SU1585 : 38 to 41 Ipswich Street, Swindon

taken 11 years ago, near to Swindon, Great Britain

38 to 41 Ipswich Street, Swindon
38 to 41 Ipswich Street, Swindon
In contrast to many other towns and cities in the UK such as Bath, Bristol, Coventry, Exeter and of course London, Swindon largely escaped the attentions of Hitler’s Luftwaffe between the years of 1939 and 1945, largely but not completely. During those years, occasional attacks took place, usually by isolated raiders. In the intervening years all the significant destruction that was caused has been repaired. However, there is still evidence of what happened in those troubled times and the legacy remains in the form of houses that were rebuilt after the war in a style that is similar to but distinct from the originals.

At around 20.00 hours on 19th December 1940 a lone German bomber, type unknown, started a bomb run on railway sidings between Station Road and Beatrice Street, Swindon. The plane was flying in a north-westerly direction. Bombs fell amongst rolling stock and caused relatively little damage. The sidings have long since gone and the area comprehensively redeveloped. A major road, Great Western Way, has taken the place of the railyard. It can be seen in this image LinkExternal link

Further bombs fell in Beatrice Street LinkExternal link and then Ipswich Street, where numbers 39 and 40 on the south side were destroyed and the houses either side, 38 and 41, must have been severely damaged. There were fatalities in Beatrice Street but not in Ipswich Street, although people were trapped there for a time. Both streets are typical late Victorian or Edwardian terraced houses.

After the war numbers 38 to 41 Ipswich Street were rebuilt.

This image shows those properties in the condition they are now. They have been constructed using, probably, bricks from the Bedfordshire brickfields whereas the originals would have been built using local bricks. The bay windows lack the decorative stonework that graced the original houses and, although the current windows are PVCu, as rebuilt they would have been steel casements in place of the original timber sash windows.

The historical information above was extracted from a monograph ‘Swindon Air Raids in World War 2’ by K Walter published privately in 1998, a copy of which can be found in Swindon’s Central Library.
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Date Taken
Saturday, 27 September, 2008   (more nearby)
Sunday, 28 September, 2008
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OSGB36: geotagged! SU 1501 8577 [10m precision]
WGS84: 51:34.2362N 1:47.0894W
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OSGB36: geotagged! SU 1499 8577
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