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Rollout the Lino Statue, Staines
Spelthorne is a large borough lying to the West of London and immediately to the South of Heathrow Airport. The River Thames forms the southern boundary of the borough and unusually, whilst lying North of the river, Spelthorne is part of the administrative County of Surrey but traditionally was part of the old county of Middlesex. The borough contains several large suburban settlements, the largest being Staines upon Thames with the highest population, Sunbury on Thames, Ashford and Stanwell, but also the smaller charming riverside settlements of Laleham, Shepperton and Littleton, Halliford and Lower Sunbury.
The whole area is rich in archaeological evidence of early settlers, and it was discovered in the 1970s that Staines was established by the Romans when they built the first bridge across the Thames, and named the place 'Ad Pontes', or 'Pontibus'. The name Spelthorne, is derived from the Saxon words meaning 'Speaking Tree', and relates to the strategic position of Staines in ancient times at a convergence of several significant boundaries.
A large area of the borough is taken up with vast storage reservoirs providing Londoners with their water supply but they have the benefit of providing Spelthorne residents with a variety of leisure facilities. Despite its proximity to London, parts of the area remain quite rural with large areas of accessible common land still preserved in the borough, a 9 mile length of the Thames footpath along the southern edge, and many attractive open spaces carefully preserved for the enjoyment of the community.
The inventor of Lino, Frederick Walton, established a factory at Staines in 1864 and this continued to be the area's major employer until the factory closed in around 1970. The Linoleum industry is commemorated by a bronze statue of two workers, carrying a roll of Linoleum, which stands in Staines High Street.