Staines-upon-Thames – February 22nd February 2019

We took the day off work to take our son up to Heathrow airport for his trip to Texas and after dropping him off we popped to Staines-upon-Thames for lunch.  The town used to be called Staines, but was rebranded as Staines-upon-Thames on 20 May 2012 to try to get away from the negative connotations given to the town by the comedian Ali G, and also to highlight its proximity to the famous river to encourage visitors.  We didn’t have long to explore the area, unfortunately, but had a quick wander up the High Street, the location of Waterstones

Staines 22.02.19 (1)

Ground floor


First floor


These are by Chris Burke (who did lots of artwork for Ottakar’s, who were bought by Waterstones).  They are high up on the wall just inside the entrance door!


Staines 22.02.19 map

Sculpture commemorating the linoleum industry in the area


I loved this Art Deco style Marks & Spencer building – especially the clock!


These mosaic markers are at the end of the High Street – there are two at each end.


Currently reading:  The Corset by Laura Purcell

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