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Former model lodging house for the Great Western Railway

A Grade II Listed Building in Central, Swindon

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Latitude: 51.5616 / 51°33'41"N

Longitude: -1.7901 / 1°47'24"W

OS Eastings: 414648

OS Northings: 184764

OS Grid: SU146847

Mapcode National: GBR YPY.T9

Mapcode Global: VHB3L.X0JQ

Entry Name: Former model lodging house for the Great Western Railway

Listing Date: 17 February 1970

Last Amended: 23 April 1986

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1023496

English Heritage Legacy ID: 318750

Location: Central Swindon South, Swindon, SN1

County: Swindon

Electoral Ward/Division: Central

Built-Up Area: Swindon

Traditional County: Wiltshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Wiltshire

Church of England Parish: Swindon New Town

Church of England Diocese: Bristol

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Listing Text

This list entry was subject to a Minor Amendment on 11/08/2014

SU 1484 NE

EMLYN SQUARE (east side),
Former model lodging house for the Great Western Railway

(Formerly listed as Great Western Railway Museum.

Previously listed as the Railway Museum in Faringdon Road)



Former model lodging house, 1849-1852 for GWR, converted to family hostel 1861, to Weslyan Chapel 1869-1959, and to Great Western Railway Museum 1962-2000. Since 2010 it has been a children's' activity centre. Ashlar limestone in black mortar, asbestos cement roof slates. 3 storey with 4 storey end bays, 9 bays to Emlyn Square, a central entrance under pitched and gabled porch added 1869. Buttresses to end towers, corbel table and parapet with stacks to roof. Ground floor trefoil-headed paired lights with transom, shouldered to first floor and second floor, latter in raised gables. Triple lights to end bays. Elevation to Faringdon Road similar, but added large central gable with lancets and gable lights between added square stair towers, returning by broaches to octagonal louvred turrets above second floor. Octagonal pyramid spire lets. Ground floor this elevation with C20 glazing and glazed porch brought out between towers. Interior altered to form chapel. 2 storey keeled cast iron columns supporting moulded panelled ceiling. West side 2 storey with gallery at first floor (Notes on the History of the Barracks, 1869, Ms in Swindon Reference Library).

Listing NGR: SU1463584763

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