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Location: Berkshire (Berks), England, UK.

Postcode: SL6

Dialling Code: 01628

Population: 78,000 (2011)

Maidenhead - A historic town with a history stretching back to early Anglo-Saxon periods, Maidenhead is located in Berkshire (Berks) county in the Home Counties, within the Borough of Windsor & Maidenhead roughly forty km from the City of London. The town has a populace of close to 78,000 occupants and lies beside the River Thames. Maidenhead is a big 'dormitory' suburb of the city of London, but is still a good centre for checking out the appealing nearby countryside. The Thames at this point is crossed by an eighteenth century road bridge along with a stunning railway bridge fabricated in eighteen thirty eight by the clever engineer Isambard Kingdom Brunel, the rail bridge is the setting for Joseph Mallord Turner's work 'Rain, Steam & Speed'. The river at Maidenhead is furthermore renowned for Boulter's Lock, a well-liked boating rendezvous and beauty spot. West of Maidenhead is the Courage Shire Horse Centre, a place that the widely recognized brewery's 12 Shire horses can be seen, along with a display on the background of the horses. In the town itself you can observe almshouses dating from mid-seventeenth century. The Harry Reitlinger Bequest is an intriguing collection of paintings, sculpture, glassware & pottery. Ray Mill Island is a park, & the mill was later turned into a hotel. The famed National Trust house of Cliveden stands high above in neighbouring Taplow.

The Historical Past of Maidenhead: The original settlement of Maiden Hythe evolved beside the the Thames during the days of the Saxons. The celebrated bridge across the Thames was built in around 1777 (at a cost of £19,000), the original wooden bridge, first put up in 1255 had a wharf built adjacent to it and this is where the town is supposed to have derived its current name (from 'New Wharf' or 'Maiden Hythe'). After the erection of this first bridge, Maidenhead developed into an essential resting place for travellers making the journey from London to Bath.

Maidenhead Bridge and River Thames - geograph.org.uk - 205285The train came to Maidenhead in 1838 (Great Western Railway) & a rail bridge was constructed over the River Thames designed by the remarkable Isambard Kingdom Brunel. In the 19th Century Maidenhead became a very popular riverside destination for the wealthy and rich of London & the hotel beside the Thames became the hang-out of well known playboys of those times. Following the arrival of the railway service Maidenhead expanded quickly and in 1894 it separated from the parishes of Cookham and Bray, becoming a town in its own right.

Twenty-first century Maidenhead is in the heart of 'communter country' & its ideal setting on the A4/ M4 makes it a fundamental town for the area. Although many commute from Maidenhead to Central london & various other big towns in the area, the town itself has a certain amount of light industry and employs many in such market sectors as computer software, plastics & pharmaceuticals.

Maidenhead is famous for its soccer team Maidenhead United (nicknamed the Magpies) who play at York Rd one of the oldest grounds in the world. Maidenhead United were established in 1870 & were one of the first 15 teams in the first F.A. Cup tournament which took place in 1871-72.

Maidenhead Things to Do: Amongst the biggest visitor attractions for anyone going to Maidenhead is undoubtedly the River Thames itself, with its water related facilities, its natural splendor, its flora and fauna and its stunning riverside walks. If for no other justification than this, the town is seriously worth a visit. For people enthusiastic about the history of Maidenhead, the Maidenhead Heritage Centre and Museum must be the first port of call. Here you can learn about Maidenhead history since the Roman era up to the present day and see documents, photos and artifacts related to Maidenhead and its historic past. Movie lovers might well just want to pop along to the eight-screen Odeon cinema, whilst sporting fans could go to watch Maidenhead United play football at their York Road pitch, or else visit the Magnet Leisure Centre enjoying its first class pool and amazing selection of activities and sports provided for the local community and visitors alike.

You could also visit: Dorney Court, Snakes and Ladders at Slough, Riverside Gardens and Play Area, Skirmish Wycombe, Bracknell Ski Slope, Jungle Mania (Bourne End), Beeches, Bracknell Leisure Centre, Homefield Wood, Odeon Multiplex Cinema, Cheeky Charlies Play Centre, Hobbs of Henley, Thames Valley Adventure Playground, Slough Ice Arena, Black Park, Premier Karting, Popes Meadow, Wayside Stables, Montem Leisure Centre, Monkey Mates Play Centre, Cocksherd Bluebell Wood (Britwell), Tenpin Maidenhead (Tenpin Bowling), Wycombe Museum, Bracknell Ice Skating, Stanley Spencer Gallery, Ray Mill Island, Thames Valley Falconry Center, Museum of Berkshire Aviation, Dinton Pastures Country Park, Church Wood, Bisham Woods.

A selection of Maidenhead streets and roads: Holly Drive, Winter Hill, Spencers Lane, Boulters Close, Barrs Road, Buffins, Clarefield Road, Redriff Close, Mossy Vale, Bramley Close, Bix Lane, Rolls Lane, Newlands Drive, River Court, Lyneham Gardens, Green Lane, Bridge Avenue, Moor End, Lees Close, Beaufort Place, Amerden Lane, Phipps Close, Harrow Close, Hillside, Folly Way, Old Court Close, Ellington Gardens, Hag Hill Rise, In The Ray, Salters Close, Breadcroft Road, Elizabeth Close, Wootton Way, Holmwood Close, North Town Close, Gainsborough, Peters Lane, The Shaw, Great Hill Crescent, Station Hill, Thicket Grove, Peace Lane, Forlease Road, Lynton Green, Belmont Vale, Barnfield Close, Bedford Close, Rainsborough Chase, Court Close, Avondale, Finch Court.

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