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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 historic past harping back to far off Saxon days, Maidenhead can be found in Berks county in the Home Counties, in the Borough of Windsor & Maidenhead around 40km from the centre of London. The town of Maidenhead has a populace of approximately 78,000 inhabitants and sits on the banks of the River Thames. Maidenhead is a considerable 'dormitory' suburb for London, yet is still a decent centre for checking out the interesting nearby countryside. The Thames here is spanned by an 18th century road bridge and also a stunning railway bridge fabricated in the mid-1800's by the brilliant engineer Isambard Kingdom Brunel, the rail bridge is the setting of Turner's work 'Rain, Steam & Speed'. The Thames at Maidenhead is additionally famous for Boulter's Lock, a well-liked boating assembly point & beauty spot. West of Maidenhead you can find the Courage Shire Horse Centre, a place that the renowned brewers twelve Shire horses can be viewed, with a presentation on the story of the horses. In the town itself you can find almshouses dating from as long ago as 1659. The Harry Reitlinger Bequest is an exciting collection of sculpture, paintings, glassware & pottery. Ray Mill Island is a park, and the mill is now a hotel. The famed Italianate mansion Cliveden stands high above in neighbouring Taplow.

Maidenhead History: The former settlement of Maidenhythe started around the the River Thames during the days of the Saxons. The celebrated bridge across the river was built in around 1777 (for around nineteen thousand pounds), the original wooden bridge, first built in 1255 had a wharf next to it and it is from this that the town is understood to have got its name (taken from 'New Wharf' or 'Maiden Hythe'). Following the construction of this 1st bridge, Maidenhead slowly became 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 came to Maidenhead in 1838 (Great Western Railway) and a railway bridge was built over the river designed by the remarkable Isambard Kingdom Brunel. Through the 19th Century Maidenhead developed into very popular riverside destination for the affluent & wealthy of London and the hotel beside the Thames came to be the haunt of notorious playboys of that time. Following the coming of the railway service the town expanded swiftly and in 1894 it separated from the parishes of Cookham & Bray, to become a town in its own right.

Today's Maidenhead is in the middle of 'communter country' and its strategic setting on the M4/A4 renders it an important town for the area. Even though many travel from Maidenhead to The City & some other large towns in the area, the town itself has a reasonable amount of light industry and employs many in such industrial sectors as pharmaceuticals, plastics and computer software.

Maidenhead is known in sports circles for its soccer team Maidenhead United (called the Magpies) who play at York Rd one of the oldest football pitches on the globe. Maidenhead United were formed in 1870 and were one of the first fifteen entrants in the first F.A. Cup competition held in 1871-72.

Maidenhead Tourist Attractions: One of the key attractions for those visiting Maidenhead is definitely the River Thames itself, with its boating facilities, its natural beauty, its wildlife and its attractive riverside walks. If for no other justification than that, the town is definitely worth a trip. For anyone fascinated by the history of Maidenhead, the Maidenhead Heritage Centre and Museum is a must visit place. Here you'll find out about Maidenhead history from Roman days up to the present day and enjoy artefacts, photos and written documents pertaining to the town and its story. Film fans might well choose to pop along to the eight-screen Odeon multiplex cinema, while sporting fanatics could go and see the local Maidenhead United play football at their York Road ground, or else go to the Magnet Leisure Centre with its magnificent swimming pool and massive array of activities and sports provided for the local community and visitors alike.

You could also visit: Berkshire Paintball Park, Wayside Stables, Gleniffer Stables, Absolutely Karting, Windsor Leisure Centre, Stanley Spencer Gallery, Riverside Gardens and Play Area, Savill Garden, Langley Leisure Centre, Edwards Amusements, Hobbs of Henley, Thames Valley Adventure Playground, River and Rowing Museum, Popes Meadow, Snakes and Ladders at Slough, Cliveden Gardens and Maze, Waltham Place, Bisham Woods, Longridge Activity Centre (Marlow), Whoosh Play Centre, Slough Museum, Cocksherd Bluebell Wood (Britwell), Kidwells Park, Legoland Windsor, Windsor Castle, Wycombe Museum, Slough Ice Arena, Beeches, Thames Valley Falconry Center, Dinton Pastures Country Park, Bracknell Ski Slope.

A selection of Maidenhead streets and roads: Saxon Gardens, Oldershaw Mews, Summerleaze Road, Cookham Dean Common, Savoy Court, Stud Green, Cadogan Close, Bargeman Road, Amberley Court, Malders Lane, Kennedy Close, Dunholme End, Roseleigh Close, Dhoon Rise, Palmers Close, Heywood Gardens, York Road, Ivy Close, Graham Road, Bracken Road, Odney Lane, Hindhay Lane, Stroud Farm Road, Gage Close, Hill Farm Road, Abell Gardens, Marsh Lane, Meadow View Lane, Westfield Road, Grenfell Avenue, Briar Close, Chalgrove Close, Finch Court, Court Close, Blackbird Lane, The Binghams, Heathlands Drive, Greenfields, Cresswells Mead, Manor Grove, Cannock Close, Ferry End, Longleat Gardens, Fielding Road, White Acres Drive, Bray Court, Beech Close, Waltham Road, Choke Lane, Alyson Court, Vicarage Walk.

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