10 Things you didn’t know about Slough

  • William Herschel,  Astronomer Royal, discoverer of the planet Uranus lived at Observatory House, Slough on the Windsor Road.
  • Charles Dickens worked at the Mere in Upton Park with the Bentley publishing company – was the nearby Eton Union Workhouse the basis for the story of Oliver Twist?
  • The Slough Trading Estate established in 1920 was to become the world’s largest business park was built on the site of a military vehicle dump from World War One.
  • The drink Horlicks was manufactured in England for the first time when a new factory was erected  at  Slough in 1908 by James Horlick.
  • The Mars Bar was first manufactured in Slough in 1932 and the headquarters is still based there today.
  • The legendary British band, The Beatles, began their first British tour in Slough in 1963.
  • Slough’s first mosque was established on Montem Lane in a converted house in 1969.
  • Latest findings suggest that Montem Mound at Slough was a high status  Anglo Saxon burial mound  dating to the 7th century AD. In the past its thought to have been a motte and bailey castle and also the home of a bizzare Eton College ceremony.
  • John Tawell (1784–1845) was a British murderer. He was the first person to be arrested as the result of telecommunications technology.
  • BBC’s iconic series ‘The Office’ was filmed in Crossbow House on Slough Trading Estate (which was demolished in 2013).