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Location: Berkshire, Home Counties, United Kingdom.

Postcode: SL6

Dialling Code: 01628

Population: 78,000 (2011)

Maidenhead - A historic town with a historical past stretching back to early Anglo-Saxon periods, Maidenhead can be found in Berks county in the Home Counties, within the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead about 40 kilometres from the centre of London. The town of Maidenhead has a population of about 78,000 & lies beside the River Thames. The town of Maidenhead is a substantial 'dormitory' suburb for London, and yet is still a decent spot for discovering the nearby countryside. The Thames here is traversed by an eighteenth century road bridge as well as a superb railway bridge built in eighteen thirty eight by the fabulous engineer Isambard Kingdom Brunel, the railway bridge is the inspiration for Joseph Turner's work 'Rain, Steam & Speed'. The River Thames at Maidenhead is also known for Boulter's Lock, a popular boating rendezvous & beauty spot. Found to the west of the town you can find the Courage Shire Horse Centre, where the popular brewers 12 Shire horses can be viewed, along 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 a great collection of sculpture, paintings, pottery and glassware. Ray Mill Island is a public garden, & the mill is now a hotel. The celebrated house of Cliveden stands high above in nearby Taplow.

The Historic Past of Maidenhead: The first settlement of Maidenhythe evolved around the the River Thames during the days of the Anglo-Saxons. The famed bridge across the Thames was built in around 1777 (for around £19,000), the initial bridge of wood construction, first erected in 1255 had a wharf next to it & this is from where the town is believed to have got its name (from 'New Wharf' or 'Maiden Hythe'). After the erection of this 1st bridge, Maidenhead grew to be a crucial resting place for travellers on the route from London to Bath.

Maidenhead Bridge and River Thames - geograph.org.uk - 205285The railway came to Maidenhead in 1838 (Great Western Railway) & a railway bridge was built over the river to a design by the great Isambard Kingdom Brunel. Throughout the Nineteenth Century Maidenhead became a highly popular riverside destination for London's prosperous and affluent & the hotel adjacent to the river became the hang-out of famous playboys of the time. After the arrival of the railway Maidenhead grew rapidly and in 1894 it separated from the parishes of Cookham & Bray, transforming into a town in its own right.

Current day Maidenhead is in the centre of 'communter country' & its key spot on the A4/ M4 renders it a major town for the area. While many travel from Maidenhead to The City & various other large towns in the area, Maidenhead itself has some light industry and provides jobs for many in such market sectors as computer software, plastics & pharmaceuticals.

Maidenhead is known in sporting circles for its soccer team Maidenhead United (referred to as the Magpies) who play at York Rd claimed to be one of the oldest grounds in the world. Maidenhead United were established in 1870 and were one of the original 15 entrants in the first F.A. Cup competition which took place in 1871-72.

Tourist Attractions in Maidenhead: Among the chief points of interest for individuals visiting Maidenhead is without a doubt the River Thames itself, with its boating facilities, its natural beauty, its wildlife and its magnificent riverside walks. If no justification other than this, the town is seriously worth checking out. For individuals fascinated by the history of Maidenhead, the Maidenhead Heritage Centre and Museum is a must. There you'll find out about Maidenhead history from the Roman times along to modern times and view photos, written documents and artifacts relating to the town and its historic past. Film enthusiasts might well want to head for the eight-screen Odeon cinema, while sports fanatics may go and see Maidenhead United play soccer at their York Road pitch, or even visit the Magnet Leisure Centre enjoying its fantastic swimming pool and amazing variety of recreation activities and sports available for the local community and visitors alike.

You could also visit: Hobbs of Henley, Bracknell Ski Slope, River and Rowing Museum, Absolutely Karting, Edwards Amusements, Thames Valley Falconry Center, Tenpin Maidenhead (Tenpin Bowling), Skirmish Wycombe, Windsor Great Park, Snakes and Ladders at Slough, Berkshire Paintball Park, Bisham Woods, Legoland Windsor, Bracknell Leisure Centre, Cliveden Gardens and Maze, Stanley Spencer Gallery, Windsor Castle, Monkey Mates Play Centre, Riverside Gardens and Play Area, Ray Mill Island, Extreme Motion Skate Park, Whoosh Play Centre, Longridge Activity Centre (Marlow), Slough Ice Arena, Old Thatch Gardens, Playtrain, Big Fun 4 Kids Indoor Playcentre, Black Park, Gleniffer Stables, Maidenhead Steam Navigation Company, Bracknell Ice Skating.

A selection of Maidenhead streets and roads: Canon Hill Way, Timbers Walk, Cromwell Road, Alvista Avenue, Collier Close, Switchback Road South, Frogmill Spinney, Crescent Dale, Melton Court, St Peters Road, Pinkneys Road, Cannon Court Road, Stewarts Close, Castle Hill, Frances Avenue, Strande Park, Ray Mill Road West, Furrow Way, Mulberry Walk, Widbrook Road, Laxton Green, Hare Shoots, Oldershaw Mews, Gatward Avenue, Park Corner, Old Mill Lane, Risborough Road, Peace Lane, Cliveden Estate, Killarney Drive, Derwent Drive, Meadow View Lane, Arlington Close, Braywick Road, Hockett Lane, Blackamoor Lane, Fielding Road, Bannard Road, Garthlands, Bettoney Vere, Taplow Road, Cherry Garden Lane, Burchetts Green Lane, Sadlers Mews, Purssell Close, Belmont Vale, Northfield Road, Glebe Road, Wellington Road, Greenways Drive, Berry Hill.

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