Discount Hotels Swindon
Historical interest: Swindon
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.
For centuries Swindon was just a small and quiet market town. The Wiltshire
and Berkshire canal was built in 1810 and was followed by the North Wiltshire
canal in 1819 both of which brought more trade to the area.
The Great Western Railway reached Swindon in 1840, transforming Swindon from
a small and sleepy market town into the largest town in Wiltshire. In 1840 the
village was selected as a suitable location for an engine building and maintenance
works. In 1841 an iron rolling mill was built and Welsh iron workers were moved
in to work in it.
In the last years of the 19th century Swindon continued to grow rapidly, fuelled
mainly by the railway industry, but also by quarrying and mining.
After World War II many new housing complexes were built in Swindon, and the
town has reinvented itself as one of the most popular tourist destinations in
the area. STEAM, the Great Western Railway museum, opened in 2000.
Swindon is now one of the fastest growing towns in Europe.
Selection of hotels in this region:
Village Hotel & Leisure Club
De Vere Swindon
Goddard Arms Hotel
Swindon Marriott Hotel
Holiday Inn Swindon
Express by Holiday Inn Swindon West
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