Snapping through Swindon's history: photojournalist Richard Wintle releases second book

By Jamie Hill - 20 December 2020

Arts and CultureHeritage

Photojournalist Richard Wintle, who used to work for Swindon Link before retiring from full time work 18 months ago, has released his second book telling the story of the town through the eyes of the lens.

The photographer has been recording the town's recent history for more than 40 years and has been a mainstay in the local media throughout some of its massive milestones including the closure of the Railway Works.

His latest book is called 'Another picture, another story' and is the follow-up to 'A picture is only the start of the story' released earlier this year. A third book is currently in the works which will look at Richard's work in the sporting arena.

He said: "Whilst my last book used the town's major industries as its touchstones, from the closure of the Railway Works to the proposed closure of the Honda plant, this book uses Lydiard Park as its cornerstone. Although it features events and pictures from all over the town throughout the book it always leads back to Lydiard."

The book features pictures of major national figures from politicians and royalty like Princess Diana and Prince Harry to celebrities like Britt Eckland and Brian Blessed.

He said: "Although you do get starstruck sometimes, I find that as soon as you have the camera in your hand you go into professional mode to simply get the job done."

The book is being sold for £14.95 with a percentage going towards charity Neuroendocrine Cancer UK. The book is available from Swindon Central Libray Bookshop and STEAM and can be ordered by emailing or visiting

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