27 Facts About Swindon


Swindon is a town and unitary authority with borough status in Wiltshire, England.

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Anglo-Saxon settlement of Swindon sat in a defensible position atop a limestone hill.

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Swindon is recorded in the Domesday Book as a manor in the hundred of Blagrove, Wiltshire.

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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 a town in northeast Wiltshire, 35 miles west-northwest of Reading and the same distance east-northeast of Bristol 'as the crow flies'.

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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 has the head office of the National Trust and the head office of the UK Space Agency.

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Previously Swindon was a centre of excellence for 3G and 4G mobile telecommunications research and development for Motorola, Alcatel, Lucent Technologies, Nokia Siemens Networks and Cisco.

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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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Swindon area is in the overlap between two transmission regions, the Thames Valley and the West of England.

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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 has two rugby union teams, Swindon Rugby Football Club and Supermarine Rugby Football Club.

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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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