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Stratton St. Margaret (Gorsehill) - The OPC is Nigel Chalk

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St. Barnabus St. Barnabus

Gorsehill Forms part of the Parish of Stratton St. Margaret

Gorsehill Gallery

The Church of St. Barnabus

Church Gallery

St. Barnabas Church              St. Barnabas Church Murals


History of Gorse Hill

Originally a small hamlet of Stratton, Gorse Hill was taken over by Swindon Council in 1891 when expansion of the area followed by the building of St Barnabus Church in Cricklade Road meaning that it became a parish in it’s own right. The first streets to be built were Avening, Chapel, Hinton, and Bright Street.  December 1912 saw the opening of the Cinema.  December 1929 saw the opening of a new Police Station in Gorse Hill.  During the war Kembrey Street was bombed and several people killed, Italian prisoners of war were kept in some of the buildings of Kembrey Estate.


Buildings and Land


Electra Palace  Knocked down in 1990's and replaced with Thomas Edward Coard Building


Gorsehill Farm

Gorsehill Farm

General Building Items

New Name for Crowdy's Hill 1981           Thamesdown Hydrotherapy Pool

Isolation Hospital

History of the Isolation Hospital




In 2017, 4 New houses were built behind Majestic Wine in Caulfield Road.

Property for Let

Property to Let 1900-1999                         

Property for Sale

Sale of Freehold Land 1876          Sale by Auction of Buildings & Land 1902

Public Houses

Public Houses Gallery

Read more about the Public Houses of Gorsehill by following the link

Carpenter’s Arms, (now renamed the Swiss Chalet)

Originally opened as an Off-licence in 1874 and was run by a local carpenter named William Penny.

The pub was demolished in 1964 due to a road widening scheme and was rebuilt a short distance away in Chapel Street. It has since been renamed the Swiss Chalet because of it’s distinctive architectural style.

Duke of Edinburgh

Landlords 1864-1891

1868 Poll Book shows Henry Wright as owner.

The Meerkat


Crime & Legal Matters

Crime Reports

2000 - Present



Education Gallery

Gorsehill School           Gorsehill School Football Team 1927/28 Recalled 1987


Employment and Business

Employment & Business Gallery

The original Swindon Gasworks was on Gypsy Lane, housed behind a high brick wall, it was eventually closed completely when Natural Gas was rolled out across the country in the 1970's.

1955 saw the first laundrette in Swindon area.

Argyle Street Pet & Garden Centre - 1988 to 2018 replacing an existing Garden Wholesaler.  The buildings were originally pig sheds later used by a Coal distributer.

Cricklade Road Businesses 2017 (Work in progress)


Advertising Gallery

Advertising 1900-1949

New Swindon Industrial Co-op Society

Co-Op Gallery

New Co-Op Store 2001                    Co-Op Staff Then and Now 2001     Shop now on corner Cricklade Road and Chapel Street.


Known then primarily as a manufacturer of radio components, opened its factory in Kembrey Street, Gorse Hill, in 1940.


Police Inspector Albert Enos Mitchell 1887-1940                Police Sergeant Reakes Retires 1932 (Gorse Hill) 

Trades Unions 

Edward Frank Adams 1910


Non Conformity and Other Places of Worship

Non Conformity Gallery

Baptist Church

Baptist Church          Incumbents List

Salvation Army Citadel

The Citadel is located in Chapel Street. Has been rebuilt after a fire.

Sikh Temple

13 January 2002: Swindon’s Sikh community opened its first purpose-built temple in Kembrey Street, called the Shri Guru Nanak Gudawara. It replaced much smaller premises in North Street that it had taken over from the Salvation Army in 1972.


People and Parish Notables

People Gallery

For entries in the 1868 Poll Book please refer to the main Stratton St. Margaret Page 


Entertinment Gallery


War, Conflict and Military Matters

Military Gallery


Casualties of WWI           Thomas Fox 1916          WWI Memorial Mystery 2015

British Red Cross/VAD Volunteers

Volunteers 1914-1918 


Interview on WWII for Peoples War 2006       

War Memorial

War Memorial List


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