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Industrial Archaelogy
Ken White Paintings
Ken White Paintings
Ken White Paintings

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Ken White is best known in Swindon for his public art murals, in particular his 1976 mural of a photo taken in 1904 of the Golden Lion bridge, Ken repainted this mural twice, in 1983 and then again in 2009.

Ken also painted murals on Cambria bridge around 1979 and paintings on canvas including the Golden Lion bridge, Whale bridge and Commercial road bridge also known as Milton road bridge.

Take a closer look at the Golden Lion mural, in the far background in the middle is Isambard Kingdom Brunel, wearing his stovepipe hat which blends in with one of the bridge pillars, also in the forefront is Swindon poet Alfred Williams also known as "The Hammerman".
Authors : Ken Water, Ken White, Swindon Library

Dragonfly Journey
Dragonfly Journey
Dragonfly journey along the Wilts & Berks Canal and North Wilts Canal in 1895
Author : Swindon Library
Brickmaking
Brickmaking
Brickmaking

Typical Brick Usage

Lift Bridge 15,000 Arch Bridge 35,000 Lock 178,000 + 425 Cubic feet of stone Lock including a tail bridge 206,000 3 Pewsham Locks took 630,000 bricks @import url(https://themes.googleusercontent.com/fonts/css?kit=fpjTOVmNbO4Lz34iLyptLUXza5VhXqVC6o75Eld_V98); ol{margin:0;padding:0} table td,table th{padding:0} .c12{border-right-style:solid;padding:2pt 2pt 2pt 2pt;border-bottom-color:#000000;border-top-width:1pt;border-right-width:1pt;border-left-color:#000000;vertical-align:bottom;border-right-color:#000000;border-left-width:1pt;border-top-style:solid;background-color:#93c47d;border-left-style:solid;border-bottom-width:1pt;width:55.5pt;border-top-color:#000000;border-bottom-style:solid} .c11{border-right-style:solid;padding:2pt 2pt 2pt 2pt;border-bottom-color:#000000;border-top-width:1pt;border-right-width:1pt;border-left-color:#000000;vertical-align:bottom;border-right-color:#000000;border-left-width:1pt;border-top-style:solid;border-left-style:solid;border-bottom-width:1pt;width:132.8pt;border-top-color:#000000;border-bottom-style:solid} .c14{border-right-style:solid;padding:2pt 2pt 2pt 2pt;border-bottom-color:#000000;border-top-width:1pt;border-right-width:0pt;border-left-color:#000000;vertical-align:bottom;border-right-color:#000000;border-left-width:0pt;border-top-style:solid;border-left-style:solid;border-bottom-width:1pt;width:49.5pt;border-top-color:#000000;border-bottom-style:solid} .c2{border-right-style:solid;padding:2pt 2pt 2pt 2pt;border-bottom-color:#000000;border-top-width:1pt;border-right-width:1pt;border-left-color:#000000;vertical-align:bottom;border-right-color:#000000;border-left-width:1pt;border-top-style:solid;border-left-style:solid;border-bottom-width:1pt;width:49.5pt;border-top-color:#000000;border-bottom-style:solid} .c18{border-right-style:solid;padding:2pt 2pt 2pt 2pt;border-bottom-color:#000000;border-top-width:1pt;border-right-width:0pt;border-left-color:#000000;vertical-align:bottom;border-right-color:#000000;border-left-width:0pt;border-top-style:solid;border-left-style:solid;border-bottom-width:1pt;width:41.2pt;border-top-color:#000000;border-bottom-style:solid} .c8{border-right-style:solid;padding:2pt 2pt 2pt 2pt;border-bottom-color:#000000;border-top-width:1pt;border-right-width:0pt;border-left-color:#000000;vertical-align:bottom;border-right-color:#000000;border-left-width:0pt;border-top-style:solid;border-left-style:solid;border-bottom-width:1pt;width:55.5pt;border-top-color:#000000;border-bottom-style:solid} .c22{border-right-style:solid;padding:2pt 2pt 2pt 2pt;border-bottom-color:#000000;border-top-width:1pt;border-right-width:0pt;border-left-color:#000000;vertical-align:bottom;border-right-color:#000000;border-left-width:0pt;border-top-style:solid;border-left-style:solid;border-bottom-width:1pt;width:132.8pt;border-top-color:#000000;border-bottom-style:solid} .c3{border-right-style:solid;padding:2pt 2pt 2pt 2pt;border-bottom-color:#000000;border-top-width:1pt;border-right-width:1pt;border-left-color:#000000;vertical-align:bottom;border-right-color:#000000;border-left-width:1pt;border-top-style:solid;border-left-style:solid;border-bottom-width:1pt;width:41.2pt;border-top-color:#000000;border-bottom-style:solid} .c15{margin-left:18.5pt;padding-top:0pt;text-indent:-0.5pt;padding-bottom:0.2pt;line-height:1.0416666666666667;orphans:2;widows:2;text-align:left;margin-right:7.2pt;height:12pt} .c17{color:#000000;font-weight:400;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;font-size:1pt;font-family:"Arial 55";font-style:normal}.c0{color:#000000;font-weight:400;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;font-size:10pt;font-family:"Arial";font-style:normal}.c5{padding-top:0pt;padding-bottom:0pt;line-height:1.15;text-align:left;height:12pt}.c4{padding-top:0pt;padding-bottom:0pt;line-height:1.15;text-align:center} .c20{border-spacing:0;border-collapse:collapse;margin-right:auto}.c6{font-size:10pt;font-family:"Arial";color:#ffffff;font-weight:700}.c1{padding-top:0pt;padding-bottom:0pt;line-height:1.15;text-align:right} .c7{padding-top:0pt;padding-bottom:0pt;line-height:1.15;text-align:left} .c19{background-color:#ffffff;max-width:595.4pt;padding:0pt 0pt 0pt 0pt} .c9{background-color:#4a86e8}.c21{height:27.8pt}.c10{height:15.8pt} .c16{height:16.5pt}.c13{background-color:#93c47d} .title{padding-top:24pt;color:#000000;font-weight:700;font-size:36pt;padding-bottom:6pt;font-family:"Arial 55";line-height:1.0416666666666667;page-break-after:avoid;orphans:2;widows:2;text-align:left} .subtitle{padding-top:18pt;color:#666666;font-size:24pt;padding-bottom:4pt;font-family:"Georgia";line-height:1.0416666666666667;page-break-after:avoid;font-style:italic;orphans:2;widows:2;text-align:left} li{color:#000000;font-size:12pt;font-family:"Arial";text-align:left} p{margin:0;color:#000000;font-size:12pt;font-family:"Arial";text-align:left}

