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Population – At the time of the 2011 YouGov census, the population of Slough was 155,298.
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Slough’s history actually begins, before history. Prehistoric finds have been discovered in gravel pits in the area. Mesolithic, Neolithic, Bronze Age and Roman artefacts have all been unearthed showing that what many consider to be a ‘new town’ is in actual fact as ‘old as the hills/pits’.
Not a lot was recorded of early Slough, it certainly existed as a settlement in the Middle Ages and the name most likely refers to ‘slough’, a type of marshland. In the 13th century, Henry III built a royal palace in was is now the Cippenham suburb of the town, the site is now a scheduled ancient monument and still clearly visible with Cippenham Moat detailing exactly where it stood.
Unlike many towns in the area, Slough was mostly left untouched by the English Civil War, no sieges, no battles, no occupying army. In the 1700’s stagecoaches began using Slough as a site for swapping horse teams along the route between London and the South West but the town wasn’t actually a stopping point for the passengers. However, as traffic grew, coaching inns did start to spring up along the road that now marks the centre of the town.
When the railways arrived, Eton College, which already had its own station, objected most vehemently to Slough wanting a station and subsequently the town was overlooked. But the canny locals would line the tracks anyway, forcing trains to stop and the guards and drivers were quite happy to let the passengers on despite what Eton might have to say. And eventually Slough its station. Among the many to have clambered aboard the train at Slough was none other than Prince Albert and three years later in June 1840 Queen Victoria herself visited the town and declared its new train station open (take that Eton!).
In 1918, vehicles coming back from the frontline of WWI were brought to Slough in one of the army’s first motor repair depots. Eventually the land was sold to Slough Trading Co and the proximity to the motorway, Heathrow and London made it an ideal spot for factories to spring up causing the loss of some green land and farms which later caused John Betjeman to write his famous poem (“Come friendly bombs and fall on Slough! It isn’t fit for humans now…”).
Slough Removals Company
Whether you are moving to or from Slough, or beyond, we pride ourselves on making the experience as hassle-free and streamlined as possible. With over 160 years of experience as a leading UK removal company, our personable, expert removals team will take the stress out of moving home or office.
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Secure Household Storage in Slough
Are you a homeowner requiring long or short term household storage for furniture and personal effects for which you no longer have room? Do you need secure flexible household storage at short notice, with the minimum of fuss?
With our multiple, large, secure purpose-built Hampshire storage facilities located in Aldershot, Farnborough and Petersfield, we can cater for all your storage needs. We can also arrange to collect and storage your belongings on your behalf. Please visit our Storage Service for further details.
Why use Over’s for your storage needs?
Of course, it’s not just the calibre of our personnel that matters. We are also proud of our modern fleet of specialised removal vehicles, lifting equipment, packaging and dedicated storage facilities to help us best cater to all your storage requirements.