Swadlincote is a town in the district of South Derbyshire, Derbyshire, England. It is the main town of the district and the site of the South Derbyshire District Council's headquarters. The occupants of Swadlincote often shorten its name to simply 'Swad'.
The population of Swadlincote and its surrounding villages is approximately 33,000. It is made up of separate settlements - Swadlincote, Church Gresley, Midway and Newhall.
The name "Swadlincote" derives from the Anglo-Saxon "Swartlings Cottas", Swartling being an Anglo-Saxon man's name and Cottas meaning cottages. At the time of the Domesday Survey Swadlincote was just a small manor. The area remained rural until industrialisation in the eighteenth century. The presence of coal and clay in the area led to urbanisation as colleries, brickworks and potteries came to dominate Swadlincote.
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