Events to mark the year when modern Swindon came into being – and to tell the story of what a great place it has become in the last 175 years – have started to gather momentum.
On 25 February 1841 a letter by Daniel Gooch, Superintendent of Locomotives of the Great Western Railway, was considered by the company’s board of directors. His recommendation was that the green fields below the market town on a nearby hill were the most suitable for an engine and carriage maintenance and construction works. The Board accepted his view and the rest is history.
Schools across Swindon, including Oliver Tomkins School; Toothill, Red Oaks Primary; Redhouse, St Francis CofE; Taw Hill, Lethbridge; Old Town and Lainesmead Primary; Lawns were celebrating that momentous moment in history on the 25 February by dressing up and learning as their ancestors would have done in the Victorian manner.