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Location: Berkshire, Home Counties, England, United Kingdom.

Postcode: SL6

Dialling Code: 01628

Population: 78,000 (2011)

Maidenhead - A historical town with a historical past harping back to far off Anglo-Saxon days, Maidenhead is situated in Berks (Berkshire) county in the Home Counties, in the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead around forty km from the centre of London. Maidenhead has got a resident population of close to seventy eight thousand inhabitants and stands on the River Thames. It is a big 'dormitory' suburb for London, nevertheless is a useful centre for discovering the nearby countryside. The River Thames here is traversed by an eighteenth century road bridge as well as a terrific railway bridge built in eighteen thirty eight by the clever engineer Isambard Kingdom Brunel, the railway bridge was the inspiration for Joseph Mallord Turner's work 'Rain, Steam & Speed'. The Thames at Maidenhead is additionally famous for Boulter's Lock, a well known boating rendezvous & beauty spot. Found to the west of the town is the Courage Shire Horse Centre, a place that the renowned brewers twelve Shire horses can be viewed, with a presentation on the historic past of those horses. In the town itself you will find almshouses dating from as long ago as mid-seventeenth century. The Harry Reitlinger Bequest is a great collection of sculpture, paintings, glassware & pottery. Ray Mill Island is a park, & the mill was later turned into a hotel. The famed National Trust house of Cliveden looks down on the Thames in nearby Taplow.

Maidenhead Historic Past: The former settlement of Maidenhythe evolved by the river during the times of the Saxons. The famed bridge across the river was made in about 1777 (at a cost of £19,000), the original wooden bridge, first erected in 1255 had a wharf beside it and it is from this that the town is believed to have derived its current name (from 'New Wharf' or 'Maiden Hythe'). Following the establishment of this first bridge, Maidenhead grew to become an excellent resting place for travellers on the route from London to Bath.

Maidenhead Bridge and River Thames - geograph.org.uk - 205285The train service arrived at Maidenhead in 1838 (Great Western Railway) & a rail bridge was constructed over the river designed by the great Isambard Kingdom Brunel. Throughout the 19th Century Maidenhead evolved into very popular riverside resort for London's wealthy and rich & the hotel by the riverbank became the hang-out of famous playboys of the day. Soon after the coming of the railway service the town grew dramatically & in 1894 it separated from the parishes of Cookham & Bray, turning into a town in its own right.

Today's Maidenhead is in the centre of 'communter country' and its handy spot on the A4/ M4 helps it be a significant town for the region. While a great many travel from Maidenhead to Central london & additional major towns in the area, Maidenhead itself has a reasonable amount of light industry and employs many in such sectors as computer software, plastics and pharmaceuticals.

Maidenhead is respected for its soccer team Maidenhead United (nicknamed the Magpies) which plays at York Road claimed to be one of the oldest football grounds around the world. Maidenhead United were established in eighteen seventy and were one of the first fifteen competitors in the 1st F.A. Cup tournament held in 1871-72.

Maidenhead Places to Visit: Without doubt one of the principal sights for anyone visiting Maidenhead is naturally the Thames itself, with its boating facilities, its natural charm, its wildlife and its attractive riverside walks. If no purpose other than this, Maidenhead is very well worth a look. For any enthusiastic about the history of Maidenhead, the Maidenhead Heritage Centre and Museum is a must visit place. Here you'll find out about Maidenhead history since Roman times right up to modern times and view photographs, documents and artifacts related to Maidenhead and its heritage. Film enthusiasts might well want to head for the eight-screen Odeon multiplex cinema, whilst sporting addicts could go and see the local Maidenhead United play soccer at their York Road stadium, or else go to the Magnet Leisure Centre enjoying its fantastic pool and massive array of recreation activities and sports provided for the local people and visitors alike.

You could also visit: E J Churchill Shooting Ground, Thames Valley Adventure Playground, Hobbs of Henley, Extreme Motion Skate Park, Premier Karting, Old Thatch Gardens, Pullingshill Wood, Windsor Great Park, Beeches, Gleniffer Stables, Riverside Gardens and Play Area, Odeon Multiplex Cinema, Montem Leisure Centre, Windsor Leisure Centre, Black Park, Slough Ice Arena, Skirmish Wycombe, Bracknell Leisure Centre, Absolutely Karting, Thames Valley Falconry Center, Edwards Amusements, Ray Mill Island, Jungle Mania (Bourne End), Popes Meadow, Sector 7 Laser (Combat Gaming), Longridge Activity Centre (Marlow), Legoland Windsor, Odds Farm Park, Bisham Woods, Wayside Stables, Bracknell Ice Skating.

A selection of Maidenhead streets and roads: Brock Lane, Wakelins End, Cheniston Grove, Grafton Close, Kings Lane, Lingholm Close, Suffolk Road, Farmers Way, Culham Drive, Sherwood Drive, Huntswood Lane, Saxon Gardens, Bakers Lane, Derek Road, Havelock Crescent, Frascati Way, Ledger Lane, Maypole Road, Highgrove Park, Shepherds Close, Fifield Road, Holly Drive, Ray Park Lane, High Street, Oldacres, Switchback Close, Melton Court, Woodcote, Park Corner, The Causeway, Gage Close, Meadow View Lane, Cedar Drive, Ashley Park, Merton Close, Boyn Hill Close, Kidwells Close, Breadcroft Road, Mulberry Walk, Vicarage Road, King Street, Littlefield Green, Beechwood Drive, Nicholsons Walk, Rutland Place, Conway Road, Brookdene Close, Rambler Close, Hill Farm Road, Bell Court, Cranbrook Drive.

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