Swindon is the biggest town in Wiltshire, England. It gained fame as the centre of the Great Western Railway at the end of the 1800s, however, following the closure of the rail yards, it has become notorious as a bland town with a number of concrete office buildings.
After World War II, a number of people from parts of London bombed by the Luftwaffe were moved to Swindon, and this, combined with people living in deprived terraced housing in the town resulted in the creation of several council estates in the 1950s. Swindon has largely escaped the high-rise estates of the 1960s due to most of the housing stock dating from this decade.
There are 12 residential tower blocks in Swindon. The most were built in the Parks, with 7 tower blocks constructed there, however two 12-storey blocks in the Ward were demolished as part of early regeneration schemes for Cavendish Square. One 6-storey block remains at the site following a re-cladding.
Other estates include Pinehurst, which is comprised almost entirely of council housing. Mostly built in the 1920s, one section of the estate is referred to as 'Tinland' or 'Tintown' by locals because of the tin housing there erected post-war which remains to this day.
The Toothill Estate has swathes of low-rise flats and a severe drug problem. Walcot, bordering with the Parks, also has many blocks of maisonette flats and other council housing. Gorse Hill and parts of Wootton Bassett are similar.