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Borough of Swindon

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Sovereign state  United Kingdom
Region  South West England
Admin HQ  Swindon
Area  230.1 km²
Constituent country  England
Status  Unitary authority
Area rank  158th (of 326)
Ceremonial county  Wiltshire
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Colleges and Universities  New College, Swindon, Swindon College
Points of interest  Museum of the Great Western, Coate Water Country P, Lydiard Park, Swindon Museum, Museum of Computing
Clubs and Teams  Swindon Town FC, Swindon Wildcats NIHL, Swindon Wildcats

The Borough of Swindon is a local government authority in South West England. It is centred on the town of Swindon and forms part of the ceremonial county of Wiltshire. It was formed in 1974 as the Thamesdown district of Wiltshire, from former areas of the municipal borough of Swindon (created 1900) and Highworth Rural District (created 1894).


Map of Swindon, UK

On 1 April 1997 it was made administratively independent of Wiltshire County Council (with its council becoming a unitary authority). It adopted the name Swindon on 24 April 1997. The former Thamesdown name and logo are used by the main local bus operator, Thamesdown Transport Limited.


The borough of Swindon occupies an area forming the north east corner of Wiltshire and is bordered by two other counties, Gloucestershire (to the north) and Oxfordshire (to the east). Also, West Berkshire is only a short distance from the borough’s south eastern tip. The generally hilly landscape is sculpted by the upper Thames guiding the northern border, small tributaries draining into the Thames, and the Marlborough Downs (/ˈmɔːlbrə/) rising toward the south.

Area covered

The borough encompasses the Swindon urban area and surrounding countryside to the north, east and south, including the town of Highworth. It comprises the former Swindon Municipal Borough and 16 civil parishes:

  • Bishopstone (with Hinton Parva)
  • Blunsdon St Andrew (with Broad Blunsdon)
  • Castle Eaton
  • Chiseldon
  • Covingham
  • Hannington
  • Haydon Wick
  • Highworth (town and surrounding district)
  • Inglesham
  • Liddington
  • Nythe
  • South Marston
  • Stanton Fitzwarren
  • Stratton St Margaret
  • Wanborough
  • Wroughton (rɔːtən/ as in wrought iron)
  • Economy

    This is a chart of trend of regional gross value added of Swindon at current basic prices published (pp. 240–253) by Office for National Statistics with figures in millions of British Pounds Sterling.

    ^ includes hunting and forestry

    ^ includes energy and construction

    ^ includes Financial Intermediation Services Indirectly Measured

    ^ Components may not sum to totals due to rounding

    Swindon Borough Council

    The council follows a leader and cabinet model and has 57 elected members. Elections are held in three out of every four years, with one third of the seats being elected at each election. From the first election in 1996 to the 2000 election, Labour had a majority on the council. Following a period where no party had a majority the Conservatives gained a majority at the 2003 election and have held control since then. As of the 2016 local elections, the council is composed of the following councillors:-


    The following are the electoral wards within the Borough as at 2016.

  • Blunsdon & Highworth [3 Conservative Cllrs]
  • Central [3 Labour Cllrs]
  • Chiseldon & Lawn [2 Conservative Cllrs]
  • Covingham and Dorcan [3 Conservative Cllrs]
  • Eastcott [2 Lib Dem & 1 Labour Cllr]
  • Gorse Hill and Pinehurst [3 Labour Cllrs]
  • Haydon Wick [3 Conservative Cllrs]
  • Liden, Eldene & Park South [3 Labour Cllrs]
  • Lydiard & Freshbrook [2 Conservative Cllrs & 1 Labour Councillor]
  • Mannington & Western [3 Labour Cllrs]
  • Old Town [1 Conservative & 2 Labour Cllrs]
  • Penhill & Upper Stratton [3 Labour Cllrs]
  • Priory Vale [3 Conservative Cllrs]
  • Ridgeway [1 Conservative Cllr]
  • Rodbourne Cheney [3 Labour Cllrs]
  • Shaw [3 Conservative Cllrs]
  • St Andrews [3 Conservative Cllrs]
  • St Margaret & South Marston [3 Conservative Cllrs]
  • Walcot & Park North [3 Labour Cllrs]
  • Wroughton and Wichelstowe [3 Conservative Cllrs]
  • References

    Borough of Swindon Wikipedia

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