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Chain Test House, Swindon

Description: Chain Test House

Grade: II*
Date Listed: 18 May 1984
English Heritage Building ID: 318814

OS Grid Reference: SU1433885048
OS Grid Coordinates: 414338, 185048
Latitude/Longitude: 51.5641, -1.7945

Location: James Watt Close, Swindon SN2 2NA

Locality: Swindon
County: Swindon
Country: England
Postcode: SN2 2NA

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Listing Text

BREL: Swindon Works
1/152 Chain Test House

Metal Testing House. 1873. Long single storey brick structure
built on to an older building and thus having only one external
wall. Wrought iron roof construction sash windows. The testing
room at the south end is lit from above, the chain tester is in the
floor of the corridor to the north. The testing room has largely
original fittings and a very Victorian atmosphere. The Ransome's
chain tester of 1874 has a hydraulic pull of 130 tons and is
probably the oldest such working machine in the country. There are
also a later tensile tester and an Izod's Patent tester by
Avery's. A fine collection of Victorian testing machinery in
original setting and in working order, the whole now extremely
rare. Part of the great expansion of the works in the 1870's and
one of an important group of industrial buildings at the GWR works.

Listing NGR: SU1432485014

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Source: English Heritage

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