Children at Lethbridge Primary School in Old Town set out to discover The Victorians during the Autumn term and turned for help to members of The Swindon Society for their expert knowledge.
Member Andy Binks writes: The society specialises in the history of Swindon in photographs. The Victorian era ended in 1901 and though we do not have lots of images of that period, we do have plenty of the early Edwardian era that followed.
We went to the school and gave four photographic combined with PowerPoint presentations to four different classes. Each class has about 35 pupils so we talked some 140 of the 500 boys and girls in the school. The plan was to then show them around Old Town and include many of the places they saw on screen, and to tell them about it as they were stood in front of the various buildings.
The Old Town area tour consisted of Newport Street, High Street, Wood Street and Devizes Road with a few small deviations to Swindon Old Town station which is now an industrial estate and into Lawn Woods to tell them about the Goddard family, and a bit of history of that lovely area of our town.
We did two walks on Monday 19 November 2012, when the weather was dull and drizzly and two walks on the 20 November when to say the least it was very, very wet.
Even though each walk was different, all the kids seemed to enjoy them, probably because it was better than being in class. There were a few volunteers from our society to help make these shows and walks a success. All of the pupils liked discovering where Old Town station used to be, and also learning about how the Lord of the Manor, Squire Goddard owned much of the land in Old Town and beyond.
There next topic is World War II and some of the youngsters were impressed with how British and American soldiers were billeted in Lawn Woods during this time of conflict.
The Swindon Society members involved were Diane Everett, Fran Bevan, Mary Hodgson, Bob Townsend, David Bedford and Andy Binks. We all really enjoyed our days helping out at the school.
As always we ask if you have any old photographs of Swindon and its surrounding area. Please do give an opportunity to see and scan them into our huge database of images of the area. Contact us by mail: email@example.com or via our web site www.swindonsociety.org