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Location: Berkshire (Berks), Home Counties, England, UK.

Postcode: SL6

Dialling Code: 01628

Population: 78,000 (2011)

Maidenhead - An ancient town with a story harping back to far off Anglo-Saxon periods, Maidenhead lies in the county of Berkshire in the Home Counties, in the Borough of Windsor & Maidenhead around 40 km from central London. The town of Maidenhead has got a populace of approximately seventy eight thousand inhabitants & stands on the banks of the River Thames. The town of Maidenhead is a significant 'dormitory' suburb of London, but it is a good locality for exploring the nearby countryside. The River Thames here is spanned by an eighteenth century road bridge in addition to a terrific railway bridge designed in the mid-1800's by the exceptional engineer Isambard Kingdom Brunel, the railway bridge is the inspiration for J M W Turner's painting 'Rain, Steam & Speed'. The river at Maidenhead is additionally known for Boulter's Lock, a well-liked boating assembly point and beauty spot. Found to the west of Maidenhead you can find the Courage Shire Horse Centre, a place that the well known brewers twelve Shire horses can be viewed, along with a display on the background 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 intriguing collection of paintings, sculpture, glassware and pottery. Ray Mill Island is a park, and the mill was later turned into a hotel. The widley known National Trust house of Cliveden looks down on the river in neighbouring Taplow.

Maidenhead History: The initial settlement of Maiden Hythe evolved around the the Thames in the days of the Anglo-Saxons. The well known bridge across the River Thames was built in around 1777 (at a cost of £19,000), the original bridge of wood construction, first put up in 1255 had a wharf built alongside it and this is where the town is thought to have got its name (taken from 'New Wharf' or 'Maiden Hythe'). Soon after the erection of this 1st bridge, Maidenhead became a major resting place for travellers making the journey from London to Bath.

Maidenhead Bridge and River Thames - - 205285The railway service arrived in Maidenhead in 1838 (Great Western Railway) and a rail bridge was constructed over the River Thames designed by the great Isambard Kingdom Brunel. Throughout the Nineteenth Century Maidenhead became a very popular riverside destination for London's affluent and prosperous & the hotel beside the riverbank came to be the hang-out of infamous playboys of those times. Following the coming of the railway Maidenhead expanded rapidly & in 1894 it split from the parishes of Cookham and Bray, transforming into a town in its own right.

Twenty-first century Maidenhead is in the centre of 'communter country' and its key spot on the A4/ M4 renders it a critical commercial centre for the area. While a good many commute from Maidenhead to Central london and additional big towns in the area, Maidenhead itself has some light industry & provides jobs for many in such industries as computer software, pharmaceuticals & plastics.

Maidenhead is well known for its football team Maidenhead United (known as the Magpies) which plays at York Road one of the oldest grounds on the planet. Maidenhead United were formed in 1870 and were one of the original 15 entries in the 1st F.A. Cup competition held in 1871-72.

Maidenhead Attractions: Certainly one of the most recognized visitor attractions for tourists going to Maidenhead is naturally the River Thames itself, with its boating, its natural beauty, its wildlife and its pretty riverside walks. If for no other justification than this, the town is well worth a trip. For anyone looking into the history of Maidenhead, the Maidenhead Heritage Centre and Museum is a must. There one can find out about Maidenhead history from Roman days up to the present day and see photographs, artifacts and documents pertaining to the town and its historical background. Film fanatics might well want to head for the eight-screen Odeon cinema, whilst sports enthusiasts may go to see the local Maidenhead United play football at their York Road ground, or possibly check out the Magnet Leisure Centre using its superb swimming pool and huge choice of recreation activities and sports provided for the local community and visitors alike.

You could also visit: Riverside Gardens and Play Area, Premier Karting, Bracknell Ice Skating, Windsor Castle, Ray Mill Island, Stanley Spencer Gallery, Savill Garden, Snakes and Ladders at Slough, E J Churchill Shooting Ground, Playtrain, Museum of Berkshire Aviation, Absolutely Karting, Monkey Mates Play Centre, Bekonscot Model Village, Black Park, Cliveden Gardens and Maze, Thames Valley Falconry Center, Wycombe Museum, Church Wood, Windsor Leisure Centre, Hobbs of Henley, Cocksherd Bluebell Wood (Britwell), Odeon Multiplex Cinema, Whoosh Play Centre, Legoland Windsor, Slough Museum, Waltham Place, Langley Leisure Centre, Beeches, Extreme Motion Skate Park, Bisham Woods.

A selection of Maidenhead streets and roads: Fairford Road, North Road, Ferryside, Cedar Chase, Earlsfield, Manor Way, Winter Hill Road, Gloucester Road, West Dean, Laburnham Road, Ostler Gate, Moor Lane, Fairlea, Fetty Place, East Paddock, Maidenhead Road, Worcester Close, Calder Close, Paget Drive, Mallow Park, St Lukes Road, Purssell Close, Cope Court, Rectory Road, Wootton Way, Briar Glen, Ascot Road, Gwent Close, Graham Close, Orchard Grove, Blackamoor Lane, Stud Green, Hills Lane, Wavell Road, Woodhurst North, Breadcroft Road, Ferry Road, Popes Lane, Islet Park Drive, Coxborrow Close, Harcourt Road, Griffin Close, Barrs Road, White Rock, Bridge Street, North Star Lane, Shergold Way, Hurstfield Drive, Lower Road, Wheatfield Close, Old Marsh Lane.

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