SU1484 : 'J' shop, former Great Western Railway factory, Swindon

taken 11 years ago, near to Swindon, Great Britain

'J' shop, former Great Western Railway factory, Swindon
'J' shop, former Great Western Railway factory, Swindon
The original use of the part of the works shown here was as an iron foundry. By 1960 the need for iron castings had diminished with the rundown of steam across the region, indeed the whole rail network, and the foundry was underused. I found amongst some original documentation at the local library reference to a proposal to convert part of the foundry to general engineering use such as maintenance, painting etc. of diesel locomotives thus reducing congestion in 'A' shop pictured here Link 'J' shop is located on the south-western corner of the original 19th century area of the works. The elevation here faces south-east across the main London to the west of England railway. The viewpoint is the bridge over Rodbourne Road. The length of the building visible here is approximately 205 metres. Whilst most of the site north of the railway and east of Rodbourne Road has been refurbished and put to other use, such as the STEAM museum and the Designer Outlet retail centre, this building remains semi-derelict and empty. See Link for a glimpse of the interior

Update June 2012: This building, also known as the Long Shop, is the subject of plans to incorporate it into the nearby Outlet Village. See Planning reference S/LBC/12/0867 on
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Date Taken
Saturday, 8 November, 2008   (more nearby)
Saturday, 8 November, 2008
Factory (disused)   (more nearby)
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SU 1415 8471 [10m precision]
WGS84: 51:33.6657N 1:47.8364W
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SU 1413 8469
View Direction
Northeast (about 45 degrees)
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