Swindon - Local History in newsreel film clips

This collection of archive newsreel film footage features a selection of film clips from Swindon, Wiltshire. A partial history of Swindon in film clips running from 1918 to 1969. 1918 and and it is Empire Day celebrations in Swindon - great fun! In 1921 King Amanullah Khan of Afghanistan visited the train factory in Swindon and 1924 George V and Queen Mary dropped in on Swindon to a cheering crowd, George V climbed into a steam engine cab! Still with the railways in Swindon and we have a film from 1934 of "Queer Jobs" carried out in the railway sheds and in 1935 the very latest in locomotive design was unveiled with the 'King Henry VII' streamlined steam loco. Two sad stories from 1936, the crash of the Penzance to London Express where two people died and a film of 'Lost Locos' where obsolete trains are broken, this is followed by a film in 1938 of the Train Graveyard in Swindon. More recent history and in 1947 Swindon was reporting a baby boom and we have great footage of William Morgan's flower shop, James Smith's Nursery Shop and Lew Evans jewellers. Swindon inventor William Ratcliffe demonstrates his Water Cycle in a 1949 newsreel film and in 1950 Princess Elizabeth visited Swindon to visit the town, Girl Guides and unveil engine 'Swindon'. Lyneham in 1953 received POWs back from Korea. It was not just trains but Hovercraft that Swindon could claim to be the incubator for, the Vickers factory is shown on film in 1961 and the Hovercraft Vickers VA1 and VA3 and V303 are all shown in the archive footage here. Queen's Park in the same year and colour footage of MR MJ Williams and his Crocodile flower display. More Hovercrafts at Vickers in 1962 with the VA3 and a Hover Land Rover... Comets at RAF Lyneham in '62 and in 1965 a flight simulator was demonstrated, still with planes 66 'new' Hercules aircraft were on order. The George V locomotive was due for restoration in 1968 and who can forget 1969 - Swindon won the league cup against Arsenal!

Croc Garden

Croc Garden (1961)

The head gardener of a park in Swindon has created a flower display in the shape of a crocodile.

'king George V' Loco

'king George V' Loco (1968)

The 'King George V' locomotive is pulled out of its shed to be restored. Swindon, Wiltshire.

London Express Crash

London Express Crash (1936)

An item showing the wreckage of the express train which crashed into a goods train leaving two people dead. Swindon, Wiltshire.

British Wounded Arrive Home From Malaya

British Wounded Arrive Home From Malaya (1950)

Wounded British soldiers being helped out of plane at Lyneham Aerodrome.

The Savoy Swindon

The Savoy Swindon (1950)

Footage of Princess Elizabeth visiting the town of Swindon, Wiltshire.

Swindon - New Uses For Hovercraft AKA New Hovercraft - Ferry And Farm Developments

Swindon - New Uses For Hovercraft AKA New Hovercraft - Ferry And Farm Developments (1962)

Demonstration of Vickers' hovercraft which are used as passenger ferries and for farming.

Comet 4's For RAF

Comet 4's For RAF (1962)

Footage of Comet aircraft at RAF base in Lyneham, Wiltshire.

Hercules For RAF

Hercules For RAF (1967)

RAF Lyneham receives Hercules transport planes. Wiltshire.

Pows Home AKA Korea P.O.W.'s Return To Lyneham

Pows Home AKA Korea P.O.W.'s Return To Lyneham (1953)

Sick and wounded prisoners of war from North Korea are returned home to England.

Water Cycle

Water Cycle (1949)

Quirky invention: a bicycle that can be ridden on water.

Railway Graveyard AKA Swindon Lner

Railway Graveyard AKA Swindon Lner (1938)

Old steam engines are broken down for scrap and used to make new ones at Swindon.

Lost Locos

Lost Locos (1936)

Old steam engines are broken up at Swindon in Wiltshire.

Canadians Celebrate

Canadians Celebrate (1914)

Canadians celebrate Empire Day at Swindon.

Baby Boom Town

Baby Boom Town (1947)

Scenes of life in the baby boom town of Swindon.

Hover Rover

Hover Rover (1962)

Item showing how the 'Hover Rover' skims over difficult, uneven ground.

King And Queen At Swindon

King And Queen At Swindon (1924)

King George V and Queen Mary visit Swindon and the King drives a steam engine.

King Amanullah In Swindon

King Amanullah In Swindon (1921)

Footage of King Amanullah on visit to Swindon, Wiltshire.

Hovercraft Of Near Future

Hovercraft Of Near Future (1961)

Experimental hovercraft point the way to the transport of the future.

League Cup Final

League Cup Final (1969)

Swindon beat Arsenal 3 - 1 in Football League Cup Final.

Streamlined Train For Gwr News In A Nutshell

Streamlined Train For Gwr News In A Nutshell (1935)

Great Western Railway's new streamlined train, 'King Henry VII'.

Queer Jobs

Queer Jobs (1934)

Railway employees with strange job titles are seen at work in Swindon.

Flight Simulator Beware - Other Colour Pics Share This Title

Flight Simulator Beware - Other Colour Pics Share This Title (1965)

A look at the flight simulator equipment at RAF Lyneham in Wiltshire.