Which part of England is Swindon?
Swindon with its more than 180,000 inhabitants is located in the county of Wiltshire in the southwest of England, about 120 kilometers west of London. At the gates of the city, to the northwest, are the Cotswold Hills, where the Thames originates.
The history of the city goes back to the time of the Romans, who settled on and around a limestone rock. Later, the Saxons took over this strategically important point. In the records the place is mentioned as Suindune. It is believed that this name comes either from the Anglo-Saxon swine dune (pig hill), or from the word Sweyn’s hill (Sweyn was a local landowner).
Until the middle of the 18th century, today’s Swindon was no more than a small market town. It was only in the second half of the 19th century that the city gained international recognition in the field of locomotive production, thanks to the development of the world-famous Great Western Rail by engineer Isambard Kingdom Brunel.
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