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Location: Berkshire, England, UK.

Postcode: SL6

Dialling Code: 01628

Population: 78,000 (2011)

Maidenhead - A historic town with a story harping back to early Saxon days, Maidenhead lies in the county of Berks in the Home Counties, in the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead around 40 kilometres from London's centre. The town of Maidenhead has got a populace of around 78,000 and stands on the banks of the River Thames. Maidenhead is a major 'dormitory' suburb for London, but is still a decent centre for discovering the nearby countryside. The River Thames here is traversed by an 18th century road bridge plus a stunning railway bridge built in 1838 by the remarkable engineer Isambard Kingdom Brunel, the rail bridge is the setting of Joseph Turner's painting 'Rain, Steam & Speed'. The Thames at Maidenhead is in addition known for Boulter's Lock, a well known boating rendezvous & beauty spot. West of the town you can find the Courage Shire Horse Centre, a place that the popular brewery's Shire horses can be viewed, as well as a display on the historic past of those horses. In the town itself you can view almshouses dating from sixteen fifty nine. The Harry Reitlinger Bequest is a noteworthy collection of paintings, sculpture, pottery & glassware. Ray Mill Island is a public park, & the mill later became a hotel. The well known Italianate mansion Cliveden stands high above in nearby Taplow.

Maidenhead Historical Past: The initial settlement of Maidenhythe developed by the the River Thames during the times of the Anglo-Saxons. The famous bridge across the river was built in about 1777 (for around £19,000), the original bridge of wood construction, first put up in 1255 had a wharf adjacent to it & this is from where the town is believed to have got its name (taken from 'New Wharf' or 'Maiden Hythe'). Soon after the building of this first bridge, Maidenhead evolved into a key stop off place for travellers taking the journey from London to Bath.

Maidenhead Bridge and River Thames - geograph.org.uk - 205285The railway line arrived at Maidenhead in 1838 (Great Western Railway) & a rail bridge was constructed over the River Thames designed by the great Isambard Kingdom Brunel. Through the Nineteenth Century Maidenhead evolved into highly popular riverside destination for the affluent & wealthy of London and the hotel beside the river became the haunt of infamous playboys of the day. After the coming of the railway line the town grew dramatically & in 1894 it split up from the parishes of Cookham & Bray, turning into a town in its own right.

Modern day Maidenhead is in the middle of 'communter country' & its strategic location on the A4/ M4 renders it a vital town for the area. While many commute from Maidenhead to Central london & other big towns in the region, Maidenhead itself has a smattering of light industry & employs many people in such market sectors as computer software, plastics and pharmaceuticals.

Maidenhead is respected for its soccer team Maidenhead United (called the Magpies) which plays at York Rd one of the oldest grounds on the globe. Maidenhead United were established in 1870 & were one of the original fifteen entries in the 1st F.A. Cup tournament which took place in 1871-72.

Maidenhead Places to Visit: Certainly one of the leading tourist attractions for folks going to Maidenhead is unquestionably the River Thames itself, with its boating, its natural splendor, its flora and fauna and its appealing riverside walks. If for no other reason than this, the town is truly worth a trip. For anybody looking into the history of Maidenhead, the Maidenhead Heritage Centre and Museum should really be the first port of call. Here you'll find out about Maidenhead history since the Roman times up to the present day and examine artifacts, photographs and written documents pertaining to Maidenhead and its background. Movie aficionados might well choose to go to the eight-screen Odeon multiplex cinema, whereas sports enthusiasts might go and see Maidenhead United play football at their York Road stadium, or alternatively visit the Magnet Leisure Centre with its impressive pool and huge choice of activities and sports provided for the local community and visitors alike.

You could also visit: Tenpin Maidenhead (Tenpin Bowling), Edwards Amusements, Montem Leisure Centre, Maidenhead Steam Navigation Company, Museum of Berkshire Aviation, Wayside Stables, Whoosh Play Centre, Hobbs of Henley, Wycombe Museum, Bracknell Ski Slope, Playtrain, Kidwells Park, Church Wood, Homefield Wood, River and Rowing Museum, Waltham Place, Skirmish Wycombe, Savill Garden, Braywick Nature Centre, Stanley Spencer Gallery, Old Thatch Gardens, Windsor Castle, Langley Leisure Centre, Thames Valley Adventure Playground, Slough Museum, Extreme Motion Skate Park, Slough Ice Arena, Riverside Gardens and Play Area, Cliveden Gardens and Maze, Monkey Mates Play Centre, Bisham Woods.

A selection of Maidenhead streets and roads: Belmont Park Avenue, Blackamoor Lane, Fifield Road, The Terrace, Mossy Vale, Laxton Green, Forlease Road, St Marks Crescent, Monkey Island Lane, Lyneham Gardens, Thicket Grove, Allenby Road, Elton Drive, Garthlands, North Road, Corfe Place, Linden Avenue, Hungerford Drive, Frogmill Court, Court Road, Ray Lea Road, St Davids Close, Briar Close, Lincoln Road, Greenways Drive, St Peters Road, Sandisplatt Road, Huntercombe Close, Hunts Lane, Holmwood Close, Hanover Mead, Somerford Close, High Road, Woodlands Park Avenue, Arlington Close, Headington Close, The Rushes, Harrow Lane, Barn Drive, Rainsborough Chase, All Saints Avenue, Mulberry Walk, Hedsor Park, Clarefield Close, Wentworth Crescent, Raymond Road, Thames Crescent, East Road, Gorse Road, Arkley Court, Rectory Road.

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