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MECHANICS INSTITUTE FORMED BY THE GWR WORKERS> Paid for via subscription by the Great Western Railway workers based at Swindon Railway Works, the building was designed and constructed by Edward Roberts and completed in 1855. It contained the UK’s first lending library and provided health services to workers. It was enlarged in 1892-93 by Brightwen Binyon, after which the committee opened up its health services to other local workers. Nye Bevan, mastermind of the NHS later said:

“ There was a complete health service in Swindon. All we had to do was expand it to the country. ”


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