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The Swindon heritage action zone

GWR Park, Faringdon Road

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Do you enjoy visiting GWR Park on Faringdon Road?

The recent pandemic has really highlighted how much parks and green spaces are valued by people who live in town centres. This particular green space has played a significant role in the sporting and social life of Swindon’s Railway Village for more than 170 years. 

It was in this park that the famous cricketer Dr WG Grace, playing for Bedminster, was defeated by the New Swindon cricket team in 1870.

As well as a cricket pitch the park used to have extensive formal flower beds and greenhouses and in 1904 it was estimated that 38,000 people managed to cram into the park for the annual Children’s Fete.

Through the Heritage Action Zone and, working closely with South Swindon Parish Council who manage the park, landscape architects Cookson & Tickner have been appointed to prepare a Conservation Management Plan. Cookson & Tickner will carry out research and consultation in order to understand how the park has evolved since GWR bought it in 1844 and how people want to use it and see it develop in the future. The Plan will identify ways to preserve and enhance any remaining historical features and to tell the park’s interesting story to visitors.

Online survey from 12 to 28 May 2021

You can tell us your views about GWR Park by completing our online survey, available in the consultations and surveys section of the website from 12 to 28 May 2021. 

For more information about GWR Park on Faringdon Road, see our document: History of Faringdon Road Park (PDF).

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