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Things to do in Swadlincote, Derbyshire

Swadlincote is the southernmost town in Derbyshire, the main street is a busy traffic-free shopping precinct, furnished with ample seating, shaded under trees.

Swadlincote Market Square © Shirley Leedham
Swadlincote Market Square

The focal point of the town is the market square surrounded by shops and cafés, a good place to find a bargain.

Swadlincote was mentioned in the Doomsday Book but little is recorded of its early history until the 19th century, during the start of the industrial period when coal mining and clay played a vital part.

Sharpe's Pottery Works is now a Museum, Information and Heritage Centre, once producing tableware, lavatory bowls and sinks, designed with decorative flowers favoured by the wealthy Victorians around 1875 when the Public Health Act came in to modernize the backyard privies.

Main Shopping precinct © Shirley Leedham
Shopping Precinct

Green's Pottery manufactured the famous and much loved blue and white striped kitchenware, known as Cornish Ware.

The disused bottle-shaped kilns are Grade II listed, still marking the landscape, giving this area of Derbyshire its unique character as did the coal mining.

Coal mining was South Derbyshire's main industry, scarring the landscape with mounds of black earth, now the scars are beginning to heal as much of the area is being planted with tree's and the once dense forest that produced the fossil fuel "coal" is being rejuvenated.

Sharpe's Museum, Information and Heritage Centre © Shirley Leedham
Sharpe's Museum, Information and Heritage Centre

Places to visit, Swadlincotes dry Ski Slopes, Ashby-de-la-Zouch a market town with a castle, the Heart of the National Forest, between Overseal and Moira off the A444.

There is a busy bus station serving the town. Swadlincote is on the A511 between Burton-on-Trent and Ashby-de-la-Zouch. Major towns are Derby and Leicester.

Description by Shirley Leedham

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