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Things you never knew about Swindon

Enlighten your fellow members with facts about Swindon. To start us off:

More people have joined the Hare Krishna movement in Swindon than in any other English town. FACT.

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  • Smashie and Nicey radio show was broadcasted in Swindon (Fab Tower, Fab Lane.....Swindon). FACT
  • edited May 2010
    Since 2001, Swindon has outsourced 20% of it's jobs to Slough.
  • Its a sh*t town near Bristol
  • In 1994 South West Water was fined £3.5m for long term pollution of the water table.
    This pollution led to a strange phenomena in the 70's and 80's whereby a high number of females were born with particularly large mouths.
    This is evidenced by Billie Piper and Melinda Messenger
  • There is a feral flock of budgies in the main park in Swindon. They have been known to swoop down on unsuspecting members of the public and cause multiple injuries. victims have likened the attacks to resembling a "3d technicolour version of 'The Birds'"
  • There is a multi-storey car-park in Swindon where it is reputed that there are no echo's after 7pm.
  • The catering department within the club try and poison the away fans by giving them stone cold and uncooked burgers
  • 1) Swindon is midway between Bristol, 40 miles (64 km) west, and Reading, 40 miles (64 km) east. London is 81 miles (130 km) east.

    2) In the 2001 census the population of the Swindon urban area was 155,432.

    3) The original Saxon settlement of Swindon sat in a defensible position atop a limestone hill. It is referred to in the Domesday Book as Suindune, believed to be derived from the Anglo-Saxon words swine and dun meaning 'pig hill'.

    4) In 1840, Isambard Kingdom Brunel chose Swindon as the site for the railway works he planned for the Great Western Railway.

    5) Julian Clary, Diana Dors, Justin Haywood, David Hempleman-Adams, Mark Lamarr, Melinda Messenger, Desmond Morris, Gilbert O'Sullivan - (Irish born, Swindon raised), Billie Piper, Ben Thatcher and XTC all hail from Swindon
  • Home to the Museum of Gods Wonderful Railway plus Swindon began as a Saxon village. The name Swindon is derived from the Saxon words swine dun meaning pig hill or the hill where pigs were bred.
  • edited May 2010
    The name Swindon is said to derive from "Swine's Town". In bygone years, pigs were allowed to run through the streets to celebrate the coming of the 5th New Moon of the year. The words "Swine's Town" appear in a poem by Keats -

    Fill for me a brimming bowl
    And in it let me drown my soul:
    T'were pigs are running up and down
    And soon shall fill Swine's Town
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  • strange echo in here.
  • Statistically, Swindon has the county's highest density of labradors whose urine smells of bubblegum.
  • It is a government law that it is a public offence to repeat any form of conversation that involves Swindon.
  • It is a government law that it is a public offence to repeat any form of conversation that involves Swindon.


    HA HA, this government is on the ropes already. Fck you CleggCam !!
  • It is said that Jesus Christ himself used to holiday regularly in Swindon, checking into the Alexander House Hotel under the pseudonym 'Barry Scott'.


    Google it. It's all there.....
  • Libraries in Swindon check out more books on Ancient civilisations than any other town in the UK

    Swindon has the highest number of green eyed people in the UK. This is thought to be due to the large number of Irish builders who came to the town to build the railways in the 1800s. Most came from Galway where everyone has green coloured eyes.


    Nathan Prior applied to live in Swindon but was turned down as they said they already had a village idiot who didn't understand how "things you never knew about...." threads worked. ; - )

    Swindon Town Football Club is the darkest club in England. The light is so bad in Swindon, due to sun spot activity and the shadow cast by Bristol City, that Swindon were one of the first clubs to introduce floodlights. The current floodlights are so powerful they can be seen from space.
  • i actually believe some of these.
  • [cite]Posted By: NathanPrior[/cite]The catering department within the club try and poison the away fans by giving them stone cold and uncooked burgers

    To be fair, they do that to us home fans too.
  • [cite]Posted By: nolly[/cite]i actually believe some of these.

    Some of them are true.

    but which ones?
  • Another fact for you....

    Noel Gallagher named Oasis after visiting the Oasis leisure centre in the town.
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  • I was born in Swindon..................... me and Nathan need to have a chat about what is good manners ; )
  • The pig thing about the name above is clearly nonsense. The name originates from the early 18th century itinerant tarmac gangs that settled in the area. They refered to their badly paved home town as Swindle Ham. Subsequent bastardisations led to the site town becoming know as Swindlethem and eventually of course Swindon. Decendents of the original gangs still account for over 95% of the population.
  • I'm starting to understand why Millwall call you the Anoraks ;-)
  • I'm surprised no one's mentioned we're twinned with Disney World. Mickey Mouse town, don't you know.
  • Swindon is a popular centre for large businesses to base their national logistical and procurement operations. The business I work for bases ours down there and I will, coincidentally, be making a short, very low profile visit on Friday afternoon.
  • [cite]Posted By: Another STFC Bloke[/cite]I'm starting to understand why Millwall call you the Anoraks ;-)

    We take it as a compliment
  • The worlds longest corgette was grown in Swindon 18000 Cms from top to bottom and was 81 inches round
  • [cite]Posted By: Another STFC Bloke[/cite]I'm surprised no one's mentioned we're twinned with Disney World. Mickey Mouse town, don't you know.

    I think you have rather missed the point ; - )
  • edited May 2010
    According to the Concrete Society. Swindon contains 7,347,266 paving stones. According to a Personal Injury Specialist 18,924 are cracked and dangerous (and you can download maps of their location from their website www.tripandsue.co.uk)

    just a quick warning to say I have no idea if the above site exists or of the content if it does and accept no liability for offense caused, jobs lost, marriages wrecked should it be inappropriate for viewing inyour current location.
  • Swindon is famous for the world slug eating championships every year a 30 strong team from England try to beat the world record of 200 slugs in 1 hr
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