Swinton, South Yorkshire
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Swinton Bridge School
Swinton shown within South Yorkshire
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|- London||145 mi (233 km) SSE|
|Metropolitan county||South Yorkshire|
|Region||Yorkshire and the Humber|
|Sovereign state||United Kingdom|
|EU Parliament||Yorkshire and the Humber|
It is best known for being the site of the Rockingham Pottery, a world-renowned manufacturer of porcelain. Although the factory closed in 1842 its name is left as defining a style of rococo porcelain.[according to whom?] 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 remain today in Pottery Ponds, a small park off Blackamoor Road near the Woodman public house. Swinton was also the site of another important but lesser known pottery, Don Pottery.
The town is situated on a hillside. The higher areas generally contain older dwellings, and the lower, newer build properties. The lowest part 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 1980s miners' strike), employment is provided predominantly by service and light industry in the nearby Manvers area. Surviving within the area of railway lines and canals is a boat yard with a limited barge repair and transport business, and timber milling and woodworking facilities.
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 with use of 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, then-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 morning peak times 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.
While most manufacturing has ceased, substantial warehousing remains. Morphy Richards & Roberts Radio brands run a large site in Swinton. An American bagel company operates in the town and there are centres for Stelrad and Jackson's building supplies.
Swinton's secondary school, with sixth form college, is Swinton Community School. It teaches pupils from age 11 to 18. The school was scheduled to be rebuilt on the current site, however, since the scrapping of the rebuilding schools programme by the current coalition government, this rebuild has been scrapped and is unlikely to be reinstated in the near future.[according to whom?]
There are also several primary schools and nurseries, including Swinton Fitzwilliam Primary, Swinton Queen Primary School and Brookfield Primary School. Swinton Queen Primary School was rebuilt and opened in March 2011 with the old school buildings being demolished.
On the outskirts of Swinton and a short walk from Bow Broom estate is 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 Hallam University who decided to not purchase and use the building off Golden Smithies Lane.
Swinton contains nine public houses, which range from the 'typical Yorkshire', 'country-style' pub serving food, modern bars, and a working men's club. A previous pub was demolished to make way for a block of flats.
An industrial premises on Swinton's boundary with Kilnhurst was formerly occupied by Croda Hydrocarbons, who took over the works from Midland and Yorkshire Tar Distillers. The site is associated with local controversy owing to pollution during the plant operations. Despite this the Council has given Planning Permission to build domestic dwellings on this site. Validation Certificate has been given and work is due to start in March by Gleason homes. There is expected to be an 8-year program of building.
- Office for National Statistics : Census 2001 : Urban Areas : Table KS01 : Usual Resident Population Retrieved 26 August 2009
- "Cash set aside for homes bid", South Yorkshire Times, 6 December 2012. Retrieved 1 July 2014
- Lee, Sidney, ed. (1891). "Hulme, Frederick William". Dictionary of National Biography 28. London: Smith, Elder & Co. p. 201.