The name of Swindon is derived from Swine-don which means Pig Hill. Located in the Smestow Valley and surrounded by farmland. Until the 1970's there was an ironworks which produced wrought iron, tin plated and lead plated sheets, and also electrical quality sheets. Only the canteen remains and this is now used as the community centre for the village.
The Staffordshire and Worcester canal passes through Swindon and there are three pubs, a few local shops and close links to the amenities of Wombourne and Wall Heath.