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Old 03-09-2012, 12:57 AM   #125
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Staines-upon-Thames, often referred to by its former name Staines , is a town on the north bank of the River Thames in the borough of Spelthorne in Surrey, England (historically in Middlesex). The town changed its official name from Staines to Staines-upon-Thames on 20 May 2012...
The town is within the western bounds of the M25 motorway and located 17 miles (27 km) west south-west of Charing Cross in London. It is within the London Commuter Belt of South East England and the built-up Greater London Urban Area. It is located on the Thames Path National Trail...
The town was the major producer of linoleum, a type of floor covering, after the formation of the Linoleum Manufacturing Company in 1864 by its inventor, Frederick Walton. Linoleum became the main industry of the town and was a major employer in the area up until the 1960s. In 1876 about 220 and in 1911 about 350 people worked in the plant. By 1957 it employed some 300 people and in 1956 the factory produced about 2675 m2 of linoleum each week...

The town was the site of the Staines air disaster in 1972, at the time the worst air crash in Britain until the Lockerbie disaster of 1988...The emperor Claudius sent the Romans into Britain in 43 A.D and they settled in Staines the same year. Soon after this invasion the first Staines Bridge was constructed to provide an important Thames crossing point on main road from Londinium (London) to Calleva Atrebatum, near the present-day village of Silchester. The name Staines comes from the Old English, meaning "[the place at the] stone[s]". The equivalent Roman name was "ad Pontes" (plural "at the bridges") implying that there was more than one bridge and it is believed that these bridges traversed Church Island...

Mr Gleeson, also a keen golfer, was proud that his pub had been featured in the Campaign for Real Ale’s Good Pub Guide for 10 consecutive years and he was a hero to many who knew him.Ms Goode explained: “He was awarded a certificate by the Royal Humane Society after saving and resuscitating a drowning man in the Thames by Staines bridge in 1982...

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