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Location: Berkshire (Berks), Home Counties, United Kingdom.

Postcode: SL6

Dialling Code: 01628

Population: 78,000 (2011)

Maidenhead - An ancient town with a historic past stretching back to early Saxon times, Maidenhead is situated in Berkshire county in the Home Counties, in the Borough of Windsor & Maidenhead roughly forty km from central London. Maidenhead has got a resident population of close to 78,000 & stands on the banks of the River Thames. The town of Maidenhead is a substantial 'dormitory' suburb of the city of London, but is a pleasant place for checking out the nearby countryside. The River Thames at this point is spanned by an 18th century road bridge along with a stunning railway bridge erected in 1838 by the first-class engineer Isambard Kingdom Brunel, the railway bridge was the subject of Turner's painting 'Rain, Steam & Speed'. The river at Maidenhead is in addition well known for Boulter's Lock, a popular boating meeting place & beauty spot. To the west of Maidenhead is the Courage Shire Horse Centre, where the famous brewery's 12 Shire horses can be seen, along with a display on the heritage of the horses. In Maidenhead town itself you can see almshouses dating from as long ago as sixteen fifty nine. The Harry Reitlinger Bequest is a fascinating collection of sculpture, paintings, glassware and pottery. Ray Mill Island is a park, & the mill later became a hotel. The widley known National Trust house of Cliveden stands high above in nearby Taplow.

Maidenhead Historic Past: The former settlement of Maiden Hythe started beside the river in Anglo-Saxon times. The famous bridge across the Thames was constructed in about 1777 (at a cost of £19,000), the initial wooden bridge, first built in 1255 had a wharf built alongside it & it is from this that the town is considered to have got its name (taken from 'New Wharf' or 'Maiden Hythe'). Soon after the construction of this first bridge, Maidenhead came to be an important stopping point for travellers making the route from Bath to London.

Maidenhead Bridge and River Thames - geograph.org.uk - 205285The train service came to Maidenhead in 1838 (Great Western Railway) and a railway bridge was constructed over the Thames designed by the great Isambard Kingdom Brunel. During the 19th Century Maidenhead became a very popular riverside resort for London's wealthy & rich and the hotel beside the riverbank became the haunt of infamous playboys of the day. After the coming of the railway line the town expanded rather quickly & in 1894 it separated from the parishes of Bray & Cookham, becoming a town in its own right.

Twenty-first century Maidenhead is in the middle of 'communter country' & its key spot on the A4/ M4 makes it a major centre for the area. While a good many commute from Maidenhead to London & additional significant towns in the area, the town itself has a bit of light industry and employs many workers in such fields as plastics, pharmaceuticals & computer software.

Maidenhead is well known for its soccer team Maidenhead United (called the Magpies) who play at York Rd recognized as one of the oldest football grounds in the world. Maidenhead United were formed in eighteen seventy & were one of the original 15 competitors in the 1st F.A. Cup tournament which took place in 1871-72.

Maidenhead Places of Interest: Amongst the main visitor attractions for anyone going to Maidenhead is unquestionably the Thames itself, with its water related facilities, its natural charm, its wildlife and its beautiful riverside walks. If for no other reason than this, the town is really worth a visit. For those of you fascinated by the history of Maidenhead, the Maidenhead Heritage Centre and Museum really should be the first port of call. There you can find out about Maidenhead history from the times of the Romans right up to the present and see records, photographs and relics pertaining to Maidenhead and its story. Movie enthusiasts might well just want to pop along to the 8-screen Odeon multiplex cinema, whereas sporting fans might go to watch the local Maidenhead United play football at their York Road pitch, or possibly visit the Magnet Leisure Centre with its excellent swimming pool and huge range of activities and sports provided for the local community and visitors alike.

You could also visit: Berkshire Paintball Park, Windsor Leisure Centre, Dorney Court, Cliveden Gardens and Maze, Langley Leisure Centre, Playtrain, Absolutely Karting, Premier Karting, Gleniffer Stables, Popes Meadow, Legoland Windsor, River and Rowing Museum, Montem Leisure Centre, Dinton Pastures Country Park, Skirmish Wycombe, Cocksherd Bluebell Wood (Britwell), Snakes and Ladders at Slough, Beeches, Whoosh Play Centre, Maidenhead Steam Navigation Company, Windsor Castle, Wayside Stables, Stanley Spencer Gallery, Savill Garden, Homefield Wood, Bracknell Leisure Centre, Bekonscot Model Village, Waltham Place, Big Fun 4 Kids Indoor Playcentre, Braywick Nature Centre, Kidwells Park.

A selection of Maidenhead streets and roads: Foxborough Court, The Arcade, Pearce Drive, Coln Close, Lantern Walk, Broadway, Milverton Close, Monkey Island Lane, Alleyns Lane, Maidenhead Road, Windmill Road, Warren View, Vicarage Walk, Ashbourne Grove, Compton Drive, Hunts Lane, Langworthy Lane, Ellington Gardens, Courtfield Drive, Church Hill, Waltham Close, Regal Court, Derwent Drive, The Switchback, Bix Lane, Farmers Way, Winchester Drive, Innings Lane, Wavell Road, Hill Farm Road, Halifax Road, North Town Close, Collier Close, Vauxhall Road, Hall Place Lane, Leighton Gardens, Furze Road, Ashley Park, Halldore Hill, Marlborough Road, Shoppenhangers Road, Dean Lane, Pinkneys Road, Islet Park Drive, Fontwell Close, Lower Cookham Road, Palmers Close, Turpins Green, Northumbria Road, The Drive, Elton Drive.

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