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

Postcode: SL6

Dialling Code: 01628

Population: 78,000 (2011)

Maidenhead - A historic town with a historical past harping back to early Anglo-Saxon times, Maidenhead is found in Berkshire (Berks) county in the Home Counties, within the Royal Borough of Windsor & Maidenhead around 40 km from central London. Maidenhead has a population of roughly 78,000 inhabitants and lies on the banks of the River Thames. It is a substantial 'dormitory' suburb of the city of London, but is still a useful vicinity for discovering the wonderful nearby countryside. The River Thames here is spanned by an eighteenth century road bridge along with a splendid railway bridge constructed in the mid-1800's by the clever engineer Isambard Kingdom Brunel, the rail bridge is the setting for Joseph Turner's work 'Rain, Steam and Speed'. The Thames at Maidenhead is in addition well known for Boulter's Lock, a fashionable boating rendezvous & beauty spot. To the west of the town is the Courage Shire Horse Centre, a place that the widely recognized brewers twelve Shire horses can be seen, together with a display on the historical past of those horses. In Maidenhead town itself you can find almshouses dating from 1659. The Harry Reitlinger Bequest is a great collection of paintings, sculpture, glassware and pottery. Ray Mill Island is a park, and the mill is now a hotel. The acclaimed National Trust house of Cliveden looks down on the river in nearby Taplow.

The Story of Maidenhead: The original settlement of Maiden Hythe developed by the the Thames during the days of the Anglo-Saxons. The famed bridge across the Thames was constructed in about 1777 (at a cost of £19,000), the original wooden bridge, first erected in 1255 had a wharf next to it and this is where the town is believed to have derived its current name (taken from 'New Wharf' or 'Maiden Hythe'). Following the building of this first bridge, Maidenhead evolved into an essential stopping place for travellers taking the journey from Bath to London.

Maidenhead Bridge and River Thames - geograph.org.uk - 205285The train line arrived at Maidenhead in 1838 (Great Western Railway) & a rail bridge was built over the River Thames to a design by the incredible Isambard Kingdom Brunel. Over the Nineteenth Century Maidenhead became a highly popular riverside destination for the affluent and prosperous of London and the hotel on the Thames became the haunt of notorious playboys of the day. After the arrival of the railway line Maidenhead expanded very quickly and in 1894 it broke up from the parishes of Cookham and Bray, turning into a town in its own right.

Today's Maidenhead is in the centre of 'communter country' and its handy location on the M4/A4 makes it a very important town for the region. Although many commute from Maidenhead to The city of london and various other major towns in the area, Maidenhead itself has some light industry & employs many workers in such fields as plastics, pharmaceuticals & computer software.

Maidenhead is renowned for its football team Maidenhead United (called the Magpies) who play at York Rd among the oldest grounds around the world. Maidenhead United were established in 1870 and were one of the original 15 entries in the very first F.A. Cup tournament held in 1871-72.

Maidenhead Attractions: One of the chief visitor attractions for people going to Maidenhead is as you can imagine the River Thames itself, with its boating facilities, its natural charm, its flora and fauna and its appealing riverside walks. If no reason other than this, Maidenhead is really worth a trip. For anybody interested in the history of Maidenhead, the Maidenhead Heritage Centre and Museum is a must visit place. Here you'll find out about Maidenhead history since Roman times right up to the present and look at artifacts, photographs and documents relating to Maidenhead and its historical background. Movie enthusiasts might well want to head for the eight-screen Odeon cinema, while sporting enthusiasts may go to see the local Maidenhead United play soccer at their York Road pitch, or alternatively visit the Magnet Leisure Centre using its awesome pool and tremendous range of sports and recreation activities available for the local people and visitors alike.

You could also visit: Dinton Pastures Country Park, Hobbs of Henley, Ray Mill Island, E J Churchill Shooting Ground, Monkey Mates Play Centre, Old Thatch Gardens, Sector 7 Laser (Combat Gaming), Bracknell Leisure Centre, Cocksherd Bluebell Wood (Britwell), Absolutely Karting, Snakes and Ladders at Slough, Tenpin Maidenhead (Tenpin Bowling), Bekonscot Model Village, Savill Garden, Odds Farm Park, Homefield Wood, Windsor Castle, Bisham Woods, Waltham Place, Braywick Nature Centre, Longridge Activity Centre (Marlow), Cheeky Charlies Play Centre, Thames Valley Falconry Center, Kidwells Park, Bracknell Ice Skating, Edwards Amusements, Black Park, Jungle Mania (Bourne End), Premier Karting, Bracknell Ski Slope, Slough Ice Arena.

A selection of Maidenhead streets and roads: Peters Lane, Station Road, Marsh Lane, Old Forge Close, Wellbank, Bray Close, Lightlands Lane, Audley Drive, Clivemont Road, Raymond Road, Kidwells Close, Sperling Road, Elizabeth Close, Horton Close, Great Hill Crescent, Furze Platt Road, River Court, Wayside Mews, The Terrace, Heywood Gardens, Prince Andrew Road, Thatchers Drive, Quarry Wood, Cherwell Close, King Street, Timbers Walk, Ashcroft Road, Homeside Close, Northfield Road, Pearce Road, Brookdene Close, Bramley Chase, Ellington Court, Paddock Close, Westacott Way, Moor End, Braybank, Newlands Drive, The Farthingales, Sandy Mead, Holyport Street, Lonsdale Way, Nursery Road, Hardwick Close, Vivien Close, Camperdown, Reeve Road, Westmorland Road, Southwood Gardens, Bridge Street, Smewins Road.

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