Old Town Garden gates get new lease of life

By Jamie Hill - 10 March 2020


The gate at the Goddard Avenue entrance to the Town Gardens were put back in place after being restored by South Swindon Parish Council as part of their program of restoring all the Town Garden gates.

The pedestrian gate was originally installed in the late 19th century and the Parish Council has restored the gates in its original venetian red (red/brown) colour.

This colour was a common choice for urban ironwork in the late nineteenth century. It became a fashionable choice in the 1860s and in the last quarter of the century it was used extensively for street railings and also for park railings and gates. It continued to be widely used up to the First World War.

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