Blunsdon

Blunsdon is a civil parish in the Borough of Swindon, England, about 4 miles (6 km) north of the centre of Swindon, with the A419 forming its southern boundary. Its main settlement is the village of Broad Blunsdon, with Lower Blunsdon nearby; the hamlet of Broadbush is now contiguous with Broad Blunsdon.

Blunsdon is the eastern half of the former Blunsdon St Andrew civil parish. In April 2017 the parish was divided, with the western half becoming St Andrews parish.

Blunsdon
Fred C Palmer Chapel Hill Blunsdon 1920

Chapel Hill, Blunsdon ca.1920
Blunsdon is located in Wiltshire
Blunsdon
Blunsdon
Location within Wiltshire
Population12,414 (parish, 2011)[1]
OS grid referenceSU154902
Civil parish
  • Blunsdon
Unitary authority
Ceremonial county
Region
CountryEngland
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townSwindon
Postcode districtSN25, SN26
Dialling code01793
PoliceWiltshire
FireDorset and Wiltshire
AmbulanceSouth Western
EU ParliamentSouth West England
UK Parliament
WebsiteParish Council

History

Blunsdon dates from Roman times: it was discovered that a Roman travellers’ resting place existed on the site of the present-day Cold Harbour public house. The main A419 road follow the course of a Roman road known as Ermin Street that linked the historic Roman towns of Gloucester (Glevum) and Silchester (Calleva Atrebatum), via Cirencester (Corinium). In 1086 it appears in the Domesday Book as Bluntesdone.

Sport

Blunsdon's Abbey Stadium is the home of Swindon Greyhounds, broadcast world-wide three times per week and a stalwart of off course betting shops in the U.K. all the year round, plus speedway team the Swindon Robins. The Robins compete in the Elite League, with matches regularly televised live on Sky Sports. However, this was briefly under threat in 2006 due to plans by developers to demolish the stadium and replace it with houses with a proposal to build a smaller greyhound racing stadium elsewhere, but these were modified to a propose a new stadium on the existing site for both sports.

These plans were at first recommended for refusal by the Council Officers for various reasons, the developers agreed to take the plans away for adjustment and in May 2008 planning inspectors approved the new plans, which included 450 houses and office space.[2]

The village has a football team, Blunsdon FC, which has youth development squads as well as a senior men's side playing in the Wiltshire League.

Local government

Blunsdon parish covers Broad Blunsdon and the area west of the A419. In the southeast, the boundary with St Andrews leaves the A419 and follows the A4311 Cricklade Road, so that the Groundwell industrial estate is in Blunsdon parish.

Until April 2017, the whole area was the civil parish of Blunsdon St Andrew.[3][4] The parish lies within the Borough of Swindon.

Village shop

After the last privately owned shop in the village closed in 2002, a village public meeting convened and agreed to open a new community shop, which was opened in 2003.[5] Located in the car park of the village hall, the shop was originally based inside a secondhand site office cabin, but in 2009 this was replaced by a brand new structure. Run mainly by volunteers, in 2010 the shop won third place for 'Best Village Shop' at the Wiltshire Life Magazine Awards [6]

Transport

The Swindon and Cricklade Railway has rebuilt Blunsdon railway station, just outside the parish boundary.

A419 bypass

A bypass was built between the autumn of 2006 and spring 2009. This has reunited Broad Blunsdon village with the portion that was southwest of the former A419.

References

  1. ^ "Wiltshire Community History - Census". Wiltshire Council. Retrieved 24 October 2015.
  2. ^ "New Swindon speedway stadium moves ahead". Gazette & Herald. 12 May 2008. Retrieved 28 May 2008.
  3. ^ "Community governance review - next steps". www.swindon.gov.uk. Swindon Borough Council. March 2017. Archived from the original on 22 February 2017. Retrieved 13 April 2017.
  4. ^ "The Swindon Borough (Reorganisation of Community Governance) No. 1 Order 2017" (PDF). Local Government Boundary Commission for England. 19 January 2017. p. 4. Archived from the original (PDF) on 6 April 2017. Retrieved 13 April 2017.
  5. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 29 April 2012. Retrieved 16 March 2013.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  6. ^ "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 11 June 2014. Retrieved 16 March 2013.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
1989 Wiltshire County Council election

Elections to Wiltshire County Council were held on 4 May 1989. The whole council was up for election and the result was no overall control.

2012 Swindon Borough Council election

Elections to Swindon Borough Council were held on 3 May 2012, with every ward up for election after the implementation of boundary changes. The Conservatives were the largest party on the council going into the elections, and were looking to hold on to power, while Labour were aiming to oust the Conservatives and take control of the council. The election resulted in the Conservatives maintaining control of the council with a majority of one seat, while Labour made gains but not enough to win control.

