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Swindon

UK Place
Demography
Population155432
Administration
Unitary authoritySwindon
Ceremonial countyWiltshire
RegionSouth West England
CountryEngland
Other Information
Post townSWINDON
Postcode districtSN1-6, SN25, SN26 SN
Dialling code01793
UK ParliamentNorth Swindon
South Swindon

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Swindon ( ) is a large town within the borough of Swindon and ceremonial county of Wiltshire, in South West England. It is midway between Bristol, 40 mi (64.4 km) west and Reading, 40 mi (64.4 km) east. London is 81 mi (130.4 km) east. In the 2001 census, the population of the Swindon urban area was 155,432, while the wider borough of Swindon had a population of 184,000.

Swindon was named an Expanded Town under the Town Development Act 1952 and this led to a major increase in its population. Swindon railway station is on the line from London Paddington to Bristol. Swindon Borough Council, is a unitary authority independent of Wiltshire Council since 1997. Residents of Swindon are known as Swindonians. Swindon is home to the Bodleian Library's book depository, which contains 153 mi (246.2 km) of bookshelves.


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