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27 Facts About Swindon
Anglo-Saxon settlement of Swindon sat in a defensible position atop a limestone hill.
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Swindon was a small market town, mainly for barter trade, until roughly 1848.
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Between 1841 and 1842, Isambard Kingdom Brunel's Swindon Works was built for the repair and maintenance of locomotives on the Great Western Railway .
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In 1900, the original market town, Old Swindon, merged with its new neighbour at the bottom of the hill to become a single town.
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In October 2008 Swindon Council made a controversial move to ban fixed point speed cameras.
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In 2002 the New Swindon Company was formed with the remit of regenerating the town centre, to improve Swindon's regional status.
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Swindon is represented in the national parliament by two MPs.
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Swindon is within a landlocked county and is a considerable distance from any coastline.
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The area that was known as New Swindon is made up of mostly Kimmeridge clay with outcrops of Corrallian clay in the areas of Penhill and Pinehurst.
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Swindon has an oceanic climate, like the vast majority of the British Isles, with cool winters and warm summers.
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Swindon is one of the most ethnically diverse towns in South West England: 4.
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Until 1845, the only church in Swindon was the Holy Rood Church, a Grade II listed building.
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Swindon is one of the locations for an innovative scheme called Car share.
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Swindon has many online media outlets with the largest being the Swindon Advertiser.
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Swindon is the setting for the Thursday Next series of novels by Jasper Fforde and The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time by Mark Haddon.
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Borough of Swindon has many primary schools, 12 secondary schools, and two purpose-built sixth-form colleges.
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Swindon College is one of the largest FE-HE colleges in southwestern England, situated at a purpose-built campus in North Star, Swindon.
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Swindon has a foundation learning programme called Include, which is situated in the Gorse Hill area.
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Swindon is the UK's largest centre of population without its own university .
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Swindon Robins is a speedway team competing in the top national division, the SGB Premiership, where they were champions in the 2017 season.
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