We’ve tried to answer some of them
It’s a large town on the outskirts of London made famous by Ricky Gervais’ sitcom The Office.
But there is much more to Slough than a word on the motorway signs at the intersection of the M4, M40 and M25. It’s in Berkshire, not a suburb of west London, for one thing.
It’s also the home to confectionery firm Mars’ UK headquarters, has Europe’s largest trading estate, and was where the legendary series Thunderbirds was filmed.
Which is probably why there are so many people searching the internet to find out more about the town, the name of which – that incidentally means ‘soil’ in case you were wondering – was first recorded in 1196.
From completely normal questions about Slough’s claims to fame to slightly harsher queries such as “bad place to live”, people have been taking to search engine Google to find out more.
And thanks to the search engine’s suggested responses, we are able to see the most popular questions people have about the town.
Here’s what people have been asking – and some of the answers.
Why is Slough called Slough?
Slough was first recorded under that name in 1196. Previously, it seems it was known as Upton, which is recorded in the Domesday Survey of 1086.
The area we now know as Slough was first spelled that way in 1443-1444. It had previously been refers to as ‘Slo’, ‘Le Slowe’ and ‘Slow’.
The name is thought to have come from the word ‘slow’ – the name for open land in that part of the parish. Verbal evidence later referred to an abundance of sloe bushes in the area.
Other people think the name comes from the word ‘slough’ – a word where the soil is wet and muddy.
Why is Slough a bad place to live?
Goodness knows why people are asking this question – and anyone who thinks it’s a “bad place” has clearly never been there.
Slough is one of the most ethnically diverse places in the UK, and the modern day town is built on immigration.
What are the best things about Slough?
The shopsThe jobsThe quality of lifeThe diversity
It’s also a popular base outside London for businesses to set up headquarters. Blackberry, McAfee, Burger King and Lego all have their UK offices in Slough, to name but a few.
It’s also one of the most affordable places to live in Berkshire, and is a quick train ride into central London – perfect for commuters and pleasure seekers alike.
What are your favourite things about Slough? Let us know in the comments below.
What shops are in Slough?
It seems that people surfing the web are curious to find out what kind of shops Slough has to offer. A simple “is there a … in Slough” shows exactly what people are looking for.
Dunelm? – Yes – there is a store located in Westgate Retail Park which opens from 9am to 8pm Monday to Friday, 9am to 6pm Saturday and 10.30am to 4.30pm Sunday.
Homebase? – No, Slough does not have a Homebase. The nearest store is in Maidenhead, in Stafferton Way. Alternatively, there are also stores in Staines and in Bracknell.
Game? – No. The nearest Game store is in Chequers Square Centre in Uxbridge, or in SUB Norris Road in Staines. There is also a store in High Street, Bracknell.
Matalan? – There is a branch of the fashion store in Bath Road. It’s open from 9am to 9pm Monday to Friday, 9am to 8pm on Saturday, 11am to 5pm on Sunday.
Debenhams? – Yes . According to the department store’s website it is open 9.30am to 5.30pm Monday to Friday, from 9.30am to 6pm on Saturday and 10.30am to 4.30pm on Sunday. It is located at 115-162 High Street.
Lush? – Slough doesn’t have a Lush store unfortunately. The nearest shop is in Peascod Street in Windsor.
Primark? – Yes. You can find Primark Slough in Unit 8 in The Observatory. It is open from 9am to 6pm Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday, open from 9am to 7pm on Thursday and Saturday and open from 10.30am to 5pm on Sunday.
Morrisons? – No. There isn’t a Morrisons supermarket in Slough itself, but there are two within 10 miles of the town centre. One is in High Street, Yiewsley and the other is in The Peel Centre, Bracknell, according to the supermarket’s website.
Zara? – No. The nearest branch of the fashion chain is in King Edward Court in Windsor. Alternatively, there is also a store in the Eden Centre in Newland Street, High Wycombe.
