|Swindon is a large town within the Borough of Swindon and ceremonial county of Wiltshire, in South West England. It is situated midway between Bristol, 40 miles (64 km) west and Reading, 40 miles (64 km) east. London is 81 miles (130 km) to the east. In the 2001 census, the population of the Swindon urban area was 155,432, while the wider borough of Swindon had a population of 184,000, which includes the small towns of Highworth and Wroughton.|
Swindon was named an Expanded Town under the Town Development Act 1952 and this led to a major increase in its population.
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