The main problems with Slough has been its rush mostly during the 1950s and 1960s to bulldoze old and attractive historic buildings in favour of new ugly developments. Obviously much of was done before the buildings could been listed. Slough could have had three times te number of protected buildings under these schemes and would have been a much more attractive town had this rush been stemmed. Consider Observatory House, home of astronomer William Herschel.
This Georgian house was built on the Windsor Road in Slough and was owned by the great astronomer William Herschel and his family. In the back he built a large telescope to make his observations.
The quality of the photograph suggests that it was taken either just pre Second World War or more probably post war possibly as late as the 1950s.
This photograph of the rear view of the property is significant because the circular flowerbed in the left foreground is where Herschel positioned his famous 40ft telescope.
I have developed a surprising passion that I never thought I would have about any aspect of Slough and it’s because of these two photographs. It occurs to me that Observatory House and its gardens would have made an ideal setting for Slough Museum and a cultural centre. Slough inevitably decided that this building, along with many others, that it was too good for the town and the developers were allowed to bring in the bulldozers to destroy it so that it could be replaced by some ugly development.
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