This is our collection of memories contributed by local residents. Please browse through and enjoy the memories.

Each memory has its own comments which you can add your own to. Or you can add your own memories.

Add a memory

Ivor Cox

By Ivor Cox on December 7, 2018

Hello, I was born in Hawkins Street in April 1931,from the front bedroom of our house we could see the hooter blow and could see the steam come out before we could hear it. I lived there until I married and moved away,I now live near Grimsby. Through your site I have read many names which bring back many memories. I have the familiar photo of the kids of Hawkins st: and am sure I could name most of them, somewhere I have a couple of others I must look for. As for memories, mannington rec:the river ray, across the fields to Shaw, train spotting up the milk bank, making and racing bogies,life was never dull for us kids. Thank you for giving me the opportunity to reminisce about times past, I will try and write again.


By Shirley coxhead on March 4, 2018

Where can I get books on this please I live in Bristol but grew up in rodbourne rd. Would love to read more of these stories about my childhood and growing up. Can you give me info please

Memories from Valerie Mollet nee Brown

By Valerie Mollet nee Brown on March 2, 2018

Born in Rodbourne 1940 lived in Deburgh Street, went to Jennings St and Even Swindon School. Moved to Guernsey, Channel Island in 1972. Visit the U.K. yearly to visit family and friends. Worked at Toomers office then in Bath Road. Would be pleased to hear from anyone who remembers me.

Walking past the railworks

By Marilyn LaMude on August 9, 2017

Many fond memories, but a big embarrassing one as i walked past the railworks that is now the outlet village walking towards the bridge, the hooter went for lunch and i was engulfed in men off home for lunch. I was pushing my baby daughter in her pram,taking up the whole of the footpath. Not one bad word was uttered to me they just jumped over the railings into the road and scooted around us, calling out “dont worry love”….bless them x

Hetty and Jack Hurdle

By Yvonne Parr on August 2, 2017

Hello. My Nan (Hetty Hurdle) and my Grandad (Jack Hurdle) lived at number 88 Morris Street, they lived their from when it was first built. My Mum before she was married (Joy Hurdle) lived their too. She is married to Andy LePoidevin the watercolour artist who had the Marlborough Studio Art Gallery. 88 Morris Street is the semi detached red brick house down the bottom of Morris Street before the recreation ground on the right hand side, we have pictures of the area before any of the new houses were built and there was a farm called Martins behind, with a pond, ducks, geese, chickens, sheep, pigs and cows. I remember visiting the farm animals when i was a child we have pictures of Morris Street when it was tree lined and very attractive. I can access some photos when I visit my Mum in Purton at some point in the future, i live in Scotland.

Clive Wilson’s Memories

By Clive Wilson on April 19, 2017

My Gran bought me into this world April 1943. And I’ve just found this site,yes I’m an old Rodbourneite,although Move out 58,but as said you can leave Rodbourne but it in your blood, me 9 Charles street Gran Mrs Edmonds,mum Ivy Wilson dad killed in war at Arnhem Holland & is in war cemetery in Oosterbeek,but that never stopped me growing up & enjoying life in Rodbourne Even Swindon then Jennings St. Schools where mum,aunts uncles went, St Augustine church Cubs & scout (7th Swindon own) even the army cadets,not to forget the Palladium, Mannington rec, the shops choice of chip shops It was a village in town, old sayings where going on holiday, Purton pebbley beach, there were treacle mines, or snuff quarries there, that’s what we were told as kids?as I’ve seen here names I know & grew op with Ron Jennings, Christin Jones, went to school & knocked about with them, like one big family,the Rodbourne Rockets cycle speed way, always football down the rec, swimming in the river Ray??no laptop,mobile phones how did we survive, school holidays Wednesday afternoon going round the works, or walking across the fields to Lydiard Manor, before it was done up,can’t do it now Housing estates or get a bus!!! Or go fishing at Saddler lake,that brings me up to date my last place I worked it was drained & used as landfill all soil from Thamesdown Drive was tipped there for topping out I retired from working for the council 20yrs 2005 early 62, now in full time retirement, All the best, as I’ve been call Rodbourne Sewer Rat, joys of living near the sewer farm.

Comment from Alan Hazell

By Alan Hazell on January 12, 2017

Hello David, I have just received my Jan. copy of The Brick Wall and noticed your “Seen on Facebook” entry referring to Lorraine Hills visit to Rodbourne. I cannot give you a number for the house in Morris Street but I can tell you that it was directly opposite our old family house, 26, Summers Street as you will see mentioned in the above memories from Lorraine Brown nee Hills

Memories from Lorraine Brown nee Hills

By Lorraine Brown nee Hills on April 17, 2015

I have just found out about this site from Facebook. I was born and bred in Morris Street and my parents lived there all their lives. It was just when I was looking thought the photos of Summer Street that I recognised Sheila Hazell. She lived opposite us ‘across the backsies’ and I had the hots for her brother, though I was probably only about 6. I remember going to stand outside the church to see her get married and she was always so pretty I wanted to be like her. Then I got the shock of my life in a photo taken in their family back garden, there was my old home! I have not lived in Swindon for many years but what lovely memories this brings. I may be able find some old photos as my mothers family the Dixons lived all over Rodbourne and my dad Bernard Hills used the working men’s clubs. Thank you so much for the memories.

James Prior memories

By James Prior on November 3, 2013

Quite intresting web site, i attended even swindon junior, westbourne seceondary, schools. and lived in groves street, i do have a newspaper clipping taken by the evening advertiser of the rodbourne mannington football club the team trying on there new kit in morris street. rodbourne not changed much.

Dave Watts Family Tree

By Dave Watts on October 23, 2013

I was born & brought up in Rodbourne at 17 Jennings St, I found this site looking for family information for the family tree that I have started.
Gillian Spencer (10 Nov.2012)talks about Edith White who was my mothers (Gwen Gough)aunt who came from Bugg family.

I too remember the concerts,i always got roped into them, in one I had to dress up as a Scotsman & wear a kilt !

I will leave more comments when I have time.