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Location: Berkshire (Berks), Home Counties, United Kingdom.

Postcode: SL6

Dialling Code: 01628

Population: 78,000 (2011)

Maidenhead - A historical town with a history stretching back to early Saxon times, Maidenhead can be found in the county of Berks (Berkshire) in the Home Counties, in the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead approximately 40 kilometers from London's centre. The town has got a populace of close to 78,000 occupants and stands on the banks of the River Thames. Maidenhead is a substantial 'dormitory' suburb for London, yet is a good location for checking out the lovely nearby countryside. The River Thames at this point is crossed by an eighteenth century road bridge & a wonderful railway bridge built in the mid-1800's by the remarkable engineer Isambard Kingdom Brunel, the railway bridge was the setting of J M W Turner's work 'Rain, Steam & Speed'. The river at Maidenhead is furthermore renowned for Boulter's Lock, a favourite boating rendezvous & beauty spot. West of Maidenhead is the Courage Shire Horse Centre, where the widely recognized brewery's twelve Shire horses can be viewed, together with a display on the heritage of those horses. In the town itself are almshouses dating from sixteen fifty nine. The Harry Reitlinger Bequest is an exciting collection of paintings, sculpture, glassware & pottery. Ray Mill Island is a public garden, and the mill is now a hotel. The widley known National Trust house of Cliveden stands high above in neighbouring Taplow.

The Historic Past of Maidenhead: The initial settlement of Maiden Hythe grew up around the the River Thames during the days of the Saxons. The well known bridge across the Thames was built in around 1777 (for around nineteen thousand pounds), the original wooden bridge, first erected in 1255 had a wharf built beside it & this is where the town is supposed to have got its name (from 'New Wharf' or 'Maiden Hythe'). After the construction of this 1st bridge, Maidenhead started to be a very important stop off place for travellers on the route from Bath to London.

Maidenhead Bridge and River Thames - geograph.org.uk - 205285The train arrived at Maidenhead in 1838 (Great Western Railway) & a rail bridge was constructed over the Thames designed by the outstanding Isambard Kingdom Brunel. In the 19th Century Maidenhead developed into highly popular riverside resort for London's wealthy and affluent and the hotel on the riverbank became the haunt of famous playboys of that time. After the coming of the railway Maidenhead expanded rapidly & in 1894 it separated from the parishes of Cookham & Bray, transforming into a town in its own right.

Present day Maidenhead is in the middle of 'communter country' and its ideal setting on the M4/A4 renders it a key town for the area. While a good many travel from Maidenhead to The City & some other big towns in the area, the town itself has a smattering of light industry & employs many in such industries as pharmaceuticals, plastics & computer software.

Maidenhead is respected for its football team Maidenhead United (referred to as the Magpies) who play at York Rd one of the oldest grounds in the world. Maidenhead United were established in eighteen seventy & were one of the first fifteen entrants in the 1st F.A. Cup tournament which took place in 1871-72.

Things to Do in and Near Maidenhead: Undoubtedly one of the principal visitor attractions for tourists visiting Maidenhead is as expected the River Thames itself, with its boating, its natural splendor, its wildlife and its attractive riverside walks. If no justification other than this, Maidenhead is well worth checking out. For the people very much interested in the history of Maidenhead, the Maidenhead Heritage Centre and Museum is a must visit place. There you'll find out about Maidenhead history since the Roman era along to the present day and examine photographs, written documents and artefacts pertaining to Maidenhead and its past. Film enthusiasts might well wish to go to the eight-screen Odeon cinema, whereas sporting addicts may go to watch the local Maidenhead United play soccer at their York Road pitch, or perhaps go to the Magnet Leisure Centre enjoying its impressive pool and tremendous selection of sports and activities provided for the local people and visitors alike.

You could also visit: Thames Valley Falconry Center, Tenpin Maidenhead (Tenpin Bowling), Wycombe Museum, Pullingshill Wood, Odeon Multiplex Cinema, Premier Karting, Hobbs of Henley, River and Rowing Museum, Riverside Gardens and Play Area, Legoland Windsor, Bisham Woods, Extreme Motion Skate Park, Thames Valley Adventure Playground, Dinton Pastures Country Park, Bekonscot Model Village, Gleniffer Stables, Cheeky Charlies Play Centre, Braywick Nature Centre, Museum of Berkshire Aviation, Berkshire Paintball Park, Cocksherd Bluebell Wood (Britwell), Dorney Court, Monkey Mates Play Centre, Edwards Amusements, Windsor Great Park, Waltham Place, Montem Leisure Centre, Ray Mill Island, E J Churchill Shooting Ground, Windsor Leisure Centre, Bracknell Leisure Centre.

A selection of Maidenhead streets and roads: Castle Mews, Lonsdale Way, Harvest Hill Road, Marlborough Close, Griffin Close, Vauxhall Road, Cookham Dean Common, Kidwells Park Drive, Autumn Walk, Aldwick Drive, South Road, Camden Road, Tachbrook Close, Elizabeth Close, Inwood Close, St Ives Road, Langworthy Lane, Bannard Road, Harcourt Close, Pinkneys Drive, Ashton Place, Lambourne Drive, The Wickets, Croxley Rise, Honey Lane, Chestnut Park, The Binghams, Blenheim Road, Cordwallis Road, Wellbank, Vicarage Close, Norden Meadows, Black Boy Lane, Bray Court, Pondwood Lane, Evenlode, Stockwells, Bracken Road, Windrush Way, Prince Andrew Road, Aysgarth Park, Holly Drive, Woodhurst South, Nightingale Lane, Sawyers Close, Shergold Way, Pearce Close, Frogmill Spinney, Littlefield Green, Blackbird Lane, Mulberry Walk.

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