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Chain Test House

A Grade II* Listed Building in Mannington and Western, Swindon

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Coordinates

Latitude: 51.5641 / 51°33'50"N

Longitude: -1.7945 / 1°47'40"W

OS Eastings: 414338

OS Northings: 185048

OS Grid: SU143850

Mapcode National: GBR YP9.DK

Mapcode Global: VHB3D.VY59

Entry Name: Chain Test House

Listing Date: 18 May 1984

Grade: II*

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1355879

English Heritage Legacy ID: 318814

Location: Swindon, SN2

County: Swindon

Electoral Ward/Division: Mannington and Western

Built-Up Area: Swindon

Traditional County: Wiltshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Wiltshire

Church of England Parish: Swindon St Augustine

Church of England Diocese: Bristol

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Listing Text

RODBOURNE ROAD
SU 18 SW SWINDON
BREL: Swindon Works
1/152 Chain Test House
18.5.84
GV II*

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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