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Swindon’s origins date back to an Anglo-Saxon settlement of a small market town, surviving largely on barter trade up until around 1848. This original settlement is known today as Old Town and sits proudly atop a hill of Purbeck and Portland stone, which was quarried from Roman times right up until the 1950s. Swindon has grown somewhat from its original anglo-saxon roots; with a population of 215,800 recorded in 2014, it’s the largest town in Wiltshire. Swindon continues to grow and prosper and its estimated the population will have risen to 250,000 by 2026.
The initial and sudden, speedy growth of Swindon, as with so many British towns, was due to the Industrial Revolution. The building of the Wilts and Berks Canal in 1810 and the North Wilts canal in 1819 opened up routes which saw trade flourish in the once small settlement. With this flourish of trade, naturally came a flourish of people who took root in the town and the population of Swindon began to boom.
It was the arrival of the railways, however, in the first half of the 19th century and specifically the establishment of the railway works in Swindon in 1841 that was to change the face of this quiet, little Wiltshire town forever. Indeed, the onset of the railways saw rise to phenomenal change across the whole of the British Isles. This can be seen most significantly in Swindon as the face and make-up of this once quiet bartering town was shaped by the railway works and it was this that saw the start of the Swindon we now see sprawling out into the surrounding countryside today.
Swindon is a popular place to live for a multitude of reasons and with the Britannia Quickmove office based just over 16 miles away in neighbouring Calne, our professional and adept team are the perfect local choice to organise your move to this thriving town.
Moving to Swindon
You’re spoilt for choice when it comes to finding a new home in Swindon. The housing market is healthy and property prices on a steady increase. Property in Swindon sold at an average of £253,493 in January 2018. This sees an increase of 0.23% over the past three months (since October 2017) and a healthy rise of 2.25% over the past year. Terraced properties feature high on the list of houses sold in Swindon over the last year, coming in at an average of £200,151. Flats sold for an average of £152,605; semi-detached properties sold for an average of £237,396; while detached properties averaged at £327,898.
Over the last year house prices in Swindon have risen by 6% compared to the previous year and are selling for an average of 30% more when compared to sold prices in 2014 which averaged at £171,577.
Whichever property in Swindon you settle on and decide to make your home, Britannia Quickmove can help with the logistics of getting you moved in every step of the way.
Swindon is perfectly situated in terms of accessibility, being located between the city of Bristol, which is 35 miles to the west and Reading, 35 miles to the east. Swindon is also deceivingly close to the cities of London and Cardiff, both only 78 miles away.
The bustling town of Swindon lies nestled amongst the resplendent rolling chalk hills of the Wiltshire Downs to the south and east, offering plenty of walking and running routes and the opportunity right on your doorstep to get out and enjoy nature and the countryside.
Swindon is blessed with an abundance of local places of interest to visit. Silbury Hill; Stonehenge; Avebury; Uffington White Horse; Barbury Castle; Crofton Pumping Station; and Lydiard Country Park are all within easy driving distance, providing a wealth of historical, cultural and social interest as well as phenomenally picturesque landscape.
Swindon Transport Links
Swindon is well served in terms of transport links and travel options. It has long since been a place connected with travel; with its long-standing railway and canal links as well as its placement on the junction of two Roman roads; and the historical path of the ancient Ridgeway makes its way through the south of the town.
By air: The nearest airport to the town is Bristol Airport which is 42 miles/68 km by car via the M4. London Heathrow airport is only 57 miles/92 km away and Southampton Airport a mere 46 miles from Swindon.
By car: Swindon is well placed for car drivers and easy to reach having two junctions (15 and 16) on the M4 motorway, effortlessly linking the town to London and South Wales. Central London is 1.5 hours away by car. Oxford is a mere 50 minute car drive from Swindon and you can reach Bristol, Bath and Reading in 55 minutes. There are also numerous A roads connecting Swindon in every direction, such as the A346/A338 opening up access to Southampton, Bournemouth and the South Coast. The A420 links to the A34/M40 enabling access to the Midlands/ North of England.
Swindon’s transport links by car can’t be covered without mentioning its reputation for having one of the most complex rotary systems in the world, rather fondly known as the Magic Roundabout. It consists of five smaller roundabouts which route traffic clockwise, while cars travel counterclockwise around the inner circle.
Public Transport: Swindon railway station is located on the main line from London Paddington to Bristol, so trains are frequent and fast, meaning you can be sightseeing in the capital city or blending in on the streets of Bristol in no time at all. Swindon is a major transport hub for trains to London, Wales and the southwest, linking the town to some fantastic places to visit with the opportunity for exciting days out and weekends away.
Swindon bus operators are Thamesdown and Stagecoach and Swindon council offer a range of local services linking the rural communities. A National Express Service seamlessly links Swindon to London, Oxford, Bristol and Cardiff, for instance, if travelling by train isn’t your style.
