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Archive for the ‘Mannington Rec’ Category

Rodbourne Rockets, 1st Home Match Team Photo

Group Photo Info – Back row L/R Sid Smart (Manager), Barrie Telling, David Jones, Laurence Froud, Les Webb, Stan Holmes (Secretary)

Front row  L/R – Mick Fisher, Herbie Spur, Alan Kennet, Ron Skeats

ID Number – 123.19

Image No – img027

Subject – 1st Home Match

Date – 1950

Donor – TellingBarrie

Street – Morris Street

Location – Brown’s Field

Additional Info – The vests made from coal sacks shows that his was early days for the team as later on they had custom made leather vests. Notice Mannington Recreation Ground’s changing rooms and playground in the background.

GWR Factory Railings, Mannington Recreation Ground

ID Number – 455.122

Image No – dscI0109

Subject – GWR Factory Railings

Date – 2009

Donor – RogersStan

Location – Mannington Rec.

Additional Info – The photo shows the only remaining example of the iron railings that protected the Western boundary of the GWR works.  The bridge handrail in the foreground is on the footbridge to the Mannington Recreation Ground changing rooms and car park and the bridge in the back ground is the footbridge for the old cinder path from Mannington Rec. to the bottom of Redcliffe Street, used by many workers from Shaw & Wootton Bassett. The brook featured is the Elcombe Brook which runs into the River Ray at the bottom of Morris Street.

Delcia Appleby nee Worsdell

From Left:  Delcia Appleby, Pat Woodward and Ken Woodward

ID Number – 383

Image No – img109

Subject – Delcia Appleby nee Worsdell

Date – circa 1950s

Donor – ApplebyDelcia

Street – Morris Street

Location – Mannington Recreation ground

Leisure – Mannington Rec

The large building in the background is the “A” Shop of the British Rail (ex GWR) Works

Delcia Appleby nee Worsdell on Mannington Recreation Ground

Group Photo info – Delcia aged 2 with the changing rooms in the background

ID Number – 381

Image No – img447

Subject – Delcia Appleby nee Worsdell

Date – 1945

Donor – ApplebyDelcia

Street – Morris Street

Location – Mannington Recreation ground

Leisure – Mannington Rec

Lads playing football

Group Photo info – Brian(Coyle)Hedges,Donald Phillips,Paul Ricks

ID Number – 534

Image No – img405

Subject – Lads playing football

Date – circa1953

Donor – HedgesBrian(Coyle)

Street – Morris Street

Leisure – Mannington Rec

Sport – Football

Bob Jefferies on Mannington Recreation Ground

ID Number – 137

Image No – img587

Subject – Bob Jefferies

Date – circa 1939

Donor – JefferiesBill

Street – Morris Street

Location – Mannington Recreation Ground

Group Activity – Family Photo

Addt. Info – The large building in the background is the “A” Shop of the GWR Works which was the largest covered area in Europe at one time.

Flooding from River Ray

ID Number – 455.16

Image No – img10039

Subject – Flood from River Ray

Date – 2007

Donor – RogersStan

Street – Morris Street

Location – Mannington Recreation Ground

Leisure – Mannington Rec

Additional Info – View looking downstream from the Morris Street bridge. The river Ray is a strange river in that most of the time it looks like a little brook but after a substantial rainfall it turns into a raging torrent.

Flooding of Childrens Play area

ID Number – 455.15

Image No – img10038

Subject – Flooding of Childrens Play area

Date – 2007

Donor – RogersStan

Street – Morris Street

Location – Mannington Recreation Ground

Leisure – Mannington Rec

Additional Info – The childrens play area is on the site of the old changing rooms block that was demolished.

Elcombe Brook Flooding

ID Number – 455.14

Image No – img10042

Subject – Elcombe Brook Flooding

Date – 2007

Donor – RogersStan

Street – Morris Street

Location – Mannington Recreation Ground

Leisure – Mannington Rec

Additional Info – The sandy coloured area in the bottom right hand corner is the cycle path that runs round the back of the Poplar trees and follows the course of the Elcombe Brook to the other end of Mannington Recreation ground. It forms part of the extensive cycle path network around Swindon but in older times this was just a grassy track.

Elcombe Brook Flooding

ID Number – 455.13

Image No – img10041

Subject – Elcombe Brook Flooding

Date – 2007

Donor – RogersStan

Street – Morris Street

Location – Mannington Recreation Ground

Leisure – Mannington Rec

Additional Info – The trees on the right are rows of Poplar trees planted on the bank of the Elcombe Brook from the Morris Street bridge to the old cinder path running from the bottom of Redcliffe Street. These have been a feature on many photos of Mannington Recreation Ground in the Archive.

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