Place:Swindon District, Wiltshire, England

NameSwindon District
TypeUnitary authority
Coordinates51.563°N 1.763°W
Located inWiltshire, England     (1997 - )
See alsoSwindon, Wiltshire, Englandmunicipal borough forming part of the unitary authority
Highworth Rural, Wiltshire, Englandrural district forming part of the unitary authority
Thamesdown District, Wiltshire, Englandlocal municipaliity covering the area 1974-1997
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The Borough of Swindon is a local government authority in southwest 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).

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 borough of Swindon occupies an area forming the northeast corner of Wiltshire and is bordered by two other counties, Gloucestershire (to the north) and Oxfordshire (to the east). This part of Oxfordshire was transferred from Berkshire in 1974. The generally hilly landscape is sculpted by the upper Thames guiding the northern border, small tributaries draining into the Thames, and the Marlborough Downs rising toward the south.

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 a further 18 civil parishes. (Some of the following places have adopted their current names since 1900.)

Research Tips

  • From this Ancestry page you can browse the Wiltshire parishes which have parish register transcripts online, quite often from very early dates. However, reading the early ones requires skill and patience. Transcriptions should also be in FamilySearch.
  • A further collection of online source references will be found on the county page for Wiltshire.
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