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

Postcode: SL6

Dialling Code: 01628

Population: 78,000 (2011)

Maidenhead - An old town with a history going back to far off Saxon times, Maidenhead is situated in Berks (Berkshire) county in the Home Counties, in the Borough of Windsor & Maidenhead about 40 km from the City of London. The town has got a population of approximately 78,000 and rests on the banks of the River Thames. The town of Maidenhead is a considerable 'dormitory' suburb of London, yet is a useful locality for checking out the gorgeous nearby countryside. The River Thames here is traversed by an eighteenth century road bridge plus a stunning railway bridge constructed in eighteen thirty eight by the outstanding engineer Isambard Kingdom Brunel, the railway bridge is the setting of Joseph Turner's work 'Rain, Steam and Speed'. The river at Maidenhead is furthermore renowned for Boulter's Lock, a popular boating assembly point and beauty spot. To the west of the town is the Courage Shire Horse Centre, where the widely known brewery's 12 Shire horses can be viewed, along with a display on the historic past of the horses. In Maidenhead town itself you can view almshouses dating from 1659. The Harry Reitlinger Bequest is an exciting collection of paintings, sculpture, pottery and glassware. Ray Mill Island is a public garden, & the mill is now a hotel. The celebrated Italianate mansion Cliveden stands high above in neighbouring Taplow.

Maidenhead Historic Past: The initial settlement of Maidenhythe grew up by the the River Thames in Saxon times. The famous bridge across the river was made in about 1777 (at a cost of £19,000), the initial bridge of wood construction, first erected in 1255 had a wharf next to it and this is where the town is considered to have derived its current name (taken from 'New Wharf' or 'Maiden Hythe'). Following the construction of this first bridge, Maidenhead got to be an essential stop off spot for travellers taking the journey from London to Bath.

Maidenhead Bridge and River Thames - geograph.org.uk - 205285The train arrived in Maidenhead in 1838 (Great Western Railway) & a railway bridge was constructed over the River Thames to a design by the exceptional Isambard Kingdom Brunel. In the Nineteenth Century Maidenhead became a popular riverside resort for London's rich & prosperous and the hotel alongside the riverbank came to be the hang-out of notorious playboys of those times. Following the coming of the railway line the town expanded rapidly & in 1894 it separated from the parishes of Bray & Cookham, to become a town in its own right.

Present day Maidenhead is in the centre of 'communter country' and its ideal location on the M4/A4 makes it a key town for the region. Even though many travel from Maidenhead to The city of london and some other big towns in the area, Maidenhead itself has a bit of light industry & employs many in such sectors as computer software, pharmaceuticals & plastics.

Maidenhead is known in sporting circles for its football team Maidenhead United (nicknamed the Magpies) who play at York Rd recognized as one of the oldest football grounds on the globe. Maidenhead United were established in 1870 and were one of the original 15 teams in the very first F.A. Cup competition held in 1871-72.

Things to Do in and Near Maidenhead: Among the chief visitor attractions for individuals visiting Maidenhead is undoubtedly the Thames itself, with its water related facilities, its natural beauty, its flora and fauna and its appealing riverside walks. If for no other reason than that, Maidenhead is worthy of checking out. For those enthusiastic about the history of Maidenhead, the Maidenhead Heritage Centre and Museum is a must visit place. There one can learn about Maidenhead history from the Roman times up to the present and examine photographs, relics and documents related to the town and its historic past. Movie buffs might well want to pop along to the 8-screen Odeon multiplex cinema, whilst sports addicts may go to watch Maidenhead United play soccer at their York Road stadium, or possibly go to the Magnet Leisure Centre enjoying its excellent swimming pool and vast choice of sports and activities available for the local community and visitors alike.

You could also visit: Braywick Nature Centre, Premier Karting, Riverside Gardens and Play Area, Slough Ice Arena, Cheeky Charlies Play Centre, Black Park, Absolutely Karting, Kidwells Park, Dinton Pastures Country Park, E J Churchill Shooting Ground, Longridge Activity Centre (Marlow), Odeon Multiplex Cinema, Pullingshill Wood, Extreme Motion Skate Park, Skirmish Wycombe, Homefield Wood, Stanley Spencer Gallery, Odds Farm Park, Windsor Castle, Bracknell Ski Slope, Gleniffer Stables, Berkshire Paintball Park, Bekonscot Model Village, Ray Mill Island, Cliveden Gardens and Maze, Maidenhead Steam Navigation Company, Wycombe Museum, Thames Valley Adventure Playground, Legoland Windsor, Dorney Court, Thames Valley Falconry Center.

A selection of Maidenhead streets and roads: White Rock, Shirley Road, Pinkneys Drive, The Moor, Terrys Lane, Avondale, Raymond Road, Kidwells Park Drive, Arkley Court, Holyport Road, Badminton Road, Bedwins Lane, Crescent Dale, Heywood Court Close, Stratford Gardens, Cresswells Mead, Walgrove Gardens, Ellington Park, Timbers Walk, Thatchers Drive, St Adrians Close, Garden Close, Autumn Walk, Oaken Grove, West Road, Green Close, Ray Lea Road, Southwood Road, Berries Road, Bass Mead, Salters Road, Avenue Road, Homeside Close, Hampden Road, Boulters Lock Island, Guards Club Road, Dorney Reach Road, The Tressel, Harcourt Road, Graham Close, Peters Lane, The Pound, Boundary Road, Headington Road, Deerswood, Denham Close, Darlings Lane, Hall Place Lane, Yew Tree Close, Boyn Hill Road, Coronation Road.

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