Swindon is a large town in the county of Wiltshire, south-west England. In 2008 it was named as one of Britain's 20 best places to buy a property.
Originating from a Saxon settlement, Swindon's first substantial period of growth was brought about by the Industrial Revolution, with the creation of the Wilts and Berks Canal, the North Wilts canal and Swindon Junction railway station.
A small market town until the mid-19th century, Swindon was transformed into a railway town following construction of the railway works for the Great Western Railway in 1841.
The original market area remains on top of the hill in Swindon's Old Town, and the Steam Railway Museum now occupies one of the railway works' original buildings.
Swindon is also home to the headquarters of several large businesses such as W H Smith, Nationwide Building Society and nPower, and the town's average household income is among the highest in the country.
Read more about Swindon in the About Swindon section.