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Swindon rockets to the top of fashion designer Wayne Hemingway's
'Crap Housing Estates' league table - and our family for one as
well as any other family living in Swindon would possibly not
disagree with him - but as he does not live in Swindon it is quite
frankly none of his business - and where does he live anyway !!??
To which James responded - Congratulation Mr Hemmingway for jumping on the band wagon. Is this the kind of inovation and free thinking that we're are to expect from all of Britain's fashion designers. I hear a lot of moaning and few clever sound bites but not a hint of what to do about it. Sounds like the final gasps of a washed up shirt maker trying to grasp some free publicity. New line of socks coming out? If you don't like then don't come here because to be honest we don't want you. It takes more than buildings to give a town its character.
It's "the arse of the world" according to Mark Haddon's best seller;
it's "the dullest town of its size in the UK" says an online guide &
to comedian Eddie Izzard it's a "knackered, kind of Fresno Town"…
BUT, surprisingly enough, it is also the town on which the European
Union Computer model is based and has been home for Linnie and I
and our extended family for over 15 years now - and perhaps why
the BBC chooses never to transmit news of Swindon, directly to any
of the more than 200,000 or more Swindon television licence payers,
and chooses only to do so to surrounding television regions.
Swindon bashing, it seems, has become a bit of a national pastime.
AS can be seen from an appraisal of the two maps above, Swindon has sat
at the heart of the history of this land we call England, since pre-historic
to ROME in the 5th century, the Roman settlements around Swindon
declined rapidly. Although Germanic settlers may have been present earlier,
the West Saxons advanced from the south coast in the 5th Century and
brought Swindon under their control after the Battle of Beranburgh,
reportedly at Barbary Castle in 556.
Claims have been made that a battle was fought at Wanborough in 717
area was still in dispute in 825 as demonstrated by the Battle of Ellandun.
Recorded in the Domesday Book as both Suindone and Suindune in 1086,
the settlement was assessed at 12¾ hides and divided into 5 holdings. The
largest holding under the ownership of Odin the Chamberlain, which was
later known as the Manor of High Swindon. 5 hides, known as the Manor
half-brother of King William the Conqueror. Other holdings recorded in
the Domesday Book are: Ulward, West Swindon (2 hides) and Alvred of
Marlborough, 1½ hides. Smaller estates at Walcot, Even Swindon and
Broome are also noted.
The 19th century saw the beginnings of Swindon's growth, firstly through
Swindon that Swindon became the place that it is today. The railway works
boosted the population considerably and provided medical and educational
facilities that had been sorely lacking. They were built in the same year as
for their first 10, 12, 14 years.
It was from these very same railway works that Britain exported steam
engines to the world, and particularly the Empire, and the reason why so
many families in Swindon today have connections with India - long before
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