25 Facts About Slough


Slough is a town and unparished area in the unitary authority of the same name in Berkshire, England.

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Slough is located 20 miles west of central London and 19 miles north-east of Reading.

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Slough's population is one of the most ethnically diverse in the United Kingdom, attracting people from across the country and the world for labour since the 1920s, which has helped shape it into a major trading centre.

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Slough has the highest concentration of UK HQs of global companies outside London.

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Spectacular growth and employment ensued, with Slough attracting workers from many parts of the UK and abroad.

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The Heart of Slough Project is a plan for the large-scale redevelopment of the town centre as a focus and cultural quarter for the creative media, information and communications industries.

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Preparations were under way for the regeneration of the Britwell suburb of Slough, involving tearing down a dilapidated block of flats and the closing of the public house the Jolly Londoner in Wentworth Avenue and replacing them with new homes, as well as relocating the shopping parade in the street to nearby Kennedy Park.

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Slough is 20 miles west of Charing Cross, central London, 2 miles north of Windsor, 5 miles east of Maidenhead, 11 miles south-east of High Wycombe and 19 miles north-east of the county town of Reading.

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Slough is within the Greater London Urban Area and on the border with London Borough of Hillingdon and London Borough of Hounslow.

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Original villages that are now suburbs of Slough include Chalvey, Cippenham, Colnbrook, Langley, Poyle, Upton, and Wexham.

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Nearest Met Office weather observing station to Slough is Heathrow Airport, about 5 miles east of Slough town centre.

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Slough Council elected the country's first black female mayor, Lydia Simmons, in 1984.

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Slough has the highest percentage of Sikh residents in the country according to the census figures.

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Slough has the highest percentage of Muslim and Hindu residents in the South East region.

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In 1863, Slough became a local government area when a Slough Local Board of Health was elected to represent what is the central part of the modern Borough.

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Slough was transferred to Berkshire in the 1974 local government reorganisation.

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On 1 April 1995, the Borough of Slough expanded slightly into Buckinghamshire and Surrey, to take in Colnbrook and Poyle and merged their civil parish councils.

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Since 2015, Slough has had a Youth Parliament to represent the views of younger people.

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Slough is near London, Heathrow Airport, Uxbridge, Maidenhead and Staines and the town is a travel hub.

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Slough is served by Great Western Railway stations at Burnham, Slough and Langley.

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Slough has services on the Elizabeth line, a new railway line across central London opened in 2022.

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Slough is connected by the Slough Arm to the main line of the Grand Union Canal which runs between the Thames at Brentford and Birmingham.

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Slough has a senior non-League football team, Slough Town F C, who currently play in the National League South.

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Slough schools are in the top 10 best performers in the country at GCSE level.

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Slough has a relatively high crime rate; figures for all crime categories are annually above the English average and figures for a few categories are at more than double the frequency.

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