Following this election, the Borough Council will be elected a third at a time. The candidates who finished third in their three-seat ward in 2012 will serve a two-year term before facing re-election in 2014. Those who finished second will face re-election in 2015, and those who finished first will serve until 2016. In the two-seat Chiseldon & Lawn Ward, the candidate who finished second will face re-election in 2014, and the first place candidate the following year, while the single councillor for Ridgeway Ward will sit until 2016.

2014 Swindon Borough Council election

The 2014 Swindon Borough Council election took place on 22 May 2014 to elect members of Swindon Borough Council in England. This was on the same day as other local elections. The Conservatives gained 1 seat to retain control of the council.

2015 Swindon Borough Council election

The 2015 Swindon Borough Council election took place on 7 May 2015, to elect members of Swindon Borough Council in England. This was on the same day as other local elections. The Conservative Party increased their majority after gaining two seats.

Of the 19 seats up for election, four seats changed hands to leave the Conservatives (32) with a majority of seven seats over Labour (23) and the Lib Dems (2).

2016 Swindon Borough Council election

The 2016 Swindon Borough Council election took place on 5 May 2016 to elect members of Swindon Borough Council in England. This was on the same day as other local elections.

The Conservatives held on to their majority on the council but it was lowered to three after losing councillors to Labour in Lydiard & Freshbrook and Liden, Eldene & Park South.

2018 Swindon Borough Council election

The 2018 Swindon Borough Council election took place on 3 May 2018, to elect members of Swindon Borough Council in England. This was on the same day as other local elections.

The Conservatives held on to their majority on the council but it was lowered to one after losing a councillor to the Liberal Democrats in Wroughton & Wichelstowe. The Liberal Democrats lost a councillor to Labour in Eastcott, so the election's net gain of one was to Labour from the Conservatives. Labour had had high hopes of winning control of the council, and the Party's leader Jeremy Corbyn had visited Swindon on five occasions during the local election campaign. The Party was reported to be 'deeply disappointed' with the result.

The Conservative Council leader David Renard described himself as "absolutely delighted" that his Party "fended off a significant challenge from the Labour Party". The BBC's West of England politics editor Paul Barltrop felt Labour's failure to take the council would be more than disappointing to party members, noting that Swindon tends to give an idea of what will happen at the next general election.Swindon was one of the boroughs subject to a trial of voter ID restrictions requiring the production of polling cards.

A419 road

The A419 road is a primary route between Chiseldon near Swindon at junction 15 of the M4 with the A346 road, and Whitminster in Gloucestershire, England near the M5 motorway. The A419 is managed and maintained by a private company, Road Management Group, on behalf of the UK Department for Transport.

Blunsdon railway station

Blunsdon railway station is a heritage railway station serving the village of Blunsdon, north of Swindon in Wiltshire, England.

It was one of the last to be opened by the Midland and South Western Junction Railway in 1895 on a railway that had opened in 1883. It was little more than a single-platform halt, and milk was the main traffic. It also had a single siding, used for such traffic as fertiliser and other agricultural requirements.

It was also one of the first stations on the route to be closed. Passenger traffic ceased in 1924, though regular trains had stopped calling in 1922, leaving one solitary passenger train service stopping at Blunsdon on a Sunday. Goods traffic ceased in 1937.

The site became the headquarters of the Swindon and Cricklade Railway in the late 1970s because it offered the best road access to the trackbed between Swindon and Cricklade. By that time, almost every trace of the original station had gone, and the present structures are all new.

Blunsdon station is actually within the boundaries of Purton, and the Purton area probably produced most of its original business. Unsubstantiated tradition says the station was named Blunsdon to avoid confusion with the Great Western station already existing in Purton village. Blunsdon St Andrew village is more than two miles away.

Blunsdon station offers a variety of services including the Swindon and Cricklade railway shop, canteen/buffet, toilets and car parking space.

Borough of Swindon

The Borough of Swindon is a local government authority in South West England. It is centred on the town of Swindon and forms part of the ceremonial county of Wiltshire. It was formed in 1974 as the Thamesdown district of Wiltshire, from former areas of the municipal borough of Swindon (created 1900) and Highworth Rural District (created 1894).

On 1 April 1997 it was made administratively independent of Wiltshire County Council (with its council becoming a unitary authority). It adopted the name Swindon on 24 April 1997. The former Thamesdown name and logo were used by the main local bus operator, Thamesdown Transport Limited, until it was bought out and renamed to "Swindon's Bus Company".

Hayes Knoll railway station

Hayes Knoll railway station is found on the heritage Swindon and Cricklade Railway in Wiltshire, England.

