Visit Slough and the surrounding villages and stay in bed & breakfast accommodation:
Slough, Berkshire. This is the largest town and industrial centre in the county. It is a place of multiple trades with 500 businesses on the Slough Trading Estate employing over 28,000 people. The estate was one of the first of its kind and has been copied in other parts of the country.
The town has many amenities for its large population, including a greyhound track, a golf course, cricket and football grounds and over 400 acres of parks and open spaces.
But despite its modernity the town still has links with the past. Its ancient roots are in the outskirts of Upton, around which the life of the village once evolved. Sir William Herschel the astronomer lived here and from the giant telescope in his garden he discovered the planet Uranus.
The Norman Church of St Lawrence can be reached by way of the Windsor road in the Upton section of the town. Although restored in 1850 the church still retains much Norman work. It is entered through a Norman doorway, adorned by chevron moulding and with carved capitals. The nave and the tower are 12th century, as is the chancel. The roof, in four bays, is l5th century and the font was created by Norman craftsmen, who probably carved the pillar piscina. One of the church's treasures is a fascinating 16th century alms box with three locks. In the churchyard, reputed to be the inspiration of Gray's Elegy, are many ancient yews. Next to the church is the park of the 15th century Upton Court, the property of Merton Abbey before the Reformation.
A short distance from the centre of Slough, on the same road as St Lawrence's Church, is Montern Mound, near Salt Hill. At this ancient spot an unusual ceremony was held by pupils from Eton College for the collection of ‘salt’. A procession from the collage to the mound was led by twelve resplendent ‘salt-bearers’, followed by the rest of the school. On reaching the mound the leader ascended it and waved a royal standard. After a short ceremony came the collection of ‘salt’, which was, in fact, money, and Queen Victoria, who rarely missed the ceremony, was always stopped by the words, “Salt. Your Majesty, salt.” The money so collected was given to the head boy of the school for payment of his expenses at King's College, Cambridge.
Nearby airports: Heathrow
Nearby towns: Ascot, Eton, Maidenhead, Iver, Windsor, West Drayton
Nearby villages: Datchet, Denham, Farnham Common, Langley, Stoke Poges
Have you decided to visit Slough or the surrounding villages? Please look above for somewhere to stay in:
- a Slough bed and breakfast (a Slough B&B or Slough b and b)
- a Slough guesthouse
- a Slough hotel (or motel)
- a Slough self-catering establishment, or
- other Slough accommodation