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

Postcode: SL6

Dialling Code: 01628

Population: 78,000 (2011)

Maidenhead - A historic town with a historic past harping back to far off Anglo-Saxon days, Maidenhead is situated in the county of Berkshire in the Home Counties, within the Borough of Windsor & Maidenhead around forty km from the City of London. The town of Maidenhead has got a resident population of about 78,000 occupants & lies on the River Thames. The town of Maidenhead is a sizeable 'dormitory' suburb for London, although is still a useful locale for exploring the nearby countryside. The Thames here is crossed by an eighteenth century road bridge along with a terrific railway bridge fabricated in 1838 by the incredible engineer Isambard Kingdom Brunel, the railway bridge was the setting of J M W Turner's work 'Rain, Steam & Speed'. The Thames at Maidenhead is furthermore 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 famous brewery's twelve Shire horses can be seen, with a presentation on the story of those horses. In Maidenhead town itself you can see almshouses dating from sixteen fifty nine. The Harry Reitlinger Bequest is a fascinating collection of paintings, sculpture, pottery & glassware. Ray Mill Island is a park, & the mill is now a hotel. The famous National Trust house of Cliveden looks down on the river in nearby Taplow.

The History of Maidenhead: The first settlement of Maiden Hythe evolved beside the the River Thames in Anglo-Saxon times. The famed bridge across the River Thames was built in around 1777 (at a cost of nineteen thousand pounds), the original bridge of wood construction, first erected in 1255 had a wharf built next to it & this is from where the town is believed to have been named (taken from 'New Wharf' or 'Maiden Hythe'). Soon after the establishment of this first bridge, Maidenhead became an essential stop off place for travellers on the journey from Bath to London.

Maidenhead Bridge and River Thames - - 205285The train line arrived in Maidenhead in 1838 (Great Western Railway) and a rail bridge was erected over the river designed by the amazing Isambard Kingdom Brunel. Through the 19th Century Maidenhead evolved into very popular riverside destination for London's wealthy & rich and the hotel adjacent to the riverbank came to be the haunt of well known playboys of the day. Soon after the arrival of the railway line Maidenhead expanded rather quickly & in 1894 it separated from the parishes of Cookham & Bray, becoming a town in its own right.

Contemporary Maidenhead is in the midst of 'communter country' and its handy setting on the M4/A4 helps it be a major town for the region. While a good many travel from Maidenhead to London and additional major towns in the area, Maidenhead itself has some light industry & provides jobs for many people in such sectors as computer software, pharmaceuticals & plastics.

Maidenhead is known in sporting circles for its football team Maidenhead United (nicknamed the Magpies) which plays at York Rd one of the oldest grounds on the planet. Maidenhead United were formed in 1870 & were one of the first fifteen competitors in the 1st F.A. Cup competition which took place in 1871-72.

Maidenhead Tourist Attractions: Certainly one of the principle tourist attractions for those going to Maidenhead is for sure the River Thames itself, with its boating facilities, its natural splendor, its wildlife and its delightful riverside walks. If for no other purpose than that, Maidenhead is well worth checking out. For those eager to understand more about the history of Maidenhead, the Maidenhead Heritage Centre and Museum is a must visit place. Here you can learn about Maidenhead history since Roman times along to the present and see records, antiquities and photographs pertaining to the town and its historical background. Movie lovers might well choose to head to the 8-screen Odeon multiplex cinema, whereas sports fanatics could go and see Maidenhead United play soccer at their York Road pitch, or even visit the Magnet Leisure Centre enjoying its wonderful swimming pool and tremendous array of sports and recreation activities provided for the local people and visitors alike.

You could also visit: Pullingshill Wood, Edwards Amusements, Slough Ice Arena, Savill Garden, Jungle Mania (Bourne End), Bekonscot Model Village, Stanley Spencer Gallery, Riverside Gardens and Play Area, Thames Valley Adventure Playground, Windsor Great Park, Beeches, Windsor Leisure Centre, River and Rowing Museum, Hobbs of Henley, Whoosh Play Centre, Museum of Berkshire Aviation, Odds Farm Park, Legoland Windsor, Longridge Activity Centre (Marlow), Cliveden Gardens and Maze, Tenpin Maidenhead (Tenpin Bowling), Cocksherd Bluebell Wood (Britwell), Skirmish Wycombe, Ray Mill Island, Slough Museum, Dorney Court, Dinton Pastures Country Park, Bracknell Ice Skating, Odeon Multiplex Cinema, Popes Meadow, Gleniffer Stables.

A selection of Maidenhead streets and roads: Hindhay Lane, Ray Meadow, Priors Way, Hargrave Road, Laburnham Road, Cleveland Close, North Town Close, Briar Glen, Barnfield Close, Halifax Road, Florence Avenue, Boulters Gardens, Creden Close, Donnington Gardens, Ledger Lane, Ashdown, Hanover Mead, Raymond Road, Snowball Hill, Welbeck Road, Reeve Road, Cranbrook Drive, Ashcroft Road, Hedsor Park, Lovelace Close, Stafferton Way, Gringer Hill, Frascati Way, Barrs Road, The Croft, Worster Road, Gardner House, Underhill Close, Castle Hill, Park Corner, Bell Street, Sadlers Mews, Fairford Road, Buffins, Cadogan Close, Vivien Close, Cheniston Grove, Hitcham Lane, Mapledurham Walk, Westwood Green, Hambleden Walk, Brompton Drive, Marlow Road, Cox Green Road, Providence Place, Bramley Chase.

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