The Armin Grewe Homepage
While most of the pages on my site show recent pictures, some people are also interested in older and historic pictures. As I only first came to Swindon in 1995 I don't have any old pictures myself.
Picture of Christ Church in Old Town Swindon Until I was contacted by Carol Gilmore: Her father James Max Porter of Birmingham, Alabama (USA) was in Swindon during World War II and took several pictures. Carol was so kind to scan them in for me and give the permission to show them on my website. Here a few impressions from Swindon during the 1940s:

We begin our visit to historic Swindon in Old Town. Some of the buildings have hardly changed: On the left a view of Christ Church, the main church in Old Town. It is virtually unchanged, although there have been some problems with ongoing maintenance recently.

Below a picture of the Goddard Arms Hotel on High Street, Old Town. The building has not changed much, although it is now almost covered by the ivy.
Picture of the Goddard Arms Hotel
From Old Town we go down the hill to the New Town with the Regent Circus area. Below left the Town Hall seen from Regent Street. Below right Regent Circus seen from Princes Street, the Town Hall on the left and the Post Office on the right.
Picture of Swindon Town Hall Picture of Regent Circus with the Post Office

Below the corner of Commercial Road and Victoria Road, Victoria Road leading up to Old Town on the right.

Picture of the corner Commercial Road and Victoria Road
Picture of Bridge and Regent Street

We continue along Regent Street, below the Woolworth Store in Regent Street. Left a view along Bridge Street and Regent Street. The tower on the right belongs to McIlroys department store and doesn't exist any more today.

Picture of the Woolworth Store

If you are interested in pictures from Swindon, you might also be interested in the following pages: