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Location: Berkshire, Home Counties, UK.

Postcode: SL6

Dialling Code: 01628

Population: 78,000 (2011)

Maidenhead - An old town with a historic past going back to early Anglo-Saxon periods, Maidenhead can be found in Berkshire county in the Home Counties, in the Royal Borough of Windsor & Maidenhead roughly 40 kilometres from the centre of London. It has got a resident population of approximately 78,000 & lies on the banks of the River Thames. Maidenhead is a significant 'dormitory' suburb of the city of London, nevertheless is a good centre for exploring the nearby countryside. The Thames here is crossed by an eighteenth century road bridge and also a terrific railway bridge built in eighteen thirty eight by the tremendous engineer Isambard Kingdom Brunel, the railway bridge was the setting of Turner's work 'Rain, Steam & Speed'. The River Thames at Maidenhead is also renowned for Boulter's Lock, a fashionable boating meeting place and beauty spot. To the west of the town you can find the Courage Shire Horse Centre, where the widely known brewers twelve Shire horses can be viewed, together with a presentation on the historic past of those horses. In Maidenhead town itself you can observe almshouses dating from as long ago as the mid-17th century. The Harry Reitlinger Bequest is an interesting collection of paintings, sculpture, glassware & pottery. Ray Mill Island is a park, and the mill was later turned into a hotel. The well known Italianate mansion Cliveden looks down on the Thames in nearby Taplow.

The Historical Past of Maidenhead: The former settlement of Maiden Hythe grew up by the the Thames during the days of the Saxons. The famed bridge across the River Thames was built in about 1777 (for around nineteen thousand pounds), the initial wooden bridge, first built in 1255 had a wharf built next to it and it is from this that the town is believed to have got its name (from 'New Wharf' or 'Maiden Hythe'). After the building of this 1st bridge, Maidenhead grew into a very important stop off place for travellers taking the route from London to Bath.

Maidenhead Bridge and River Thames - geograph.org.uk - 205285The railway came to Maidenhead in 1838 (Great Western Railway) & a rail bridge was built over the river to a design by the exceptional Isambard Kingdom Brunel. Over the 19th Century Maidenhead became a popular riverside resort for the prosperous and affluent of London & the hotel adjacent to the river became the haunt of well known playboys of those times. Following the arrival of the railway Maidenhead expanded dramatically and in 1894 it separated from the parishes of Bray & Cookham, to become a town in its own right.

Present day Maidenhead is in the midst of 'communter country' & its key spot on the M4/A4 makes it a crucial commercial centre for the region. While many travel from Maidenhead to Central london & various other big towns in the area, Maidenhead itself has some light industry & provides jobs for many in such market sectors as computer software, pharmaceuticals & plastics.

Maidenhead is known in sports circles for its football team Maidenhead United (called the Magpies) who play at York Rd claimed to be one of the oldest grounds on the globe. Maidenhead United were established in 1870 & were one of the original 15 entrants in the 1st F.A. Cup tournament which took place in 1871-72.

Maidenhead Places of Interest: Among the biggest sights for tourists visiting Maidenhead is of course the Thames itself, with its boating facilities, its natural beauty, its wildlife and its stunning riverside walks. If for no other justification than that, the town is really worth the trip. For everybody curious about the history of Maidenhead, the Maidenhead Heritage Centre and Museum is a must. There you can find out about Maidenhead history from Roman times along to the present day and see artefacts, photographs and records related to Maidenhead and its historical background. Film enthusiasts might well want to pop along to the 8-screen Odeon cinema, whilst sports addicts may go and watch Maidenhead United play football at their York Road ground, or even visit the Magnet Leisure Centre using its superb pool and massive range of recreation activities and sports available for the local people and visitors alike.

You could also visit: Cheeky Charlies Play Centre, Big Fun 4 Kids Indoor Playcentre, Bracknell Leisure Centre, E J Churchill Shooting Ground, Skirmish Wycombe, Dorney Court, Bisham Woods, Monkey Mates Play Centre, Maidenhead Steam Navigation Company, Kidwells Park, Dinton Pastures Country Park, Snakes and Ladders at Slough, Thames Valley Adventure Playground, Hobbs of Henley, Odds Farm Park, Waltham Place, Extreme Motion Skate Park, Bracknell Ski Slope, Cliveden Gardens and Maze, Windsor Great Park, Berkshire Paintball Park, Old Thatch Gardens, Braywick Nature Centre, Bekonscot Model Village, Langley Leisure Centre, Savill Garden, Montem Leisure Centre, Absolutely Karting, Black Park, River and Rowing Museum, Odeon Multiplex Cinema.

A selection of Maidenhead streets and roads: Wakelins End, Michael Close, Coln Close, Ray Lea Close, Upper Bray Road, Ray Mill Road West, Boulters Lock Island, Strande Lane, Winter Hill, Ivy Close, Warners Hill, Huntercombe Lane North, Highgrove Park, Headington Road, Winter Hill Road, Fairacre, Aldebury Road, Alwyn Road, Hockett Lane, Bishop Court, Lonsdale Close, Wootton Way, Byland Drive, Braybank, Sutton Road, Berry Hill, The Moor, Melton Court, Powney Road, The Glen, Holmanleaze, The Wickets, Foxborough Court, Farm Close, Honey Lane, Camley Park Drive, Heathlands Drive, Huntercombe Close, Bigfrith Lane, Hever Close, Monycrower Drive, Bettoney Vere, Cliveden Mead, Kidwells Close, Lambourne Drive, Merton Close, Hills Lane, Holyport Street, Dairy Court, Juniper Drive, Altwood Close.

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