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All the descriptions there have been of Swindon in Wiltshire have summoned up a rather dreary picture. It is officially home to Mr and Mrs Average, with their 2.4 children, their 1.5 cars and median salaries. They live in an average home, surrounded by average shops and facilities and lead distinctly average lives, according to ONS figures. There is pebbledash, I hear. And other such uninspiring stuff.
However where else can you commute to London in less than an hour, yet still live in beautiful Wiltshire?
The town, derided for its industrial-looking façade, is perhaps an ideal place to be. There’s a reason The Averages settle there.
There is much to be prized in an area where social care services for adults are “good”, with a “promising” capacity to improve. The council performs “well” in its use of resources. Vulnerable people receive “substantially” improved services, its housing and benefit services are “performing strongly”, and it has “effective partnership working”. Services for children and young people are “adequate”. That’s a pretty good start, isn’t it?
After all, over 180,000 people can’t be wrong. So what draws people in past the famous ‘Magic Roundabout’?
In the 1840s, Swindon was transformed from a small agricultural town to a large industrial one. This happened at a rapid (almost brutal) pace. Several waves of influxes of workers from Wales, the Midlands and elsewhere brought with them subtle religious and cultural variations.
Indeed, this is one of the richest multicultural towns in the UK. Here you are likely to benefit from a textured existence, where beautiful foods from all over the word meet arts and heritage.
Still, you will always hear the detractors cry: “It’s ugly! It’s post-modern!”
But if you scratch the surface it may surprise you to find a very accepting, blended community with some sterling facilities.
A £10m library has recently opened in the town centre, and a planned £215m regeneration scheme will create more shops, homes and parking. As part of the government’s housing strategy, the borough has to build 34,200 new homes by 2026, of which up to 35% must be “affordable”. Design guru Kevin McCloud has chosen the town for a proposed eco homes development (not one of the government’s planned eco-towns).
In 2001 construction began on Priory Vale, the third and final instalment in Swindon’s ‘Northern Expansion’ project, which began with Abbey Meads and continued at St Andrew’s Ridge. In 2002 the New Swindon Company was formed with the remit of regenerating the town centre, to improve Swindon’s regional status. The main areas targeted were Union Square, The Promenade, The Hub, Swindon Central, North Star Village, The Campus, and the Public Realm.
Swindon is also home to Swindon is home to the Bodleian Library’s book depository, the English Heritage National Monument Record Centre, the headquarters of the National Trust, on the site of the former Great Western Railway works, and the Nationwide Building Society. The town is currently the location of the UK Space Agency headquarters.
Swindon was a small market town, mainly for barter trade, until 1848. This original market area is on top of the hill in central Swindon, now known as Old Town.
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.
The town boasts 20 primary, 14 secondary schools of which six are academes, five colleges and of course the renowned Oxford Brookes University. and three excellent universities
The town offers excellent shopping facilities including the Designer Outlet shopping park which is hugely popular with fashion fans looking for bargains.
Swindon really has something for everyone. It’s far from average!
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We provide removal and relocation services to all areas within Swindon, including:
Blunsdon St Andrew, Haydon Wick, Stratton, Stratton st Margarret, Pinehurst, Nine Elms, Lydiard Tregoze, Lydiard Millicent, Common Platt, South Marston, Wroughton, North Wroughton, Wanborough, Covingham, Wooton Basset, Purton and Mintey.
Swindonians have enjoyed a lively economy in recent years, not least with the Honda factory employing so many. However Honda is pulling out from 2022.
Job prospects in Swindon are pretty solid, at least on the charities front. There are 350 local, 61 national and 34 international charities in Swindon, with a combined income of £419m. Some 2,338 trustees live here.
If you work further afield Swindon occupies a fabulously central position. You can get to London in 57 minutes, Reading in 32 minutes, Bristol in 36 minutes and Cardiff in an hour and eight minutes.
But house prices are low for this area, and you can buy a four-bedroom detached property for under £200k.
The Industrial Revolution was responsible for an acceleration of Swindon’s growth. Construction of the Wilts and Berks Canal in 1810 and the North Wilts Canal in 1819 brought trade to the area, and Swindon’s population started to grow.
In February 2008 The Times named Swindon as one of “The 20 best places to buy a property in Britain”. Only Warrington had a lower ratio of house prices to household income in 2007, with the average household income in Swindon among the highest in the country.
The landscape is dominated by the chalk hills of the Wiltshire Downs to the south and east. However Swindon exists outside of this classically rural English bubble. Swindon is one of the most ethnically diverse towns in South West England: 4.6% of the population registered themselves as ‘Other White’ and 2.5% of the population was either mixed race or of another ethnicity.
After the end of World War II, Polish refugees were temporarily housed in barracks at RAF Fairford, about 25 km (16 mi) to the north. Around 1950, some settled in Scotland and others in Swindon rather than stay in the barracks or hostels they were offered.
The 2001 UK Census found that most of the Polish-born people had stayed or returned after serving with British forces during World War II. Data from that census showed that 566 Swindonians were Polish-born.
As you might expect with a population of nearly 200,000, the arts are well represented. The Swindon Festival of Literature is held over two weeks in May and yhe Swindon Mela, an all-day celebration of South Indian arts and culture in the Town Gardens, attracts up to 10,000 visitors each year.
The Children’s Fete, a town-wide event in celebration of Swindon’s children, community, culture, and heritage, is usually held the first Saturday in July in the GWR Park on Faringdon Road, with 8,000 attending in 2016.
Then there’s the Summer Breeze Festival, which has been held annually in the town since 2007 with headliners ranging from Toploader to KT Tunstall. The family-friendly music event is run by volunteers on a non-profit basis with any funds raised going to charity.
An annual Gay Pride Parade called Swindon And Wiltshire Pride is held in the town. The parade has been held in the Town Gardens since 2007. Popular Swedish DJ Basshunter performed in the 2012 celebrations which about 8,000 people attended.
There are plenty of arts venues, too. Swindon’s most recent addition is the Shoebox Theatre, a fringe theatre and producing house with a focus on contemporary performance and new work. Live music venues such as Baila Coffee & Vinyl, The Castle, The Beehive, Level III, and The Victoria attract local acts as well as touring national acts. Collectively they host an annual music festival, the Swindon Shuffle. The Oasis Leisure Centre and the County Ground are used for some major events. MECA is a 2,000-capacity music venue in the former Mecca bingo hall.
The Arts Centre is a theatre in Old Town which seats 200 and has music, professional and amateur theatre, comedians, films, children’s events, and one-man shows. And the Wyvern Theatre has film, comedy, and music.
There are also many museums and leisure attractions in the area. The Steam Museum of the Great Western Railway, Coate Water Country Park and Lydiard Park are the top three attraction in Swindon you need to visit.
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