Six facts you didn’t know about Slough
EVERYONE knows that Slough is famous for our chocolate factory, shopping area and iconic TV show The Office.
Yet some of the city’s history may surprise even the most seasoned residents.
Here are some interesting and unusual facts you might not know about Slough.
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The most ethnically diverse cities in the country
Detailed figures from the last census in 2011 revealed that the city had the highest proportion of Asian / British Asian residents anywhere in England and Wales, with 40
Slough also had the lowest proportion of white English / Welsh / Scottish / Northern Irish residents outside of London anywhere in England and Wales, at just 35%.
Fiona Mactaggart, MP for Slough at the time, said she was delighted with the town’s ethnic diversity.
“Businesses tell me that this diversity is one of the reasons they invest in our city.”
The very first zebra crossing was invented in Slough at the Road Research Laboratory in Langley.
Unfortunately, the original, created in 1951, no longer exists as the area has since been pedestrianized.
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The invention of wheelie bins
The modern plastic wheelie bin was invented by Slough-based company Frank Rotherham Moldings on March 12, 1968.
It was initially used only for transporting waste from one area to another within the plant. However, the new design was spotted by a sharp-eyed health and safety inspector.
He saw the potential to reduce back injuries suffered by garbage collection officers when lifting the heavy trash can without metal wheels that was common in Britain at the time.
The first female scientist to be paid
Pioneer astronomer Caroline Herschel moved to Slough in 1786, having been born in Germany 36 years earlier.
The woman scientist discovered eight comets, rediscovered another and assembled a catalog of 560 previously unrecorded stars and was also the first woman to be paid for her contribution to science.
Creation of Thunderbirds
Gerry Anderson’s iconic British Thunderbirds puppet show was filmed at SEGRO’s Slough Trading Estate.
It was originally written, produced and filmed at the Slough Trading Estate between 1964 and 1966.
One piece of Slough’s history everyone should know about is the stuffed dog that proudly stands in a display case on Platform 5.
The dog was a canine collector for the Great Western Railway Widows and Orphans Fund from 1894 until his death in 1896.
After his death, he was displayed in a display case with a piggy bank to allow fundraising after his death.
Station Jim was brought to the station when he was three months old and when he was little he was carried in the pocket of the railroad porter.
He was first taught to use the catwalk rather than crossing the rails, which he continued to do until his death.
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