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Today the nearest railway station is Burton-on-Trent, about 4 miles (6.4 km) away. The Leicester to Burton upon Trent Line remains open for goods traffic and in the 1990s there was a plan to restart the passenger service as the second phase of Leicestershire's Ivanhoe Line. However, the plan was discontinued after the privatisation of British Rail and has not been revived.
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In 1804 the Ashby Canal was opened. Its northern terminus was at Moira, Leicestershire and it built tramways to carry coal and ceramics from Swadlincote and elsewhere to the canal for shipment.
Swadlincote Tourist Information Centre Sharpe's Pottery Museum West Street Swadlincote Derbyshire DE11 9DG
Schools in Swadlincote include Granville Community School at Woodville, William Allitt School at Newhall, Pennine Way Junior School in Church Gresley, Belmont and Springfield Junior Schools and The Pingle School on Coronation Street; which with 1,500 pupils is Swadlincote's largest secondary school.
The creation of the Swadlincote Woodlands Forest Park has introduced a recreational area with forest trails and more than 22,000 trees. it is also the proposed site for the Pipeworks arts and media project. a registered charity based community theatre and media production facility.
Barracuda Group opened a bar and restaurant at the former Empire Cinema site in April 2007. It is one of the chain's "Smith & Jones" branded pubs and is named 'The Paramount' after Paramount Cars, a bespoke car manufacturer that was based in the town in the 1950s. The pub closed in June 2013.
One example of the dialect is the pronunciation of the word "tree", which is pronounced as "tray", and "tray" – which is pronounced as "Tree". "Saturday" is "Satdee", "Tuesday" is "Toozdee" and "three" is "threy". "Mardy" means soft or crybaby and "jitty" is a passage or alley. "Ah" is "yes" and "can't/wouldn't/shan't" are "canna/wunna/shunna". "Something" is "summat".
Plans were announced in 2008 for the development of a retail complex consisting of a cinema, DIY store and a nationally recognised clothing store. A link road called Sir Herbert Wragg Way has been built, named after the area's mid-20th century Member of Parliament and pipe yard owner.
The Domesday Book of 1086 recorded Swadlincote as a small manor. It was part of the parish of Gresley (latterly Church Gresley) until the 19th century.
Emmanuel Church of England parish church is a Gothic Revival building consecrated in 1846. It was designed by H. I. Stevens and completed in 1848. Swadlincote had a Wesleyan chapel by 1848. Today the town has also the Roman Catholic church of Saints Peter and Paul.
A 24-hour touch screen information point is available to provide information when the TIC is closed.
Recently, people have been moving to the town from southern Staffordshire, e.g., Tamworth, Rugeley and Lichfield, who use Swadlincote as a dormitory site, working elsewhere. This dialect can be heard alongside the traditional one.
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Swadlincote forms part of the South Derbyshire Westminster parliamentary constituency. Between 1997 and 2010 its MP was Mark Todd (Labour). In the 2010 General Election, the seat was won by the Conservative Party candidate Heather Wheeler, a former leader of the Conservative group on the South Derbyshire District Council. A notable previous MP is Edwina Currie (Conservative). Until 1983 the area was part of the Belper constituency.
Swadlincote consists of the settlements of Swadlincote itself plus the districts of Newhall and Midway, and the contiguous suburban villages of Church Gresley and Woodville. Their combined population is about 36,000. The village of Castle Gresley is situated less than 2 miles to the southwest and the community of Albert Village lies 1.5 miles to the south, just within Leicestershire.
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Local youth organisations include No 1211 (Swadlincote) Squadron of the Air Training Corps on Eureka Park.
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Swadlincote is near the junction of the A514 (Derby to A444) and A511 (Burton-upon-Trent to Ashby-de-la-Zouch) roads.
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Swadlincote Tourist Information Centre is located in the popular Sharpe's Pottery Museum on West Street. We serve South Derbyshire and The National Forest. Here you will find all the information you need for events, places to visit, restaurants, where to stay and much more. The TIC also provides details about tourist destinations throughout Britain. A growing range of tickets is on sale for local events and transport.
The closest university is the University of Derby, 18 miles to the north, with Staffordshire University's Lichfield campus an equal distance to the southwest.
Throughout the 1950s and 1960s the town's Rink venue (now demolished and the site of industrial units) hosted to major British and American pop stars and Gene Vincent appeared in the town on 7 September 1963. Ringo Starr appeared in 1962 while he was the drummer for Rory Storm and the Hurricanes.
A range of brochures are published for visitors and are attached to this page.
We also offer blood tests and some routine nursing appointments from 7.00am each day.
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Swadlincote is served by the Arriva Midlands and Midland Classic bus companies.
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Swadlincote is a town and unparished area in South Derbyshire, approximately 5 miles (8.0 km) southeast of Burton-upon-Trent, 5 miles (8.0 km) northwest of Ashby-de-la-Zouch and about 12.5 miles (20.1 km) due south of Derby. It is the largest town in South Derbyshire and is the seat of South Derbyshire District Council.
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The Midland Railway opened its Leicester to Burton upon Trent Line through Gresley in 1845 and opened Gresley railway station to serve the area. The company later built a branch line through Swadlincote itself and neighbouring Woodville. In the 20th century passenger services were withdrawn from both lines, and British Railways closed Gresley station in 1964.
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Swadlincote comprises four of the seventeen wards of the district of South Derbyshire. Between them the four wards return 11 out of the 36 district councillors. The wards are: Church Gresley (two councillors), Newhall and Stanton (three), Midway (three) and Swadlincote (three). Of the eleven councillors elected in 2007, ten are members of the Labour Party, and one is a Conservative.
A range of souvenirs are available including South Derbyshire tea towels and aprons, Ordnance Survey maps, local interest and history books and locally produced crafts. We also have a range of self-guided walks publications including:
Swadlincote is also on National Cycle Network Route 63. Although currently under development, the route is signed from Civic Way through to Church Gresley via Maurice Lea Park with onward links to the heart of the National Forest.