Clippies[/bold] wrote: Since when did Swindon become a city or did it lose it's Cityship (pic 4)?[/p][/quote]my thoughts exactly are u mad
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