Hayes Knoll station was built, with an engineering workshop and locomotive shed, at a place where the original railway trackbed between Swindon and Cricklade includes an additional piece of land in railway ownership. It thus provides an initial destination for trains from Blunsdon railway station, plus engineering facilities required to operate the railway. There is no access to Hayes Knoll station except by train.

The locomotive depot consists of 5 'roads' that are accessed by means of a headshunt to the north of the depot where Hayes Oak sidings are. The Second road is primarily for the use of steam locomotives and as such has two inspection pits (one indoors, one outdoors), a watering column and areas to drop ash, store tools and keep wood. The rest of the roads are for the use of both carriages and locomotives. The roads outside the depot building are mainly for storage of wagons required to run the depot such as wagon mounted water and diesel tanks, the septic tank for the toilets, coal wagons and other items of rolling stock necessary to keep the depot functioning.

John Ernle (Royal Navy officer)

Sir John Ernle, or Ernele (1647 – 25 October 1686), of Burytown, Broad Blunsdon, Wiltshire, served as a Royal Navy captain in the Third Anglo-Dutch War, and was briefly a Member of Parliament for Calne.

List of places in Wiltshire

Map of places in Wiltshire compiled from this list

This is a list of cities, towns and villages in the ceremonial county of Wiltshire, England.

List of schools in Swindon

This is a list of schools in the Borough of Swindon in the English county of Wiltshire.

North Swindon (UK Parliament constituency)

North Swindon is a constituency represented in the House of Commons of the UK Parliament since 2010 by Justin Tomlinson, a Conservative.

Priory Vale

Priory Vale is a community in the north of the Borough of Swindon, Wiltshire, England, and comprises the urban villages of Redhouse, Oakhurst and Haydon End. Although not strictly part of Priory Vale, the nearby village of Taw Hill completes this instalment of Swindon's northern expansion which began with Abbey Meads in the mid 1990s and continued at St Andrew's Ridge. The area was developed during the early 21st century.

Priory Vale is served by Thamesdown Drive, or the 'Northern Orbital Road', a dual carriageway which runs through the centre of the area and links Purton Road in West Swindon, itself an urban expansion area from the 1970s and 1980s, to the A419 Blunsdon Bypass.

On completion, Priory Vale is expected to comprise just over 6,000 new homes spread over 640 acres (2.6 km2) of land. The homes themselves take up 390 acres (1.6 km2), interspersed with 82 acres (330,000 m2) of open space.

There are currently six schools in Priory Vale spread over 45 acres (180,000 m2): Brimble Hill Primary School, Abbey Park School, Red Oaks Primary School and Uplands Secondary School all within the Priory Vale Learning Campus in Redhouse; Orchid Vale Primary School in Haydon End; and Oakhurst Community Primary School in Oakhurst.

Originally known as the 'Northern Development Area' or 'Haydon 3' (Abbey Meads. Taw Hill and St Andrew's Ridge forming Haydon 2, and Haydon 1 representing the entire area but never realised as a development proposal) is home to what was reputed to be the largest supermarket in the United Kingdom, Asda Walmart with 97,000 square feet (9,000 m2) of retail space. As well as the superstore, the Orbital Shopping Park is host to a number of big-name stores including Marks and Spencer, Next, New Look and Homebase, a drive-through restaurant, coffee shops, a petrol station and the North Swindon Library.

The Northern Development Area was first identified by Swindon Corporation in the 1960s under planning documents known as the Gold and Silver books and the scheme was confirmed in a "Vision for Thamesdown" in the 1980s.

SN postcode area

The SN postcode area, also known as the Swindon postcode area, is a group of eighteen postcode districts in England, which are subdivisions of ten post towns. These postcode districts cover north Wiltshire, including Swindon, Chippenham, Calne, Corsham, Devizes, Malmesbury, Marlborough, Melksham and Pewsey, plus a small part of south-west Oxfordshire, including Faringdon, and a very small part of Gloucestershire.

Swindon Robins

The Swindon Speedway team, also known as the Swindon Robins, are an English motorcycle speedway team established in 1949 that competes in the SGB Premiership, the top division of speedway league competition in the United Kingdom. They were league champions in the 2017 season.

The club have raced on their home track at the Abbey Stadium, Lady Lane, Blunsdon since their inception.

Swindon Stadium

Swindon Stadium, also known as the Abbey Greyhound Stadium, is a Greyhound Board of Great Britain regulated greyhound racing track and speedway track located in Blunsdon, Swindon, England. Greyhound racing takes place every Saturday evening, in addition to their three ARC fixtures and speedway normally takes place on Monday and Thursday evenings.

Swindon and Cricklade Railway

The Swindon & Cricklade Railway is a heritage railway in Wiltshire, England, that operates on a short section of the old Midland and South Western Junction Railway line between Swindon and Cricklade.

Swindon and Cricklade Railway is a registered charity.

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