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Great Western Railway Museum, Swindon

Description: Great Western Railway Museum

Grade: II
Date Listed: 17 February 1970
English Heritage Building ID: 318750

OS Grid Reference: SU1464884764
OS Grid Coordinates: 414648, 184764
Latitude/Longitude: 51.5616, -1.7901

Location: Reading Street, Swindon SN1 5BP

Locality: Swindon
County: Swindon
Country: England
Postcode: SN1 5BP

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Listing Text

(east side)
6/88 Great Western Railway Museum
(formerly listed an the Railway
Museum in Faringdon Road)

Model lodging house, 1849-1852 for GWR, converted to family hostel
1861, and to Weslyan Chapel 1869, now museum since 1960 conversion.
Ashlar limestone in black mortar, asbestos cement roof slates. 3
storey with 4 storey end bays, 9 bays to Emlyn Square, a central
entrance under pitched and gabled porch added 1869. Buttresses to
end towers, corbel table and parapet with stacks to roof. Ground
floor trefoil-headed paired lights with transom, shouldered to
first floor and second floor, latter in raised gables. Triple
lights to end bays. Elevation to Faringdon Road similar, but added
large central gable with lancets and gable lights between added
square stair towers, returning by broaches to octagonal louvred
turrets above second floor. Octagonal pyramid spire lets. Ground
floor this elevation with C20 glazing and glazed porch brought out
between towers.
Interior altered to form chapel. 2 storey keeled cast iron columns
supporting moulded panelled ceiling. West side 2 storey with
gallery at first floor. (Notes on the History of the Barracks,
1869, Ms in Swindon Reference Library).

Listing NGR: SU1463584763

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Source: English Heritage

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