Exhibition looks back at history of infamous Skindles hotel

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Emma Billingham

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There’s a chance to explore the colourful past of the infamous Skindles hotel at a new exhibition at Maidenhead Heritage Centre.

The former hotel in Mill Lane, Taplow, which is being redeveloped by Berkeley Homes, hosted the Rolling Stones, former USA president Richard Nixon and John Lennon.

The exhibition starts in the 1700s when it was the Orkney Arms before being bought by Mr Skindle, a coachman who became landlord of the pub.

You can look at pictures from Skindles’ heyday of the 1970s and 80s when Valbonne nightclub was there, from wet T-shirt competitions, to the rich and famous who drank there.

Chairman of the Park Street centre, Richard Poad said: “I want there to be audience involvement so I’m asking people to leave a message of what they remember of Skindles.

“With the redevelopment I thought now was the right time to do the exhibition.”

The exhibition, which opened on Tuesday, will be on display until October 1.

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