Slough's history

Slough's growth

When the railway from London to the west was built, Slough Station opened in 1840. By 1841 the population was twice the size it had been in 1831, but the population was still only 2405 people! By 1891 the population was 7,700.

In the 1920s the trading estate began to develop, and people began to arrive in Slough from other parts of the country, looking for work. After the Second World War, housing estates in Britwell and Langley were built to re-house Londoners whose homes had been destroyed in bombing raids.

Since the 1960s, Slough's employment opportunities and location have encouraged a steady stream of people from other countries or regions to settle in the town. The population has now reached around 149,000 people.