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

Postcode: SL6

Dialling Code: 01628

Population: 78,000 (2011)

Maidenhead - A historic town with a history going back to early Saxon periods, Maidenhead is situated in the county of Berkshire (Berks) in the Home Counties, in the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead about 40 km from the centre of London. The town has a population of about seventy eight thousand and sits on the banks of the River Thames. It is a sizable 'dormitory' suburb for London, nevertheless is still a pleasant destination for exploring the nearby countryside. The River Thames at this point is traversed by an 18th century road bridge together with a wonderful railway bridge built in the mid-nineteenth century by the fantastic engineer Isambard Kingdom Brunel, the rail bridge was the subject of J M W Turner's painting 'Rain, Steam & Speed'. The Thames at Maidenhead is additionally noted for Boulter's Lock, a popular boating assembly point & beauty spot. To the west of Maidenhead is the Courage Shire Horse Centre, a place that the widely recognized brewers Shire horses can be viewed, together with a display on the story of those horses. In the town itself you will find almshouses dating from sixteen fifty nine. The Harry Reitlinger Bequest is an intriguing collection of sculpture, paintings, pottery & glassware. Ray Mill Island is a park, and the mill was later turned into a hotel. The well known Italianate mansion Cliveden stands high above in neighbouring Taplow.

Maidenhead Historic Past: The former settlement of Maidenhythe developed around the river during Anglo-Saxon times. The well known bridge across the river was constructed in about 1777 (at a cost of £19,000), the original wooden bridge, first put up in 1255 had a wharf next to it and this is where the town is supposed to have got its name (from 'New Wharf' or 'Maiden Hythe'). Soon after the establishment of this first bridge, Maidenhead grew into a crucial stopping off place for travellers on the journey from London to Bath.

Maidenhead Bridge and River Thames - geograph.org.uk - 205285The train service arrived in Maidenhead in 1838 (Great Western Railway) & a railway bridge was built over the Thames designed by the outstanding Isambard Kingdom Brunel. In the 19th Century Maidenhead developed into highly popular riverside destination for the prosperous & affluent of London and the hotel adjacent to the river became the haunt of famous playboys of those times. Following the arrival of the railway service Maidenhead expanded pretty quickly and in 1894 it split from the parishes of Bray & Cookham, developing into a town in its own right.

Modern day Maidenhead is in the middle of 'communter country' and its handy setting on the A4/ M4 renders it a vital commercial centre for the region. Although many travel from Maidenhead to London & some other significant towns in the region, the town itself has a bit of light industry and employs many in such industries as plastics, pharmaceuticals and computer software.

Maidenhead is known in sports circles for its football team Maidenhead United (known as the Magpies) which plays at York Rd claimed to be one of the oldest football grounds around the world. Maidenhead United were established in 1870 and were one of the first fifteen competitors in the very first F.A. Cup competition held in 1871-72.

Maidenhead Tourist Attractions: Amongst the biggest tourist attractions for tourists going to Maidenhead is naturally the River Thames itself, with its water related facilities, its natural beauty, its flora and fauna and its stunning riverside walks. If for no other reason than this, Maidenhead is truly worth checking out. For everyone interested by the history of Maidenhead, the Maidenhead Heritage Centre and Museum is a must. Here you'll find out about Maidenhead history from the time of the Romans right up to the present and look at artefacts, documents and photos pertaining to the town and its story. Movie devotees might well choose to go to the eight-screen Odeon multiplex cinema, whilst sporting enthusiasts may go to watch the local Maidenhead United play football at their York Road stadium, or even visit the Magnet Leisure Centre using its fabulous swimming pool and vast range of sports and activities available for the local community and visitors alike.

You could also visit: Cheeky Charlies Play Centre, Thames Valley Adventure Playground, Tenpin Maidenhead (Tenpin Bowling), Odeon Multiplex Cinema, Wycombe Museum, Windsor Castle, Windsor Leisure Centre, Slough Ice Arena, Windsor Great Park, Beeches, Hobbs of Henley, Monkey Mates Play Centre, Longridge Activity Centre (Marlow), Thames Valley Falconry Center, Maidenhead Steam Navigation Company, Big Fun 4 Kids Indoor Playcentre, Church Wood, Whoosh Play Centre, Playtrain, Edwards Amusements, Bisham Woods, Popes Meadow, Waltham Place, Jungle Mania (Bourne End), Kidwells Park, Montem Leisure Centre, Bracknell Ice Skating, Bracknell Leisure Centre, Slough Museum, Legoland Windsor, E J Churchill Shooting Ground.

A selection of Maidenhead streets and roads: Lonsdale Close, Thurlby Way, Griffin Close, Westfield Road, Ferry Road, Church Close, Cedars Road, Edith Road, Northumbria Road, Cannon Court Road, Woodmoor End, Altwood Drive, Manor Way, Hamilton Park, Cherwell Close, Russet Road, Queen Street, Bray Road, Rolls Lane, Melton Court, Brompton Drive, Hampden Road, Craufurd Rise, Birdwood Road, Harrow Close, Station Road, Thatchers Drive, Murrin Road, Camley Park Drive, Cox Green Lane, Partridge Mead, Timbers Walk, Newbury Drive, Frances Avenue, Cookham Dean Common, Stonefield Park, Sperling Road, Farmers Way, Ye Meads, Bramley Chase, Huntercombe Close, Homestead Road, Walker Road, Broadwater Park, Ferry End, Bedford Close, Bridle Close, Collier Close, Windrush Way, Kennedy Close, Stirling Grove.

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