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Borough of Slough
The Slough Trading Estate
The Slough Trading Estate
Coordinates 51 ° 31 ′  N , 0 ° 36 ′  W Coordinates: 51 ° 31 ′  N , 0 ° 36 ′  W
OS National Grid SU978797
Borough of Slough (England)
Borough of Slough
Borough of Slough
Residents 149,112 (as of June 30, 2018)
surface 32.54 km² (12.56  mi² )
Population density: 4582 inhabitants per km²
Post town SLOUGH
ZIP code section SL1-SL3
prefix 01753
Part of the country England
region South East England
Ceremonial county Berkshire
Unitary authority Slough
British Parliament Slough
The former Brunel Bus Station

Slough [ slaʊ ] is a town and a unitary authority in the county of Berkshire in the south of England .


Most of the city was originally part of Buckinghamshire and emerged over the years from the merging of villages along the A4 road between London , Bath and Bristol . The city was first mentioned (as Slo ) in 1196. The name probably comes from the English word for swamp (slough) , possibly also from sloe ( sloe ).

Astronomer Wilhelm Herschel and his sister Caroline made the first map of the universe with a telescope that Herschel had built in his garden on Windsor Road in Slough. A memorial commemorates this today. In 1790 the German naturalist Georg Forster visited the telescope on his trip to England. Forster William Herschel was married at St Laurence's Church in Slough, where he is also buried.

Economy and Infrastructure

The headquarters of Reckitt Benckiser , O 2 (UK) , (UK), Black & Decker (Europe), Lego (UK) and Mars Inc. are based in Slough. Slough is also the seat of the European headquarters of Blackberry and HTC as well as the British headquarters of 1 & 1 Internet.

Parishes within the borough

In the field of boroughs exist in the peripheral areas, three smaller municipalities ( Parish ): Brit Well , Wexham Court and Colnbrook with Poyle , each with its own council (Parish Council). The vast majority, on the other hand, is an unparished area outside of this system.


In the 1960s turned Gerry Anderson Slough his Supermarionation - cartoons .

Slough is also the location of the BBC series The Office . This also takes up the poem by John Betjeman :

Come friendly bombs and fall on Slough!
It isn't fit for humans now,
There isn't grass to graze a cow.

The Tiger Lillies have also dedicated a song ( Slough ) to the city , which refers to this poem with the lines Drop a bomb on Slough .

Town twinning

sons and daughters of the town


Web links

Commons : Slough  - album with pictures, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. Mid 2018 Estimates of the population for the UK, England and Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland
  2. ^ Jürgen Goldstein: Georg Forster. Between freedom and the force of nature . 3. Edition. Matthes & Seitz, Berlin 2016, p. 161 f .
  3. ^ Parish councils on the Slough Borough Council website, accessed April 8, 2018