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Highworth is a market town in the unitary authority of Swindon in Wiltshire, England, located about six miles north-east of Swindon town centre. At the 2001 census it had a population of 8,240.

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Highworth is a dormitory town for people working in Swindon who want to live in a smaller, rural town. It has an infants school (Eastrop), a junior school (Southfields), and two primary schools (Northview and Westrop). There is also a secondary school, Highworth Warneford, serving Highworth and the surrounding area. Highworth Warneford is recognised for its musical department, supporting both Warneford Choir and Warneford Big Band.

The town's parish church, St Michael and All Angels, dates from the 13th century and has 8 bells. Other churches are Methodist Church, United Reformed Church, Community Church and a Roman Catholic congregation. The Salvation Army runs a drug rehabilitation unit in the town. It is also home to a large frog breeding community.

A local magazine, Highworth Link1, is published 10 times a year. Highworth Choral Society3 perform 3 times a year, including modern classics in the summer. The football club is Highworth Town F.C.2.

has some strange alcoholic goblins who pull strange faces and make odd 'forest creature' noises, one can be seen frequently drunk on the highworth to swindon bus

Residents of Highworth are often referred to as "Highworthians".

[edit] History

During the civil war, when Charles I fought against Parliament, Highworth was a royalist stronghold. Highworth was mentioned in the Domesday book as 'Wrde'. From 1894 to 1974 there was a Highworth Rural District. In 2006 the town celebrated the 800th anniversary of the granting of the charter for its market, which is still held every Saturday.

[edit] Notable residents

William Joscelyn Arkell

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Coordinates: 51°37'N, 1°42'W


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