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Location: Berkshire (Berks), Home Counties, UK.

Postcode: SL6

Dialling Code: 01628

Population: 78,000 (2011)

Maidenhead - An old town with a story harping back to early Anglo-Saxon times, Maidenhead can be found in the county of Berks (Berkshire) in the Home Counties, in the Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead approximately forty kilometers from the centre of London. It has a populace of roughly seventy eight thousand inhabitants & sits on the banks of the River Thames. The town of Maidenhead is a significant 'dormitory' suburb of the city of London, but it is a great area for checking out the nearby countryside. The Thames here is traversed by an 18th century road bridge as well as a stunning railway bridge designed in eighteen thirty eight by the exceptional engineer Isambard Kingdom Brunel, the railway bridge was the subject of J M W Turner's work 'Rain, Steam and Speed'. The River Thames at Maidenhead is furthermore well known for Boulter's Lock, a favourite boating rendezvous & beauty spot. To the west of the town you can find the Courage Shire Horse Centre, where the widely known brewers Shire horses can be viewed, along with a display on the the historical past of those horses. In the town itself are almshouses dating from as far back as the mid-17th century. The Harry Reitlinger Bequest is a great collection of paintings, sculpture, glassware and pottery. Ray Mill Island is a park, and the mill is now a hotel. The acclaimed National Trust run Cliveden stands high above in nearby Taplow.

Maidenhead History: The first settlement of Maidenhythe evolved beside the the Thames in the days of the Saxons. The famed bridge across the River Thames was erected in about 1777 (for around £19,000), the original bridge of wood construction, first erected in 1255 had a wharf built alongside it and it is from this that the town is understood to have got its name (from 'New Wharf' or 'Maiden Hythe'). Soon after the building of this 1st bridge, Maidenhead evolved into a significant stopping place for travellers taking the journey from Bath to London.

Maidenhead Bridge and River Thames - geograph.org.uk - 205285The train found its way to Maidenhead in 1838 (Great Western Railway) & a rail bridge was constructed over the River Thames designed by the remarkable Isambard Kingdom Brunel. Throughout the Nineteenth Century Maidenhead became a very popular riverside destination for London's prosperous and affluent & the hotel alongside the river came to be the haunt of infamous playboys of those times. Following the arrival of the railway service the town expanded rather quickly and in 1894 it split from the parishes of Bray and Cookham, becoming a town in its own right.

Modern day Maidenhead is in the centre of 'communter country' & its key setting on the A4/ M4 makes it an important commercial centre for the area. While a good many commute from Maidenhead to The City & some other large towns in the area, the town itself has a certain amount of light industry and provides jobs for many workers in such market sectors as computer software, pharmaceuticals & plastics.

Maidenhead is famous for its soccer team Maidenhead United (referred to as the Magpies) who play at York Rd recognized as one of the oldest football grounds on the globe. Maidenhead United were established in eighteen seventy and were one of the first fifteen teams in the first F.A. Cup competition which took place in 1871-72.

Tourist Attractions in and Near Maidenhead: Amongst the most popular points of interest for those going to Maidenhead is unquestionably the Thames itself, with its boating, its natural splendor, its wildlife and its attractive riverside walks. If for no other reason than that, the town is worthy of checking out. For everybody eager to learn about the history of Maidenhead, the Maidenhead Heritage Centre and Museum should be the first port of call. Here you can find out about Maidenhead history from the Roman era up to modern times and examine written documents, photographs and artefacts pertaining to Maidenhead and its background. Film fanatics might well choose to go to the 8-screen Odeon cinema, while sporting addicts could go and watch the local Maidenhead United play football at their York Road pitch, or even visit the Magnet Leisure Centre with its wonderful swimming pool and vast selection of sports and recreation activities available for the local people and visitors alike.

You could also visit: Cocksherd Bluebell Wood (Britwell), Playtrain, Savill Garden, Sector 7 Laser (Combat Gaming), Church Wood, Absolutely Karting, Dorney Court, Maidenhead Steam Navigation Company, River and Rowing Museum, Cliveden Gardens and Maze, Homefield Wood, Snakes and Ladders at Slough, Dinton Pastures Country Park, Edwards Amusements, Thames Valley Adventure Playground, Montem Leisure Centre, Kidwells Park, Langley Leisure Centre, Cheeky Charlies Play Centre, Whoosh Play Centre, Legoland Windsor, Windsor Castle, Popes Meadow, Wycombe Museum, Extreme Motion Skate Park, Waltham Place, Ray Mill Island, Beeches, Slough Museum, Museum of Berkshire Aviation, Bracknell Ice Skating.

A selection of Maidenhead streets and roads: Altwood Road, Denham Close, Barrs Road, Belmont Park Avenue, Alvista Avenue, Juniper Drive, Burcot Gardens, Clivemont Road, Cliveden Mead, Hardwick Close, Ross Road, Collier Close, Hazell Close, Rambler Close, Boulters Gardens, Vauxhall Road, Ostler Gate, Pearce Close, Langworthy Lane, Beaumont Close, Altwood Bailey, New Road, Stompits Road, Belmont Drive, Elmwood, Gordon Road, Grange Road, Winter Hill Road, Sherbourne Drive, St Patricks Close, Boyn Hill Road, Monycrower Drive, Grove Road, Byland Drive, Repton Close, Haddon Road, Switchback Road North, Stratford Gardens, Homestead Road, Hibbert Road, Belmont Park Road, Rixman Close, Woodlands Park Road, Aldwick Drive, Westborough Court, Woodmoor End, Mapledurham Walk, Grosvenor Drive, Palmers Close, Halifax Close, The Binghams.

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