Why is Slough a good place to live?
The real question to ask is – is there a BETTER place than Slough to live?!
A survey from jobs site Glassdoor released in 2017 put Slough at the top of a list of the best 25 towns and cities to live and work in – beating Manchester and Cambridge.
Research showed that despite its not so rosy image to the rest of the world, Slough offered a good quality of life for employees, with a median salary of £35,000 a year, and the average house costing £390,000.
At the time Nancy Lalor from the Slough Chamber of Commerce said she wasn’t surprised by the results, citing the trading estate and the inspiring way the town continues to grow and change.
It is also one of the Berkshire towns most popular with London leavers.
Why are Slough Town called The Rebels?
Semi-professional Slough Town FC first kicked off in 1890 when three teams – Swifts, Slough Albion and Young Men’s Friendly Society – joined together to form Slough Town FC.
After the Second World War the club – then known as Slough United FC – led a breakaway movement to form a new league, called the Corinthian League, since they didn’t want to rejoin the Spartan League.
This is why they got their nickname ‘The Rebels’.
Is there a tube station in Slough?
No, Slough is not part of the London Underground. It does have its own train station, however, where you can catch trains directly into London Paddington.
The nearest Tube stop is Uxbridge, in high Street, Hillingdon, some five miles away.
Is there a taxi rank at Slough station?
One of the biggest questions people want the answer to seems to be if there is a taxi rank at Slough’s six-platform station.
And yes, there is a taxi rank at the station. A number of different operators work out of the main station forecourt area in Brunel Way.
They also have three car parks, a place to lock up your bike, and three places to grab a coffee while you wait.
What is Slough famous for?
Other questions concerned what is Slough famous for and what it is known for.
But where on earth do you start?!
You could say one of its claims to fame is as the setting to Ricky Gervais’ The Office, or as the origin to the Mars Bar, created by Forrest Mars, the son of American firm Mars founder Frank Mars, in 1932 in the town.
And then of course there’s Thunderbirds, which was made on Slough Trading Estate, and the fact snooker was invented by a Slough native plus it was the first town to ever have a zebra crossing.
Slough is also the birth place to the likes of Stanley Baldwin (Prime Minister 1924-1929), comedian Jimmy Carr, and Spice Girl Geri Halliwell as well as original Deep Purple lead singer Rod Evans.
Is there a congestion charge in Slough?
No. There have been rumours in the past that a congestion charge was being considered in order to address traffic problems.
However, the last time this was addressed in November 2016, Slough Borough Council confirmed there were no immediate plans to introduce such a charge.
Is Slough in London?
Slough is absolutely not in London. Nor is it in west London, or in Buckinghamshire. Slough is, most assuredly, a Berkshire town, located 20 miles west of Charing Cross in London, two miles north of Windsor, five miles east of Maidenhead, 11 miles south east of High Wycombe and 17 miles north east of Reading, Berkshire.
It is within the Greater London Urban Area.
Most of what now makes up Slough used to be part of Buckinghamshire historically, but it is now in the home county of Berkshire, which was recognised as the Royal County of Berkshire in 1957.
Is Slough a city?
No, Slough is not a city, it’s a large town. But with a population of 149,400 in 2016, perhaps it should be.
Should Slough be a city?
Is there a prison in Slough?
No, Slough doesn’t have a prison. In fact, there are no working prisons in the whole of Berkshire.
The nearest prisons are:
- HMP Winchester, a category B prison in Romsey Road
- HMP Bronzefield, a women’s prison in Woodthorpe Road, Ashford, Middlesex
- HMP High Down, a category B prison in High Down Lane, Sutton, Surrey
- HMP Downview, a women’s prison in Sutton Lane, Sutton, Surrey
- HMP Coldingley, a category C prison in Shatesbury Road, Bisley, Woking in Surrey
- HMP Send, a closed female training prison in Ripley Road, Woking, Surrey
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