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Secret Swindon

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Author: Angela Atkinson

The sprawling urban conurbation that is Swindon began life as an Anglo-Saxon defensible settlement atop a limestone hill. Old Swindon would likely have remained a sleepy market town were it not for the Industrial Revolution. The subsequent acceleration in Swindon’s growth began with the construction of the Wilts & Berks Canal in 1810, though the real transformative factor came between 1841 and 1842 with the historic decision by Isambard Kingdom Brunel and Daniel Gooch to establish their Great Western Railway works in Swindon, leading to the birth of a new town: New Swindon.

Today’s Swindon is a surprising, multilayered, creative hotspot that is home to artists and writers of every genre and calibre. In Secret Swindon, author Angela Atkinson explores some of the lesser-known episodes and characters in the history of this Wiltshire town, bringing to life tales of those who have lived in it and the places they inhabited.

Book ISBN 9781445683386

Book Format Paperback

pages 96 pages

Publication Date 15 Jul 2018

Height 234

Width 165

Illustrations 100


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Excellent Review by Richard
This is a great book for anyone connected with or interested in Swindon. I love the way the author helps to dispel the many misconceptions about Swindon. Thoroughly recommend it. (Posted on 23/07/2018)

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