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Swindon design agency adds to its collection of railway-inspired 'hidden gems' posters

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A Swindon-based creative agency has expanded its evocative collection of posters celebrating its hometown.

The prints – reminiscent of the posters designed by railway companies in the 1930s to promote holiday destinations – are the brainchild of Nathan Sandhu, founder and creative director of Jazzbones in Swindon's Old Town.

Three years ago Nathan created a set of six posters featuring Swindon landmarks Coate Water Country Park, the David Murray John Building, the Renault Building, Lydiard Park House and Grounds, The Locarno, and The Oasis Leisure Centre.

Now four more scenes have been added to the 'hidden gems' collection: Liddington Hill, Old Town Gardens, Peatmoor Lake, and Silbury Hill.

Liddington Hill, which overlooks the town, is the site of an iron age fort and was a haunt of one of Swindon's favourite sons, the nature writer Richard Jefferies. The poster shows a modern GWR train speeding towards the town from London, with Liddington Hill in the background.

Old Town Gardens is an oasis created in the late 1800s as the railway town grew. A Grade II listed cast-iron octagonal bandstand with square clock tower forms the focal point of the gardens, and also the poster.

Peatmoor Lake is another oasis, around which 20th century housing estates and business parks sprang up. The lake is overlooked by a Chinese restaurant built in a pagoda style. The pagoda and its reflection in the water, with the setting sun behind, are captured in the poster.

Silbury Hill is part of the World Heritage Site at Avebury, just ten miles south of the town. The picture shows two neolithic standing stones surrounded by mist in the foreground, with mysterious Silbury Hill – largest artificial mound in Europe, and built 4,400 years ago for reasons no-one has yet determined – in the distance.

Nathan, who was born and raised in Swindon said: "We hope you like the first designs in our Swindon vintage travel range and that they inspire you to learn more about our fantastic town and its hidden gems."

High-quality art prints of all the posters are available to buy in a variety of sizes, from 8x10 inches at £20 to 28x38 inches at £57 from https://society6.com/s?q=jazzbones&context=jazzbones

Find our more about the project at www.jazzbones.co.uk/journal/visit-swindon-vintage-travel-inspired-poster-series.aspx