In the 1970s boundary changes extended the Swindon western limits to include the surrounding farmland up as far as Lydiard Park and the villages of Shaw and Nine Elms. Factories, schools, shopping centres and thousands of homes were planned for this rural backwater.
Shaw resident Mr Bill Selby 75, whose family history in the village stretched back 300 years, was pictured leaning on the village sign.
"I think I shall buy a caravan and move away," he told the local press. "All the green fields which have been here for hundreds of years will soon be gone."
Ancient field names such as Middleleaze and Ramleaze were adopted for the new streets and Shaw received a brand new village centre with a church, a supermarket, chemist and pub - The Village Inn. Brook Farmhouse morphed into a pub and restaurant while three acres of Lower Shaw Farm survived and today is a centre for weekend breaks, events and courses for adults and families.
So does anything remain of the rural landscape Bill Selby knew and loved? No, you might say, ah - but are you really looking?
On the right George Tweed Gardens, a sheltered housing complex.
Holy Trinity Church hall and the Village Inn
Shaw Village Centre
Shaw Ridge surgery
Primitive Methodist Chapel, Old Shaw Lane
Local children call this area Salt Way Hills named after the primary school that closed in 2006 - more likely artificial mound disguising building waste
Looking towards Rye Close
Looking towards Yeoman Close
Bus stop on Middleleaze Drive
Where Roughmoor Way bisects Old Shaw Lane