Description: Office Building to North of General Offices
Date Listed: 29 March 1990
English Heritage Building ID: 318838
OS Grid Reference: SU1438685037
OS Grid Coordinates: 414386, 185037
Latitude/Longitude: 51.5640, -1.7938
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SWINDON RODBOURNE ROAD
SU 18 NW
BREL: Swindon Works
Office building to
north of General
Workshop and stores with fitters room and engine house, now offices. 1841 by
Brunel and Gooch for The Great Western Railway Company; altered c1871,
1913-16, 1929 and c1950s. Box rubblestone brought to course; Welsh slate roof.
2 storeys; 17 bays with fitters room and engine house at South end. West
elevation: plinth; giant piers define 14 left-hand bays which have 19508
windows, on ground floor these being small-pane metal windows with segmental
brick arches, on 1st floor paired 4-pane sashes below stone lintels;
originally there were 4-pane windows to ground floor and 2-pane windows above with
weatherboarding between (Peck, plate 26, p31). Former round-arched doorway in
bay 1 now a window; door inserted in bay 2; to bay 8, double door with
segmental brick arch. The 3 right-hand bays altered c1929, having segmental
brick -arched door and small-pane sash windows. East elevation: mostly
concealed, but piers survive framing internal openings, with roll-moulded
arrises. Interior: jack-arched fire-proof ceiling to former engine room. At
least 14 of the original queen-post roof trusses survive.
Of interest as part of the original Great Western Railway works and one of an
important group of Victorian Industrial buildings at the works.
A. Peck, The Great Western at Swindon Works (1983)
Listing NGR: SU1438685037
Source: English Heritage
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