Swindon is famous for its railway heritage, but what not many realise is that what this really meant was that Swindon was full of very skilled engineers who could actually turn their hand to just about anything. Which is why, in the Great War 1814-18 precision engineering companies like Garrard moved into the town, and the railway works produced huge artillery pieces and other armaments as well as locomotives.
Second World War
In the second world war, the engineering took another turn, with the production of aircraft, including the Master, for training pilots, and the huge Stirling bomber. Towards the end of the war the town also become so expert at repairing Hurricanes, Spitfires and Seafires that it started full scale production, manufacturing Mark 21 Spitfires. After the war, the town continued to make planes, including the world-record breaking Swift, and components for all manner of craft from the earliest hovercrafts to the supersonic Concorde.