Egham Hythe is a compact conservation area, centred on a small enclave of properties adjoining the River Thames.
It is probable that the Roman crossing place of the River Thames was very close to this spot, being a natural berthing point due to the bend in the river and the confluence with the River Colne on the north bank. Hythe is the old word for harbour, indicating that this continued to be an important docking area for the many river craft which traded at Staines since Roman times.
There has been a settlement here since at least 1369; today the picturesque row of 18th century style cottages back on to the Thames towpath (wharf) and together with the 17th Century Swan Hotel front the ancient road which lead to the original bridging place of the Thames.
The character of the area has been protected by the building of the modern Staines bridge upstream.