Slough ranked last in a cut-throat Daily Telegraph list of the ugliest towns in Britain with the blaming being pointed at the number of pound shops on high street
Britain’s ‘ugliest town’ has been revealed in a list of not-so-desirable destinations.
At just 30 minutes out of London on the Elizabeth Line, Slough scored a measly 12/50 in The Telegraph’s brutal ranking of British towns based on how aesthetically pleasing they are to the visitor’s eye. The Berkshire commuter town came last out of 1,250 locations across England, Wales and Scotland.
Poor Slough’s harsh critique included a 0/10 rating for shop fronts and a 2/10 score for historic architecture. It’s a stark contrast to Lewes in East Sussex, which scored an impressive 46/50 overall, earning it the title of the UK’s prettiest town.
Travel experts across the country were asked to rate various aspects of towns across Great Britain. They evaluated the pleasantness of shop fronts, historic architecture, low traffic/litter, stunning viewpoints and plentiful greenery, resulting in a total score out of 50.
Among the others highlighted as being not-so attractive were Telford in Shropshire, Merthyr Tydfil in South Wales and Stanley, County Durham. Queensferry, West Lothian, Ilkley in West Yorkshire and Rye, East Sussex, were among those with the accolade of Britain’s prettiest gems.
The Telegraph’s description of Slough begins with a reference to John Betjemen’s 1937 protest poem where he wrote “Come friendly bombs and fall on Slough…” His words became a reality when the Luftwaffe bombed parts of the town during the Second World War.
The redevelopment of Slough, which took on a cheap brutalist style common in post-war architecture, has left many residents unhappy. Despite being located in the mostly affluent county of Berkshire, much of the town appears drab and rundown 70 years later.
“Today the town’s High Street has been rated one of the unhealthiest in the UK for its preponderance of takeaways and lack of leisure facilities, and pound shops colonise the stores that cling on in boxy 20th century shopfronts,” reports the Telegraph.
However, it’s not all doom and gloom. There are a few hidden gems in the area, such as the baked potato stand on the High Street run by local John Hughes for 32 years, and the Panjab Restaurant in Langley, which attracts visitors from across the country.
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