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Statutory Address:

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Swindon (Unitary Authority)
Central Swindon North
National Grid Reference:
SU 14338 85048


RODBOURNE ROAD SU 18 SW SWINDON BREL: Swindon Works 1/152 Chain Test House 18.5.84 GV II*

Metal Testing House. 1873. Long single storey brick structure built on to an older building and thus having only one external wall. Wrought iron roof construction sash windows. The testing room at the south end is lit from above, the chain tester is in the floor of the corridor to the north. The testing room has largely original fittings and a very Victorian atmosphere. The Ransome's chain tester of 1874 has a hydraulic pull of 130 tons and is probably the oldest such working machine in the country. There are also a later tensile tester and an Izod's Patent tester by Avery's. A fine collection of Victorian testing machinery in original setting and in working order, the whole now extremely rare. Part of the great expansion of the works in the 1870's and one of an important group of industrial buildings at the GWR works.

Listing NGR: SU1432485014


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Books and journals
Hudson, K, Transport History
Large, F , Swindon Retrospect 1855-1930, (1931)
Peck, A , The Great Western at Swindon Works, (1983)
Silto, J , A Swindon History 1840-1901


This building is listed under the Planning (Listed Buildings and Conservation Areas) Act 1990 as amended for its special architectural or historic interest.

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Date: 09 Jun 2005
Reference: IOE01/13782/15
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