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Coordinates: 53°29′16″N 1°18′54″W / 53.4877°N 1.3149°W / 53.4877; -1.3149

Swinton
Swinton is located in South Yorkshire
Swinton

 Swinton shown within South Yorkshire
Population 14,643 
OS grid reference SK454992
Metropolitan borough Rotherham
Metropolitan county South Yorkshire
Region Yorkshire and the Humber
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town MEXBOROUGH
Postcode district S64
Dialling code 01709
Police South Yorkshire
Fire South Yorkshire
Ambulance Yorkshire
EU Parliament Yorkshire and the Humber
UK Parliament Wentworth
List of places: UK • England • Yorkshire

Swinton is a small town in the Metropolitan Borough of Rotherham, in South Yorkshire, England on part of the west bank of the River Don. It has a population of 14,643.[1]

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History

The town was once a centre for the manufacture of ceramics of international importance; deep coal mining, glassmaking, canal barge-building and engineering also featured. It is best known for being the site of the Rockingham Pottery, a world-famous manufacturer of porcelain. Although the factory closed in 1842 its name is left as defining a style of rococo porcelain. There were several other potteries in the area during the 19th century. One of the original kilns, a small part of the factory, a gatehouse (both now private residences) and the pottery flint millpond can still be seen today in a small park called Pottery Ponds off Blackamoor Road near the "Woodman" public house in Swinton.

Topography

The town is located on a hillside, the higher regions generally being home to older dwellings and the lower regions the location of newer build. The lowest point of the town contains two main rail lines, the River Don, the Sheffield and South Yorkshire Navigation canal and the derelict Dearne and Dove Canal.

Economy and Transport

Following the decline of traditional industries (and notably the Miners Strike), employment is provided predominantly by service and light industry in the nearby Manvers area. Squeezed in among the rail lines and canals is the Waddington's Boat Yard, which has survived the widespread decline in local industry and still operates a limited barge repair and transport business, having also diversified into timber milling and woodworking.

The Sheffield and South Yorkshire Navigation canal, once a major transport route between Sheffield and Goole, underwent substantial modernisation in the mid 1980s and is capable of accommodating large vessels as far as Rotherham, and pleasure craft through to Sheffield. Recently, limited bulk freight has returned to the canal and can occasionally be seen passing through the modern Swinton Lock.

The town was without a railway station between January 1968, when the old station was closed as part of the Beeching cuts, and 1991, when a new, unstaffed station was opened. This followed the restoration of the dual track "Swinton Curve" (also known as the "Foundry Curve" based on past proximity to such), enabling trains to travel from Sheffield to Doncaster via Swinton. Increased passenger usage subsequently lead to the provision of a small portable building staffed for the morning peak only. This was later replaced by a brick building housing a ticket office and waiting room. Some local bus services connect with trains at this facility.

Swinton is also home to a large site owned by the Morphy Richards & Roberts Radio brands. Whilst most manufacturing has ceased, substantial warehousing remains. An American Baguel company also operates in the town in addition to Stelrad and Jacksons Building Centres.

Swinton's strong working-class traditions gave way during the mid-80s manufacturing upheaval, and the town now has marked divisions between deprived areas and newer "middle class" regions.

Education

The secondary school in Swinton is called Swinton Community School. It also has a sixth form college. The age group is 11-18. It is scheduled to be re-built on the current site. There are also several primary schools and nurseries, most notable are Swinton Fitzwilliam Primary, Queen Street J&I School and Brookfield Primary School. On the outskirts of Swinton and a short walk from Bow Broom estate is the Dearne Valley College and the now empty Humphry Davy House which was used for nursing studies by Sheffield University. Students now studying Nursing complete their studies in Sheffield at the Hallam University who decided to not use the building off Golden Smithies Lane.

Nightlife

Swintons nightlife has been locally famous for many years, with many visiting from out of town to sample the "golden mile" of pubs. In recent years. the pub trade has slowed down, but only two pubs out of 10+ have shut up shop. One of those has been demolished to make way for a block of flats. The town's pubs range from the typical Yorkshire pub, country-style pub serving food, modern bars and club feel. Current pubs/bars include:

  • The Woodman - traditional pub
  • The High House - typical Yorkshire pub
  • The King's Head - country-style pub serving food
  • Gate Inn - modern gastro-pub chain serving food
  • Ring O Bells - country-style pub
  • Robin Hood - typical Yorkshire pub
  • The Butchers - typical Yorkshire pub
  • The Cresswell - traditional pub
  • The Sportsman - traditional pub
  • Park View Social - modern bar, with facilities that can be hired for private functions
  • Cafe Sport - modern bar with nightclub feel at weekend, with facilities that can be hired for private functions and a gym underneath the bar
  • The Stonehouse - modern wine bar serving food
  • The Don Hotel - traditional pub
  • The Station Hotel - typical Yorkshire pub
  • Swinton WMC - Working Men's Club

Local Issues

On Swinton's boundary with Kilnhurst is a sizeable area of recently derelict land, formerly occupied by Croda Hydrocarbons, who took over the works from Midland and Yorkshire Tar Distillers. The site and former works are associated with some local controversy, owing to pollution issues during the works' operations and serious environmental concerns regarding the current site.

Famous people linked with Swinton

The grandfather of Julie Andrews lived in Swinton and Tony Capstick went to Swinton Bridge School as a child.

References

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