A screenshot from Brown's Towns: Swindon
Brown's Towns: Swindon
We delved into the BBC archives and found a TV programme 'Brown's Towns:Swindon' made in 1973, all about the developing town. Watch online now.
For years some people have looked down on Swindon - and it's the butt of many jokes. Even a neighbouring MP has called it a dump.
And in the comedy series The Office, having to move to Swindon was seen as being a fate even worse than having to work in Slough!
They can say what they like but many people are proud of Swindon - and they might be about to have the last laugh.
Around £300m is going to be spent on revamping the town, in one of the biggest projects of its kind in the country.
Swindon pioneer David Murray-John is interviewed
More than 30 years ago Swindon was a glint in the eye of the town it is now - huge areas of the town were yet to be built, and even then it was being touted as a "town of the future".
What was Swindon like without the Motorola factory? Without the Oasis leisure centre? BBC reporter Peter Brown found out during a series 'Brown's Towns' which toured similar towns around the country.
This programme was first broadcast over 33 years ago on 23rd January 1973. You can see how fast the town has grown up.
last updated: 17/10/2008 at 09:58
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Anthony Charlton, Swindon