CHAIN TEST HOUSE

Overview

Heritage Category: Listed Building

Grade: II*

List Entry Number: 1355879

Date first listed: 18-May-1984

Statutory Address: CHAIN TEST HOUSE, RODBOURNE ROAD

Map

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Location

Statutory Address: CHAIN TEST HOUSE, RODBOURNE ROAD

The building or site itself may lie within the boundary of more than one authority.

District: Swindon (Unitary Authority)

National Grid Reference: SU 14338 85048

Summary

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Reasons for Designation

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History

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Details

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

Legacy

The contents of this record have been generated from a legacy data system.

Legacy System number: 318814

Legacy System: LBS

Sources

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

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