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Location: Berkshire (Berks), England, United Kingdom.

Postcode: SL6

Dialling Code: 01628

Population: 78,000 (2011)

Maidenhead - An ancient town with a story stretching back to far off Anglo-Saxon days, Maidenhead is located in the county of Berkshire in the Home Counties, within the Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead around 25 mls from the centre of London. The town has got a populace of approximately seventy eight thousand and stands on the River Thames. The town of Maidenhead is a big 'dormitory' suburb of the city of London, and yet is still a good setting for discovering the nearby countryside. The River Thames at this point is spanned by an 18th century road bridge along with a superb railway bridge designed in 1838 by the remarkable engineer Isambard Kingdom Brunel, the rail bridge was the setting for Joseph Turner's painting 'Rain, Steam and Speed'. The River Thames at Maidenhead is additionally well known for Boulter's Lock, a favourite boating meeting place and beauty spot. West of Maidenhead is the Courage Shire Horse Centre, a place that the widely recognized brewers 12 Shire horses can be seen, together with a presentation on the story of the horses. In the town itself you can find almshouses dating from as far back as sixteen fifty nine. The Harry Reitlinger Bequest is a remarkable collection of paintings, sculpture, pottery and glassware. Ray Mill Island is a park, & the mill was later turned into a hotel. The famous National Trust run Cliveden looks down on the Thames in neighbouring Taplow.

Maidenhead Historical Past: The initial settlement of Maidenhythe evolved by the river in Saxon times. The celebrated bridge across the river was erected in about 1777 (at a cost of nineteen thousand pounds), the original bridge of wood construction, first built in 1255 had a wharf adjacent to it and this is from where the town is assumed to have been named (taken from 'New Wharf' or 'Maiden Hythe'). Following the establishment of this first bridge, Maidenhead grew to become a significant stopping off point for travellers making the journey from Bath to London.

Maidenhead Bridge and River Thames - geograph.org.uk - 205285The railway line arrived in Maidenhead in 1838 (Great Western Railway) & a railway bridge was erected over the Thames to a design by the amazing Isambard Kingdom Brunel. Throughout the Nineteenth Century Maidenhead became a very popular riverside destination for the affluent & wealthy of London & the hotel by the riverbank became the hang-out of notorious playboys of the day. Soon after the arrival of the railway service Maidenhead expanded rapidly and in 1894 it split up from the parishes of Bray and Cookham, to become a town in its own right.

Twenty-first century Maidenhead is in the centre of 'communter country' and its strategic location on the M4/A4 renders it a vital commercial centre for the region. While many commute from Maidenhead to The City & various other large towns in the area, Maidenhead itself has some light industry and employs many in such market sectors as computer software, plastics and pharmaceuticals.

Maidenhead is known in sporting circles for its soccer team Maidenhead United (nicknamed the Magpies) which plays at York Rd recognized as one of the oldest football grounds around the world. Maidenhead United were formed in eighteen seventy & were one of the first 15 teams in the 1st F.A. Cup tournament held in 1871-72.

Things to Do in Maidenhead: Certainly one of the principal points of interest for those going to Maidenhead is undoubtedly the River Thames itself, with its boating facilities, its natural splendor, its wildlife and its pretty riverside walks. If no reason other than this, Maidenhead is truly worth checking out. For any interested by the history of Maidenhead, the Maidenhead Heritage Centre and Museum should be the first port of call. Here you'll learn about Maidenhead history from Roman days up to the present day and look at photographs, written documents and antiquities related to the town and its historic past. Film fans might well choose to head for the eight-screen Odeon multiplex cinema, while sports addicts might go and see the local Maidenhead United play football at their York Road stadium, or possibly visit the Magnet Leisure Centre with its awesome pool and huge array of activities and sports provided for the local people and visitors alike.

You could also visit: Bekonscot Model Village, Church Wood, Thames Valley Adventure Playground, Slough Ice Arena, Monkey Mates Play Centre, Absolutely Karting, Windsor Great Park, Old Thatch Gardens, Braywick Nature Centre, Dorney Court, Legoland Windsor, Savill Garden, Thames Valley Falconry Center, Maidenhead Steam Navigation Company, Bracknell Ice Skating, Wayside Stables, Langley Leisure Centre, Jungle Mania (Bourne End), Odeon Multiplex Cinema, Snakes and Ladders at Slough, Sector 7 Laser (Combat Gaming), Slough Museum, River and Rowing Museum, Hobbs of Henley, Edwards Amusements, Waltham Place, Bracknell Ski Slope, Odds Farm Park, Dinton Pastures Country Park, Tenpin Maidenhead (Tenpin Bowling), Playtrain.

A selection of Maidenhead streets and roads: Church Hill, Highway Avenue, Berkeley Close, Poplars Grove, Tithe Barn Drive, Lovelace Close, Wavell Road, Harcourt Close, Castle Hill Terrace, Hills Lane, Garden Close, Norden Meadows, Walker Road, Beaumont Close, Thicket Grove, Warners Hill, Frogmill Court, Maple Close, Holly Drive, Fane Way, Stonefield Park, Oaken Grove, Ellington Court, Ray Lodge Mews, Cresswells Mead, Redriff Close, Paget Drive, Riseley Road, Arlington Close, Bardney Close, Vauxhall Road, Hedingham Mews, Belmont Drive, Longleat Gardens, Princess Street, Lillibrooke Crescent, Quarry Wood, The Binghams, Highfield Lane, Islet Park, Lowbrook Drive, Doranne Orchard, Linden Avenue, Westbrook, Michael Close, Kidwells Close, Stonehouse Lane, Hatfield Close, Compton Drive, Courtlands, Bargeman Road.

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