Liddington

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Liddington
All Saints Churchyard Liddington - geograph.org.uk - 1001690.jpg
All Saints' churchyard
Liddington is located in Wiltshire
Liddington
Liddington
 Liddington shown within Wiltshire
Population 376 (in 2011)[1]
OS grid reference SU207815
Civil parish Liddington
Unitary authority Swindon
Ceremonial county Wiltshire
Region South West
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town Swindon
Postcode district SN4
Dialling code 01793
Police Wiltshire
Fire Wiltshire
Ambulance South Western
EU Parliament South West England
UK Parliament South Swindon
Website Parish Council
List of places
UK
England
Wiltshire

Coordinates: 51°31′55″N 1°42′11″W / 51.532°N 1.703°W / 51.532; -1.703

Liddington is a village and civil parish near Swindon in Wiltshire, England. The settlement lies southeast of Swindon town, close to junction 15 of the M4 motorway, which is approximately 2 miles (3.2 km) away via the B4192.

The parish has been an area of settlement since the earliest times. The ancient Ridgeway traverses the parish just north of the village and the Iron Age hill-fort known as Liddington Castle overlooks the present-day village. Liddington is recorded in the late Saxon period, around 940 AD. The Domesday Book of 1086 refers to the settlement as Ledentone. Records indicate that Liddington was a fairly prosperous parish in the 14th century.[citation needed] The population of the parish peaked at 454 in 1841 and then gradually declined.[1]

'Starfish' decoy control bunker[edit]

Liddington Hill is the site of a control bunker for a WWII 'Starfish' bombing decoy site. This would have been used to control fires, which would have acted as a decoy to enemy planes targeting the town of Swindon to the north.

The bunker consisted of two rooms off a central passage. That on the right housed generators. The control room was on the left, with a hatch in its concrete roof.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Wiltshire Community History - Census". Wiltshire Council. Retrieved 15 August 2015. 

External links[edit]

Media related to Liddington at Wikimedia Commons