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Population 36,000 (2004 est.)
OS grid reference SK298197
  • South Derbyshire
Shire county
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Postcode district DE11
Dialling code 01283
Police Derbyshire
Fire Derbyshire
Ambulance East Midlands
EU Parliament East Midlands
UK Parliament
  • South Derbyshire
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Swadlincote is a town in South Derbyshire, England. The town is 13 miles south of Derby. The local council meet in this town. People from Swadlincote often shorten its name to simply 'Swad'.

The population of Swadlincote is 33,000.

It is made up of the settlements of Swadlincote, Church Gresley, Midway and Newhall.


Swad arms
Coat of arms of the former Swadlincote Urban District Council

Swadlincote was in the Domesday Book in 1086.

Swadlincote's coal and clay works continued to expand until the Second World War.

Swadlincote was the centre of the South Derbyshire coalfield but mining stopped in the 1990s.

The town's first local government was a board of health in 1871.

Since 1997, Swadlincote's Member of Parliament has been Mark Todd.


Swadlincote's centre contains Boots, Somerfield and smaller shops. A large Morrisons store has been blamed for closing some small shops.

Plans exist for a cinema, a DIY and a clothing store.


Swadlincote lies near the junction of the A514 and the A511 road (Burton upon Trent to Ashby-de-la-Zouch) roads. The nearest railway station is Burton upon Trent which is five miles away.

Sports and attractions

Swadlincote has local parks and a large dry ski slope.

Notable residents

  • Jack Bodell, boxer, was born here.
  • John Hurt, lived near as a boy.
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