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Location: Berkshire, England, United Kingdom.

Postcode: SL6

Dialling Code: 01628

Population: 78,000 (2011)

Maidenhead - An ancient town with a historical past going back to far off Saxon periods, Maidenhead is situated in Berks county in the Home Counties, within the Royal Borough of Windsor & Maidenhead around forty kilometres from London's centre. Maidenhead has a populace of approximately 78,000 occupants & lies on the banks of the River Thames. Maidenhead is a considerable 'dormitory' suburb of the city of London, however is a great site for exploring the nearby countryside. The Thames here is crossed by an eighteenth century road bridge in addition to a stunning railway bridge built in the mid-1800's by the fantastic engineer Isambard Kingdom Brunel, the railway bridge was the setting of Joseph Turner's painting 'Rain, Steam and Speed'. The River Thames at Maidenhead is in addition noted for Boulter's Lock, a favorite boating meeting place and beauty spot. West of Maidenhead you can find the Courage Shire Horse Centre, a place that the renowned brewers 12 Shire horses can be viewed, accompanied by a display on the heritage of those horses. In the town itself you can see almshouses dating from as long ago as the 17th century. The Harry Reitlinger Bequest is an exciting collection of sculpture, paintings, glassware & pottery. Ray Mill Island is a public park, and the mill is now a hotel. The famed house of Cliveden looks down on the river in neighbouring Taplow.

Maidenhead Historical Past: The original settlement of Maidenhythe developed by the river in Saxon times. The well known bridge across the river was erected in around 1777 (at a cost of nineteen thousand pounds), the initial wooden bridge, first erected in 1255 had a wharf adjacent to it & this is where the town is considered to have derived its current name (taken from 'New Wharf' or 'Maiden Hythe'). Soon after the establishment of this first bridge, Maidenhead grew to become a crucial stopping off place for travellers making the route from London to Bath.

Maidenhead Bridge and River Thames - geograph.org.uk - 205285The train arrived at Maidenhead in 1838 (Great Western Railway) and a railway bridge was erected over the River Thames to a design by the great Isambard Kingdom Brunel. Over the 19th Century Maidenhead developed into popular riverside destination for London's affluent and prosperous & the hotel beside the riverbank became the haunt of notorious playboys of those times. Following the arrival of the railway line the town grew rather quickly & in 1894 it split up from the parishes of Bray & Cookham, becoming a town in its own right.

Current day Maidenhead is in the midst of 'communter country' & its strategic location on the M4/A4 helps it be a very important town for the area. While a great many commute from Maidenhead to The City & other major towns in the area, the town itself has some light industry & provides jobs for many in such sectors as plastics, pharmaceuticals and computer software.

Maidenhead is respected for its soccer team Maidenhead United (referred to as the Magpies) which plays at York Road claimed to be one of the oldest football grounds in the world. Maidenhead United were formed in 1870 and were one of the original 15 entrants in the very first F.A. Cup tournament held in 1871-72.

Tourist Attractions in Maidenhead: Undoubtedly one of the leading points of interest for tourists going to Maidenhead is without doubt the River Thames itself, with its boating, its natural charm, its flora and fauna and its pretty riverside walks. If no purpose other than that, the town is well worth a look. For all those fascinated by the history of Maidenhead, the Maidenhead Heritage Centre and Museum is a must visit place. There you can find out about Maidenhead history since the Roman times up to the present and look at photos, artifacts and records related to the town and its historic past. Movie aficionados might well want to pop along to the 8-screen Odeon cinema, whereas sports addicts could go and watch the local Maidenhead United play soccer at their York Road stadium, or else check out the Magnet Leisure Centre using its excellent pool and massive choice of activities and sports provided for the local people and visitors alike.

You could also visit: Thames Valley Falconry Center, Savill Garden, Extreme Motion Skate Park, Cheeky Charlies Play Centre, Hobbs of Henley, Cocksherd Bluebell Wood (Britwell), Premier Karting, Gleniffer Stables, Homefield Wood, Longridge Activity Centre (Marlow), Beeches, Old Thatch Gardens, Kidwells Park, Sector 7 Laser (Combat Gaming), Maidenhead Steam Navigation Company, Thames Valley Adventure Playground, Cliveden Gardens and Maze, Odds Farm Park, Berkshire Paintball Park, Slough Ice Arena, Church Wood, Stanley Spencer Gallery, Pullingshill Wood, Wayside Stables, Snakes and Ladders at Slough, Slough Museum, Waltham Place, Braywick Nature Centre, Ray Mill Island, Bisham Woods, Monkey Mates Play Centre.

A selection of Maidenhead streets and roads: Firs Lane, Strande Lane, Long Lane, Grafton Close, North Green, Stafferton Way, Paget Drive, Amberley Court, Leighton Gardens, Connaught Close, Bargeman Road, Fishery Road, East Paddock, Ebsworth Close, Hillside, Castle Court, Hever Close, Fullbrook Close, Halifax Way, Smewins Road, Abell Gardens, Purssell Close, Bradcutts Lane, Larchfield Road, Hearne Drive, Compton Drive, Killarney Drive, Langton Close, Foxborough Court, Penling Close, Graham Road, Furrow Way, Rutland Road, Huntercombe Close, Laggan Road, Cherwell Close, Fernley Court, Highfield Road, Lynton Green, Foliejohn Way, Birdwood Road, Marsh Lane, Forlease Close, Wessex Way, Ray Lea Close, Ashton Place, Rambler Close, Quarry Wood, College Road, Stroud Farm Road, Windsor Road.

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