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Located very near to Windsor and Eton, Slough may perhaps have been overshadowed by these grand neighbours in the past. Slough started life as a small hamlet on the Bristol Road out of London and continued as such for many centuries, developing only in a small way with the development of the stage coach services along the road.

It was the coming of the Great Western railway that transformed Slough from the sleepy Berkshire village it was into a thriving town with a huge range of employment opportunities.

Nowadays the town is so close to London's Heathrow Airport and the intersections of the M25 Motorway with the M4 and M40 Motorways that it has a pre-eminent position in the distribution and airfreight industry.

Because of its location on the motorway network Slough is ideally placed for the visitor with a hire car to journey to many of the attractions in the south and west of England. The city of Oxford is only a short drive away up the M40, whilst the World Heritage Site of the city of Bath is not much more than an hour way.

The prehistoric site of Avebury is located on the old route to Bath the A4 road and is a fascinating place to explore.

Altogether the sentiments of the poet John Betjeman, who lamented Slough in his oft-quoted poem ("Come, friendly bombs and fall on Slough") has surely been proved to be misconceived?

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