GALLERY: Swindonians love a home with history

By Jamie Hill - 13 February 2019

HeritageHome and Garden

An apartment in a sympathetically converted Bottle Factory on Lansdown Road, Old Town, has sold within hours of going on the market. The building, which has been redeveloped by local property developer Daniel Thuysbaert, has been converted into four stunning new homes, which are now being marketed by Richard James.

The building was originally built in 1870, by local businessman, Edwin Robert Ing, to house his North Wilts Aerated Water Manufactory.  After a series of merges, eventually It was taken over by Arkell’s under the brand of Ace Soft Drinks. 

More recently, in a move once hailed as Swindon’s answer to Hollywood, the building became the home of Wyvern Television, which made video productions for a range of clients, from Thorn EMI to Triumph International.  Whilst based in the Bottle Factory site, Wyvern Television employed a string of famous faces in their productions including Tomorrow’s World and Top Gear’s William Woollard, as well as Paul Eddington, best known for his roles in The Good Life and Yes, Minister.  It was even rumoured to have employed a young Sacha Baron Cohen, who shot to fame with his character Ali G, before becoming a major Hollywood actor. 

“Being a Swindonian, myself, I was really pleased to get the chance to save this beautiful local landmark, which has a fascinating history, and give it a new future,” said Daniel.

Having been left unoccupied, the familiar Old Town architecture has now been transformed by Thuysbaert into four spacious, 2-bedroom homes, which blend character and period features throughout the properties and communal areas.  The first apartment was snapped up on the open weekend and the remaining three are expected to sell quickly. Anyone interested can call estate agent Richard James at the Old Town office on 01793 520720.

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