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Location: Berkshire, Home Counties, England, United Kingdom.

Postcode: SL6

Dialling Code: 01628

Population: 78,000 (2011)

Maidenhead - An ancient town with a history harping back to far off Saxon days, Maidenhead lies in the county of Berkshire (Berks) in the Home Counties, in the Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead around 40 km from central London. The town has got a resident population of approximately seventy eight thousand and lies on the banks of the River Thames. Maidenhead is a sizeable 'dormitory' suburb for London, nevertheless is a useful centre for discovering the stunning nearby countryside. The River Thames here is spanned by an 18th century road bridge and also a wonderful railway bridge erected in eighteen thirty eight by the famous engineer Isambard Kingdom Brunel, the railway bridge is the setting of Turner's painting 'Rain, Steam and Speed'. The river at Maidenhead is also famous for Boulter's Lock, a favourite boating meeting place and beauty spot. Found to the west of Maidenhead is the Courage Shire Horse Centre, where the popular brewers Shire horses can be seen, accompanied by a display on the historic past of those horses. In Maidenhead town itself are almshouses dating from sixteen fifty nine. The Harry Reitlinger Bequest is an intriguing collection of paintings, sculpture, pottery and glassware. Ray Mill Island is a park, and the mill was later turned into a hotel. The well known National Trust house of Cliveden looks down on the River Thames in nearby Taplow.

Maidenhead Historical Past: The initial settlement of Maidenhythe grew up around the river during the times of the Saxons. The well known bridge across the river was built in about 1777 (for around £19,000), the initial bridge of wood construction, first put up in 1255 had a wharf adjacent to it & it is from this that the town is understood to have derived its current name (from 'New Wharf' or 'Maiden Hythe'). Soon after the constructing of this first bridge, Maidenhead became a key stopping off place for travellers taking the journey from London to Bath.

Maidenhead Bridge and River Thames - geograph.org.uk - 205285The train line found its way to Maidenhead in 1838 (Great Western Railway) and a railway bridge was built over the river to a design by the outstanding Isambard Kingdom Brunel. In the Nineteenth Century Maidenhead developed into highly popular riverside destination for the affluent and wealthy of London & the hotel on the Thames became the hang-out of famous playboys of that time. After the arrival of the railway service Maidenhead grew dramatically and in 1894 it broke up from the parishes of Bray and Cookham, becoming a town in its own right.

Current day Maidenhead is in the middle of 'communter country' & its ideal setting on the M4/A4 renders it a critical centre for the area. While a good many commute from Maidenhead to Central london & other big towns in the area, Maidenhead itself has a reasonable amount of light industry and employs many in such industrial sectors as pharmaceuticals, plastics & computer software.

Maidenhead is widely known for its football team Maidenhead United (nicknamed the Magpies) which plays at York Road claimed to be one of the oldest grounds on the planet. Maidenhead United were established in eighteen seventy and were one of the original fifteen competitors in the 1st F.A. Cup tournament held in 1871-72.

Things to Do Around Maidenhead: One of the most popular visitor attractions for individuals visiting Maidenhead is without doubt the River Thames itself, with its boating, its natural charm, its flora and fauna and its gorgeous riverside walks. If for no other justification than this, Maidenhead is well worth the trip. For everybody very much interested in the history of Maidenhead, the Maidenhead Heritage Centre and Museum is a must visit place. Here one can find out about Maidenhead history since Roman days along to the present day and enjoy antiquities, photos and documents relating to Maidenhead and its historical past. Movie enthusiasts might well wish to go to the 8-screen Odeon multiplex cinema, whilst sporting enthusiasts may go to watch the local Maidenhead United play soccer at their York Road pitch, or alternatively check out the Magnet Leisure Centre enjoying its excellent pool and massive variety of sports and activities available for the local people and visitors alike.

You could also visit: Savill Garden, Dorney Court, Legoland Windsor, Cheeky Charlies Play Centre, Ray Mill Island, Extreme Motion Skate Park, Berkshire Paintball Park, Hobbs of Henley, Odeon Multiplex Cinema, Bracknell Ski Slope, Playtrain, Langley Leisure Centre, Windsor Great Park, Braywick Nature Centre, Premier Karting, Bekonscot Model Village, Cliveden Gardens and Maze, Jungle Mania (Bourne End), Bisham Woods, Tenpin Maidenhead (Tenpin Bowling), Wycombe Museum, Whoosh Play Centre, Slough Museum, Church Wood, Cocksherd Bluebell Wood (Britwell), Absolutely Karting, Edwards Amusements, Skirmish Wycombe, Black Park, Monkey Mates Play Centre, Thames Valley Adventure Playground.

A selection of Maidenhead streets and roads: Moorlands Drive, Avenue Road, Ray Mead Road, Danes Gardens, Cotswold Close, Hobbis Drive, Inwood Close, Radcot Close, Hag Hill Lane, Walker Road, Northfield Road, Switchback Road South, Lillibrooke Crescent, Lime Walk, Belmont Park Avenue, Regal Court, Castle Drive, Hedsor Park, Golden Ball Lane, Burchetts Green Road, Hardwick Close, Ferndale Park, Cannock Close, Lassell Court, Waltham Close, Barrs Road, Tithe Barn Drive, College Avenue, Applecroft, Ray Lodge Mews, High Town Road, Belmont Crescent, Cheviot Close, Ribstone Road, Laxton Green, Eskdale Gardens, Curls Road, Nightingale Place, Risborough Road, Sandy Mead, Crescent Drive, Minton Rise, Court Close, Trenchard Road, Barnfield Close, The Switchback, Pheasants Croft, Beech Close, Harvest Hill Road, Derwent Drive, St Marks Road.

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