Brickyard

1796

1797

1798

1799

1800

1801

1802

1803

1804

1805

1806

1807

1808

1809

Total

1.Melksham

535,000

179,000

694,750

2.Queenfield & 3.Lacock

523,000

159,750

702,000

4.Pewsham

836,020

235,000

180,250

1,251,270

5.Stanley

656,000

206,000

862,000

6.Cunnegar/ Conigre Farm

380,000

384,000

764,000

7.Foxham

111,000

315,750

556,000

682,400

1,665,150

8.Dauntsey Park

167,200

25,000

30,000

222,200

9.Trow Lane

731,734

741,257

280,000

1,752,991

10.Chippenham

288,050

288,050

11.Dunnington

1,172,750

405,860

23,000

1,601,610

12.Marston

809,151

763,743

1,572,894

13.Longcot

389,077

927,148

1,165,004

2,198,741

1,309,095

5,989,065

Total

2,550,020

1,270,750

1,047,200

581,000

1,444,134

741,257

1,740,800

405,860

832,151

1,152,820

927,148

1,165,004

2,198,741

1,309,095

17,365,980

Contractor

1796

1797

1798

1799

1800

1801

1802

1803

1804

1805

1806

1807

1808

1809

Total

Edwards, Burrows and Foster

1,492,020

1,492,020

John Ching and James Heath

1,058,000

338,750

1,396,750

James Heath

932,000

1,047,200

1,979,200

Samuel Downs

581,000

712,400

1,293,400

McIlquham & Brown

731,734

741,257

1,472,991

Henry Guy

288,050

288,050

James Dobson

1,452,750

405,860

832,151

1,152,820

927,148

1,165,004

2,198,741

1,309,095

9,443,569

Total

2,550,020

1,270,750

1,047,200

581,000

1,444,134

741,257

1,740,800

405,860

832,151

1,152,820

927,148

1,165,004

2,198,741

1,309,095

17,365,980

Source: Wiltshire & Swindon History Centre Ledger A 2424/27 & Ledger B 2424/28 Newspaper Snippets