A suitable post for Friday the 13th?
Here’s a selection of benches from Chippenham station for us to view whilst I try and decide which one (if any) was the bench Old Maudy used to sit on.
I devised a ghost walk for Pewsham Belles WI this week and the railway station was our initial meeting place plus the spot for our first ghostly tale.
More on Old Maudy to come after I’ve distilled our walk and the tales we told into an interactive map.
A trip to London last Saturday was surprisingly lacking in benches until I arrived at my lunchtime destination. This was enough to interest me, then…
… my friends pointed out the bench was marked ‘Private’.
It made them even more delighted to sit and pose for me! Thanks Sara and Alison 🙂
An improvised set of benches fashioned from some of the items used for the show jumping classes at Foxham Horse Show last weekend.
Unusually for a country show, most of the seating being used were the hundreds of horses entered for the various classes held in 9 show rings on the day.
Lined up, the jump components are reminiscent of nearby Maud Heath’s Causeway at Kellaways, which I drove past on the way to the showground.
I visited the Herman Miller factory in Melksham last week – purveyor of top quality design-led office furniture. They hosted a tour as part of Heritage Open Days.
The building’s architecture is pretty amazing – a long-term partnership the company has had with Nicholas Grimshaw, who’s designed all their facilities in Bath and Chippenham as well as this one.
Examples of their furniture are found all round the office, so they were a natural to feature for a Friday Bench today 😉
Whilst there I realised:
- the site is where my uncle Gerald did his national service in the RAF
- I’ve sat on and used Herman Miller furniture in my previous day job.
I’m amazed to think a global brand is made so close to home. The chairs we sat on in the meeting room were so comfortable, I want one!
It was a fascinating visit and tour.
These benches are located en route from Swindon station to the Steam museum which tells the story of Swindon’s now defunct railway works.
Indeed we are looking at where the works used to be. I was particularly interested in seeing how this area had changed as I used to pass through on my way to my voluntary work at Heelis, the National Trust’s HQ.
Back then, this area was a mass of railway lines as it was where chains were tested for use on the railway. Some of these chain testing pits are still there to the left of this photo, but the rest of the area was concreted over when they started to build what’s now called the Old Railway Quarter around 10 years ago.
I always enjoy coming here to look for clues to the site’s previous use. The buildings you can see at the end are part of Historic England’s HQ and housed the drawing office of the old railway works.
Whenever I find a reminder of the old railway works, I always feel a sense of loss, even though this area is being redeveloped with some sensitivity to what went before. It’s hard to imagine the noise, bustle and activity which was swept away and replaced by this much quieter – albeit award winning – scene.