Swadlincote

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Coordinates: 52°46′26″N 1°33′25″W / 52.774°N 1.557°W / 52.774; -1.557

Swadlincote
Ski Slope in swadlicote.jpg
The Ski Slope
Swadlincote is located in Derbyshire
Swadlincote
 Swadlincote shown within Derbyshire
Population 36,000 (2004 est.)
OS grid reference SK298197
District South Derbyshire
Shire county Derbyshire
Region East Midlands
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town SWADLINCOTE
Postcode district DE11
Dialling code 01283
Police Derbyshire
Fire Derbyshire
Ambulance East Midlands
EU Parliament East Midlands
UK Parliament South Derbyshire
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Swadlincote is a town in South Derbyshire, England. The town is 13 miles south of Derby. The local council meet in this town. People from Swadlincote often shorten its name to simply 'Swad'.

The population of Swadlincote is 33,000.[1]

It is made up of the settlements of Swadlincote, Church Gresley, Midway and Newhall.

History[change | change source]

Swadlincote was in the Domesday Book in 1086.

Swadlincote's coal and clay works continued to expand until the Second World War.[2]

Swadlincote was the centre of the South Derbyshire coalfield but mining stopped in the 1990s.

The town's first local government was a board of health in 1871.[3]

Since 1997, Swadlincote's Member of Parliament has been Mark Todd.

Economy[change | change source]

Swadlincote's centre contains Boots, Somerfield and smaller shops. A large Morrisons store has been blamed for closing some small shops.[4].

Plans exist for a cinema, a DIY and a clothing store.[5]

Transport[change | change source]

Swadlincote lies near the junction of the A514 and the A511 road (Burton upon Trent to Ashby-de-la-Zouch) roads. The nearest railway station is Burton upon Trent which is five miles away.

Sports and attractions[change | change source]

Swadlincote has local parks and a large dry ski slope.

Notable residents[change | change source]

  • Jack Bodell, boxer, was born here.[6]
  • John Hurt, lived near as a boy.

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