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Location: Berkshire, Home Counties, UK.

Postcode: SL6

Dialling Code: 01628

Population: 78,000 (2011)

Maidenhead - An ancient town with a story going back to early Saxon days, Maidenhead is located in the county of Berks (Berkshire) in the Home Counties, in the Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead around 40 km from central London. Maidenhead has a population of about seventy eight thousand inhabitants and sits on the banks of the River Thames. Maidenhead is a significant 'dormitory' suburb of London, but it is a nice centre for checking out the interesting nearby countryside. The River Thames here is spanned by an 18th century road bridge plus a fine railway bridge built in the mid-1800's by the clever engineer Isambard Kingdom Brunel, the railway bridge is the setting for Turner's work 'Rain, Steam and Speed'. The Thames at Maidenhead is also known for Boulter's Lock, a favorite boating rendezvous & beauty spot. To the west of Maidenhead is the Courage Shire Horse Centre, a place that the well known brewery's Shire horses can be viewed, plus a display on the the historical past of those horses. In Maidenhead town itself you can find almshouses dating from mid-seventeenth century. The Harry Reitlinger Bequest is a great collection of paintings, sculpture, glassware and pottery. Ray Mill Island is a park, & the mill later became a hotel. The famous National Trust house of Cliveden looks down on the Thames in nearby Taplow.

Maidenhead History: The initial settlement of Maiden Hythe grew up beside the the River Thames in the days of the Saxons. The well known bridge across the River Thames was built in around 1777 (for around nineteen thousand pounds), the original wooden bridge, first put up in 1255 had a wharf beside it and this is from where the town is believed to have derived its current name (taken from 'New Wharf' or 'Maiden Hythe'). After the establishment of this first bridge, Maidenhead slowly became a critical stopping off point for travellers making the route from London to Bath.

Maidenhead Bridge and River Thames - geograph.org.uk - 205285The train service arrived at Maidenhead in 1838 (Great Western Railway) & a rail bridge was built over the Thames designed by the exceptional Isambard Kingdom Brunel. Over the 19th Century Maidenhead became a popular riverside destination for London's wealthy and rich and the hotel by the river became the hang-out of infamous playboys of those times. Soon after the arrival of the railway line the town expanded rather quickly & in 1894 it broke up from the parishes of Cookham & Bray, becoming a town in its own right.

Present day Maidenhead is in the centre of 'communter country' and its key setting on the M4/A4 helps it be a vital town for the region. While a good many travel from Maidenhead to London & additional significant towns in the region, the town itself has a certain amount of light industry and provides jobs for many in such industrial sectors as plastics, pharmaceuticals and computer software.

Maidenhead is well known for its soccer team Maidenhead United (called the Magpies) which plays at York Rd one of the oldest football pitches around the world. Maidenhead United were formed in 1870 & were one of the first 15 entries in the 1st F.A. Cup competition held in 1871-72.

Maidenhead Things to Do: One of the main attractions for those visiting Maidenhead is as expected the River Thames itself, with its boating, its natural charm, its wildlife and its agreeable riverside walks. If for no other reason than this, Maidenhead is very well worth a look. For anyone fascinated by the history of Maidenhead, the Maidenhead Heritage Centre and Museum is a must. Here you'll learn about Maidenhead history since the times of the Romans right up to the present day and look at documents, photographs and artifacts relating to the town and its past. Movie aficionados might well want to pop along to the 8-screen Odeon multiplex cinema, while sports followers may go to see the local Maidenhead United play football at their York Road stadium, or alternatively check out the Magnet Leisure Centre with its outstanding swimming pool and huge range of sports and activities available for the local community and visitors alike.

You could also visit: Braywick Nature Centre, Edwards Amusements, Hobbs of Henley, Popes Meadow, Wycombe Museum, Bracknell Leisure Centre, Snakes and Ladders at Slough, Bisham Woods, Legoland Windsor, Museum of Berkshire Aviation, Riverside Gardens and Play Area, Bekonscot Model Village, Dinton Pastures Country Park, Montem Leisure Centre, Thames Valley Falconry Center, River and Rowing Museum, Premier Karting, Waltham Place, Kidwells Park, Cliveden Gardens and Maze, Langley Leisure Centre, Thames Valley Adventure Playground, Maidenhead Steam Navigation Company, Windsor Castle, Homefield Wood, Longridge Activity Centre (Marlow), Berkshire Paintball Park, Savill Garden, Tenpin Maidenhead (Tenpin Bowling), Wayside Stables, Playtrain.

A selection of Maidenhead streets and roads: Holmanleaze, Edinburgh Road, Longworth Drive, Gibraltar Lane, Bedwins Lane, Ellington Court, Langworthy End, Bray Road, Courthouse Road, Groves Way, Malvern Road, Derek Road, Laggan Road, Alyson Court, College Rise, Ockwells Road, Market Street, Swanbrook Court, Tithe Close, Greenfields, Frascati Way, Garden Close, The Causeway, Autumn Walk, Chauntry Close, Frogmill, Boulters Court, Medallion Place, Minton Rise, Coningsby Lane, Woodlands Park Road, Heathcote, Alleyns Lane, Jobs Lane, Strande Lane, Warren View, Coln Close, Croxley Rise, Spencers Road, The Thicket, Fernley Court, Lindores Road, School Lane, Waldeck Road, Switchback Close, Altwood Drive, Paley Street, Windmill Road, Woodcote, Coxborrow Close, Poundfield Lane.

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