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Population – At the time of the 2011 YouGov census, the population of Staines was 7,861.
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The first signs of people moving to Staines appears to have been the Romans in the 1st century AD. They named this new location ‘Ad Pontes’ meaning bridge in references to the Roman bridge crossing the Thames carrying the London to Silchester road. At the time this was one of only two bridges, the other being London Bridge.
The first written record appeared during the Saxon period, in a charter in 969. Things picked up in the Middle Ages and by 1218 Staines had become a thriving market town with 3 annual fairs. The Thames River was a major source of commerce and revenue with a marker laid at Staines in 1285 to show where the City of London’s ownership of the Thames began. A replica of the stone still stands (the original is now housed in nearby Spelthorne Museum).
One of the town’s oldest buildings is the Blue Anchor pub, which dates back to at least the 15th century. In later years 5 windows were bricked up to avoid paying window tax although fake windows were painted back on to keep its symmetry, which can still be seen today.
In 1603 the old Market Hall was the site of the trial of Sir Walter Raleigh (away from the capital due to an outbreak of the plague). He was accused of treason (an alleged plot to overthrow King James and replace him with the rebel Stuart). No evidence was produced other than hearsay and despite what was clearly a sham trial, Raleigh was found guilty and put to death.
Not long after, the old Roman road became the main stagecoach route and Staines was back on the map, as a popular coach stop. Pubs began to thrive with a number of famous faces dropping by; Lord Nelson and Lady Hamilton, plus Charles Dickens, who stayed at the Angel.
In 1832 a new bridge was built and the road had to be raised be by several feet on one side of the bridge to keep the meeting point level, a sizeable piece of engineering at the time. The finished bridge was opened in 1832 by King William IV. The railways arrived in 1848 which wiped out the stagecoaches almost overnight. This new passing trade brought wealth that in turn attracted more business and Staines became the location of the world’s first linoleum factory in 1864.
In later years the town has completely reinvented itself, partly due to the name-check, precipitated by desire by the town to distance itself from Sasha Baron-Cohens’ comedy character ‘Ali-G’ and his fake entourage, the ‘Staines Massive’. Staines-upon-Thames is every bit as charming as it sounds, rich in history with good schools, excellent shops and good commuter links.
Staines Removals Company
Whether you are moving to or from Staines, 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 Staines
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.