Suggest a new wonder to replace it.
To drivers it is simply the Carfax Street Car Park, but to readers of fantasy writer Jasper Fforde it’s one of the Seven Wonders of Swindon.
But its days are numbered and the search is on for a new one.
The site is immortalised as the Double Helix of Carfax in Fforde’s Thursday Next series of novels which are set in a Swindon existing in a parallel universe.
It will be demolished as part of the Kimmerfields redevelopment.
The author has surprisingly given his blessing to the reshaping of the town centre. He told The Link: “Whether it will be dismantled to be rebuilt at a theme park in Arizona has yet to be determined,
“Dismayed as I might be to learn of the loss of this historic landmark to a senseless and degrading act of vandalism, I am heartened to learn that the new development of Swindon Town Centre will feature a 40-foot-high bronze cast of myself, surrounded by 4 eternal flames and an honour guard.
“In light of this, I have given my fullest and enthusiastic approval to the removal of the car park.”
At jasperfforde.com/swindon/7wonders, he writes: ‘At the number three slot, Swindon’s famous and groundbreaking early design in stressed steel concrete laid the groundwork for Corbusier, Frank Lloyd Wright, Gaudi and many others.
‘It was designed by Swindon University physicist Alvin Suggs in 1893 as a friction compensated slope to study Galileo’s theories of conservation of momentum – ‘Sugg’s Marble run’ as it became known.’
Jasper Fforde’s re-imagined Carfax Street car park, below
Ideas wanted by the Swindon Special Committee for Wonders
What could be the new Wonder of Swindon when the Double Helix of Carfax disappears into the concrete crusher?
Jasper has asked Swindon Link to receive ideas, ideally accompanied by Photoshopped renderings. The winner will not only feature on the official Jasper Fforde website, but its designer will receive a signed hardback copy of his latest book.
“The only proviso,” says Jasper, “is that all submitted Wonders have to be suffering some form of existence deficit issue and to be utterly bereft in accepted forms of established logic.”
Mail suggestions and images to: email@example.com by 12 May
Below, the Kimmerfields site between Fleming Way, left, and Corporation Street, right. Image by Richard Wintle of Calyx