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Location: Berkshire, Home Counties, England, UK.

Postcode: SL6

Dialling Code: 01628

Population: 78,000 (2011)

Maidenhead - A historical town with a historic past going back to far off Saxon days, Maidenhead is located in Berks (Berkshire) county in the Home Counties, within the Borough of Windsor & Maidenhead around 40km from the City of London. It has a populace of around 78,000 occupants and lies beside the River Thames. Maidenhead is a sizeable 'dormitory' suburb of the city of London, yet is a great locale for discovering the pretty nearby countryside. The River Thames here is spanned by an 18th century road bridge as well as a wonderful railway bridge constructed in 1838 by the magnificent engineer Isambard Kingdom Brunel, the rail bridge is the inspiration for Joseph Turner's work 'Rain, Steam and Speed'. The Thames at Maidenhead is also well known for Boulter's Lock, a fashionable boating rendezvous and beauty spot. West of Maidenhead is the Courage Shire Horse Centre, where the widely known brewers Shire horses can be viewed, with a presentation on the heritage of those horses. In Maidenhead town itself are almshouses dating from as far back as the mid-17th century. The Harry Reitlinger Bequest is an interesting collection of sculpture, paintings, glassware and pottery. Ray Mill Island is a park, and the mill was later turned into a hotel. The acclaimed Italianate mansion Cliveden stands high above in nearby Taplow.

The Historical Past of Maidenhead: The initial settlement of Maiden Hythe grew up beside the the Thames in the days of the Anglo-Saxons. The famous bridge across the River Thames was constructed in around 1777 (at a cost of £19,000), the initial bridge of wood construction, first put up in 1255 had a wharf alongside it & this is from where the town is thought to have derived its current name (from 'New Wharf' or 'Maiden Hythe'). Soon after the erection of this 1st bridge, Maidenhead slowly became a significant stop off place for travellers taking the route from Bath to London.

Maidenhead Bridge and River Thames - geograph.org.uk - 205285The railway service came to Maidenhead in 1838 (Great Western Railway) and a rail bridge was built over the Thames to a design by the amazing Isambard Kingdom Brunel. During the Nineteenth Century Maidenhead became a popular riverside destination for London's affluent and wealthy and the hotel adjacent to the river became the haunt of notorious playboys of the day. Following the arrival of the railway line Maidenhead expanded pretty quickly & in 1894 it split up from the parishes of Bray and Cookham, becoming a town in its own right.

Modern day Maidenhead is in the centre of 'communter country' and its key setting on the M4/A4 renders it an important centre for the area. While a great many travel from Maidenhead to London & various other big towns in the region, Maidenhead itself has some light industry & employs many workers in such fields as computer software, plastics & pharmaceuticals.

Maidenhead is famous for its soccer team Maidenhead United (referred to as the Magpies) which plays at York Rd among the oldest grounds around the world. Maidenhead United were formed in 1870 & were one of the first fifteen entries in the very first F.A. Cup tournament which took place in 1871-72.

Maidenhead Places of Interest: One of the main sights for individuals visiting Maidenhead is as expected the River Thames itself, with its water related facilities, its natural beauty, its flora and fauna and its pleasant riverside walks. If no reason other than that, the town is seriously worth a look. For everyone hoping to have an understanding of the history of Maidenhead, the Maidenhead Heritage Centre and Museum is a must visit place. Here you'll learn about Maidenhead history since Roman days right up to the present day and examine artifacts, photographs and documents pertaining to Maidenhead and its historical past. Film fanatics might well just want to head for the eight-screen Odeon cinema, whilst sports followers might go to see Maidenhead United play football at their York Road stadium, or even go to the Magnet Leisure Centre enjoying its terrific pool and massive choice of sports and activities provided for the local community and visitors alike.

You could also visit: Legoland Windsor, Montem Leisure Centre, Black Park, Thames Valley Falconry Center, E J Churchill Shooting Ground, Hobbs of Henley, Waltham Place, Dorney Court, Slough Ice Arena, Bracknell Ice Skating, Popes Meadow, Bracknell Leisure Centre, Beeches, Savill Garden, Ray Mill Island, Pullingshill Wood, Bisham Woods, Cheeky Charlies Play Centre, Stanley Spencer Gallery, Premier Karting, Extreme Motion Skate Park, Big Fun 4 Kids Indoor Playcentre, Braywick Nature Centre, Jungle Mania (Bourne End), Windsor Great Park, Homefield Wood, Church Wood, Odeon Multiplex Cinema, Bekonscot Model Village, Monkey Mates Play Centre, Kidwells Park.

A selection of Maidenhead streets and roads: Strande Lane, Howarth Road, Clifton Close, Moorfield Terrace, Garthlands, York Road, Beaumont Close, Donnington Gardens, Taylors Court, Shoppenhangers Road, Lightlands Lane, Fairview Road, Avenue Road, Clappers Meadow, Trenchard Road, Bartletts Lane, Athlone Close, Cedar Chase, Oakhurst, Rainsborough Chase, Rye Close, Ellington Court, Chestnut Park, Edith Road, Bridge Avenue, Willow Drive, Altwood Road, Canon Hill Close, Bedwins Lane, St Adrians Close, Farm Close, Lock Lane, Walker Road, Bell Street, The Switchback, Dorney Reach Road, Paley Street, Cleveland Close, Burchetts Green Road, Oak Stubbs Lane, Shottesbrooke Park, Newlands Drive, Lambourne Drive, Station Road, Hatfield Close, Oldacres, Sycamore Close, Lent Rise Road, Alston Gardens, Avondale, Heywood Avenue.

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