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Location: Berkshire, Home Counties, England, United Kingdom.

Postcode: SL6

Dialling Code: 01628

Population: 78,000 (2011)

Maidenhead - An old town with a historic past stretching back to early Anglo-Saxon days, Maidenhead can be found in the county of Berkshire (Berks) in the Home Counties, within the Borough of Windsor & Maidenhead about 40 km from the centre of London. It has a populace of roughly 78,000 and sits on the banks of the River Thames. The town of Maidenhead is a good sized 'dormitory' suburb of the city of London, but it is a great centre for checking out the nearby countryside. The River Thames here is crossed by an eighteenth century road bridge plus a fantastic railway bridge built in 1838 by the magnificent engineer Isambard Kingdom Brunel, the railway bridge is the inspiration for Joseph Mallord Turner's work 'Rain, Steam & Speed'. The river at Maidenhead is in addition noted for Boulter's Lock, a well known boating meeting place and beauty spot. West of the town is the Courage Shire Horse Centre, where the widely recognized brewery's twelve Shire horses can be viewed, plus a display on the background of those horses. In the town itself you will find almshouses dating from as far back as 1659. The Harry Reitlinger Bequest is a fascinating collection of sculpture, paintings, pottery and glassware. Ray Mill Island is a park, & the mill later became a hotel. The well known National Trust house of Cliveden looks down on the River Thames in neighbouring Taplow.

Maidenhead History: The first settlement of Maidenhythe grew up beside the river in Anglo-Saxon times. The celebrated bridge across the Thames was made in about 1777 (for around £19,000), the original wooden bridge, first put up in 1255 had a wharf built alongside it and it is from this that the town is supposed to have been named (from 'New Wharf' or 'Maiden Hythe'). After the construction of this 1st bridge, Maidenhead became a very important stopping off point for travellers making the journey from Bath to London.

Maidenhead Bridge and River Thames - geograph.org.uk - 205285The railway service arrived at Maidenhead in 1838 (Great Western Railway) and a railway bridge was erected over the river designed by the incredible Isambard Kingdom Brunel. Through the 19th Century Maidenhead became a highly popular riverside destination for London's rich & prosperous & the hotel on the riverbank came to be the haunt of well known playboys of that time. After the coming of the railway service Maidenhead grew rapidly & in 1894 it split from the parishes of Cookham & Bray, turning into a town in its own right.

Contemporary Maidenhead is in the centre of 'communter country' and its handy location on the A4/ M4 makes it a very important centre for the area. Even though many travel from Maidenhead to The City & some other big towns in the area, Maidenhead itself has a reasonable amount of light industry & provides jobs for many in such industrial sectors as computer software, pharmaceuticals and plastics.

Maidenhead is respected for its soccer team Maidenhead United (known as the Magpies) who play at York Road among the oldest football grounds around the world. Maidenhead United were formed in 1870 & were one of the original 15 entrants in the 1st F.A. Cup competition held in 1871-72.

Places to Visit in and Near Maidenhead: Undoubtedly one of the main visitor attractions for anyone going to Maidenhead is for sure the Thames itself, with its boating, its natural splendor, its flora and fauna and its pretty riverside walks. If for no other justification than that, Maidenhead is truly worth a look. For individuals looking into the history of Maidenhead, the Maidenhead Heritage Centre and Museum is a must visit place. There you can find out about Maidenhead history from Roman times right up to the present and examine photos, written documents and artifacts relating to Maidenhead and its historical past. Film devotees might well wish to go to the eight-screen Odeon multiplex cinema, whilst sports enthusiasts may go and see the local Maidenhead United play football at their York Road pitch, or perhaps check out the Magnet Leisure Centre with its awesome swimming pool and tremendous array of sports and activities available for the local community and visitors alike.

You could also visit: Monkey Mates Play Centre, Berkshire Paintball Park, Ray Mill Island, Pullingshill Wood, Bracknell Ski Slope, Wycombe Museum, Thames Valley Falconry Center, Braywick Nature Centre, Windsor Great Park, Playtrain, Legoland Windsor, Gleniffer Stables, Maidenhead Steam Navigation Company, Popes Meadow, Riverside Gardens and Play Area, Odeon Multiplex Cinema, E J Churchill Shooting Ground, Premier Karting, Extreme Motion Skate Park, Dorney Court, Big Fun 4 Kids Indoor Playcentre, Sector 7 Laser (Combat Gaming), Museum of Berkshire Aviation, Longridge Activity Centre (Marlow), Montem Leisure Centre, Bracknell Leisure Centre, Edwards Amusements, Cliveden Gardens and Maze, Cheeky Charlies Play Centre, Church Wood, Homefield Wood.

A selection of Maidenhead streets and roads: Lonsdale Close, Manor Grove, Oldfield View, Belmont Park Avenue, Alexandra Road, Cookham Dean Bottom, Shepherds Lane, Church Close, Westacott Way, Laburnham Road, Halldore Hill, Welby Close, Hamilton Park, Lower Boyndon Road, Wheatfield Close, Bass Mead, Birdwood Road, Maple Close, Willant Close, Beaumont Close, The Binghams, Alston Gardens, Woodlands Park Road, Spencers Close, Pearce Road, Ray Park Avenue, Darlings Lane, Huntercombe Lane South, Fernley Court, Stubbles Lane, Averil Court, Cannon Lane, Hargrave Road, Lime Walk, Hibbert Road, Langworthy End, Barn Close, The Terrace, Bettoney Vere, Switchback Road South, Coxborrow Close, St Marys Close, Camley Gardens, Brock Lane, Church Lane, Croxley Rise, Cumbria Close, Buffins, Highfield Lane, Pages Wharf, Henley Road.

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