By Bicycle: Swindon has an envious network of cycle paths and two cycle parks in the town centre providing secure, undercover parking for over 160 bikes.
Swindon is a thriving town in terms of economy, with a diverse range of businesses, many multinational, operating from the town. Swindon is currently home to the UK Space Agency headquarters; Zurich Financial Services UK Headquarters; National Trust Head Office; Honda UK Manufacturing Plant; MINI Plant Swindon; Nationwide Building Society UK Headquarters; Intel European head office; Dolby Labs; and W H Smith’s distribution centre and headquarters, to name a few.
Swindon has an impressively high employment rate and its ratio of business to private sector jobs, as well as the broad base of business and continuing investment in the private sphere sets Swindon apart as one of the top places in the UK in terms of business, productivity and employment opportunities. Swindon has been specifically recognised for high growth businesses within the sectors of advanced manufacturing, construction, professional and financial services, ICT and research.
Things to do in Swindon
There is so much to see and do in Swindon, you really will be spoilt for choice. There is, as the saying goes, something for everyone. Be it sports and physical fitness; comedy and Live music; films and retail therapy; or the arts and architecture; Swindon really does have it all.
Swindon has a wealth of interesting places to visit, including several Sites of Special Scientific Interest, such as Old Town Railway Cutting; Okus Quarry; Coate Water, Haydon Meadow; and Great Quarry and the STEAM Museum is an absolute must.
If shopping’s your thing, Swindon won’t leave your disappointed. You can amble amongst the quaint and sleepy courtyards, independent and traditional shops and pubs of the Old Town or make the most of the bustling, varied and excellent, modern shopping facilities available in the new town centre, including the Brunel Centre and the Parade; and there’s also the Swindon Tented Market and the popular McArthurGlen Designer Outlet, the biggest covered designer outlet centre in Europe, built on the disused Swindon railway engine works. Retail parks in the area include West Swindon Shopping Centre; Mannington; Bridgemead; Greenbridge; and Orbital Shopping Park. Regent Circus opened in 2015 and is home to a Morrison’s superstore, as well as a variety of restaurants and a Cineworld cinema.
For art and architecture lovers, Swindon is a real treat. Swindon has an amazing art collection in its Museum and Art gallery, with the coveted reputation of being one of the best 20th Century British art collections outside London. Swindon is abundant with lots of fantastic public art, such as The Blondinis and the West Swindon Sculpture trail. Swindon houses some fascinating and famous buildings, including the David Murray John tower; the Link centre; and the Spectrum or Renault building. The Spectrum building was designed by respected architect Norman Foster and has received listed building status and features in the James Bond film, a View to a Kill.
Literature lovers are well catered for with the annual Swindon Festival of Literature which takes place over two weeks in May.
Swindon is home to an array of Live music venues, such as Baila Coffee & Vinyl, The Castle, The Beehive, Level III and The Victoria, which host local acts as well as touring national acts. All of the venues get together to put on the annual music festival, the Swindon Shuffle, which is just one of the music festivals hosted in this lively town.
Entertainment is something Swindon can be proud of. Whatever your tastes, there will be something sure to entertain you. The old town is home to The Arts Centre, a 200 capacity theatre which hosts professional and amateur theatre, music, films, comedy, children’s events, and one-man shows, to name a few. There’s also the Wyvern Theatre which holds a range of events including comedy, film and music. The Oasis Leisure Centre and the County Ground hold a variety of ‘big name’ events and the former bingo hall, MECA, is a 2,000-capacity music venue; so music lovers in Swindon are never left out in the cold.
Although bustling with buildings, Swindon has a number of green spaces where you can get away from it all for a while and enjoy a walk in nature. Public parks include Queens Park; Coate Water; Town Gardens; Lydiard Country Park; Barbury Castle; The Lawns; Stanton Park; and Pembroke Gardens. Swindon is also blessed with Shaw Forest Park, in the West of the town. Created on a former landfill site, the park now stands bountiful with beautiful meadows, woodlands and other vital habitats and is a haven for bird watchers and wildlife lovers alike.
Removal Services in Swindon
Swindon as a place to settle and make a home, is an attractive and popular option for many reasons, with a range of housing choices to suit a variety of tastes and budgets.
Once you’ve found the perfect place, turn to us to help make moving into your new home an easily achievable reality. Britannia Quickmove is well established and experts in our field. We are a professional team providing a long-standing, excellent and trusted removals service in Swindon and the surrounding area.
If you’re moving to Swindon from another area, or live in Swindon at the moment and have decided to start a new life elsewhere; you can rely on us to facilitate the whole process of relocating you to your new home with care. You can trust the experienced and reliable Britannia Quickmove team to take care of every part of your move; communicating and keeping you in the loop at all times. We take pride in making sure the whole process of relocating is smooth and stress-free.