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When the Romans arrived in AD 43, primitive bridges over the River Thames and the Colne already existed, and it is believed that this was the basis for the Romans naming Staines ‘Ad Pontes’ which means ‘The Bridges’. Staines developed into a prosperous riverside market town throughout the Middle Ages and as a result of the flat, fertile surrounding land, it was also home to a strong rural farming community. In the 19th century, however, industry arrived in force, mainly accelerated by the arrival of the railway in 1848.
A major redevelopment over recent years has resulted in a pleasant, pedestrianised High Street, with an extended range of shops and facilities. Staines is a commuter haven, with immediate access onto the motorway network via the M25 and the M3 at Junction 12. Heathrow is a mere ten-minute drive away, and frequent train services run direct to London Waterloo in around 30 minutes.
You will find a complete mixture of property in Staines-upon-Thames, from immaculate penthouse riverside apartments to large riverside homes with their own private moorings, to terraced Victorian cottages and three/four bedroom 1930’s semi-detached family homes. The population for Staines-upon-Thames is approximately 25,000.
In 2012 the town’s name was officially changed from Staines to Staines-upon-Thames to promote its riverside location and boost its economy.