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Location: Berkshire, Home Counties, UK.

Postcode: SL6

Dialling Code: 01628

Population: 78,000 (2011)

Maidenhead - A historic town with a historic past stretching back to far off Anglo-Saxon times, Maidenhead can be found in the county of Berkshire in the Home Counties, within the Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead about 40km from central London. The town has a population of around 78,000 inhabitants & lies on the banks of the River Thames. Maidenhead is a good sized 'dormitory' suburb of London, nevertheless is a nice centre for exploring the lovely nearby countryside. The Thames here is traversed by an eighteenth century road bridge plus a stunning railway bridge built in 1838 by the superb engineer Isambard Kingdom Brunel, the rail bridge is the subject of Turner's work 'Rain, Steam & Speed'. The Thames at Maidenhead is also known for Boulter's Lock, a favorite boating meeting place and beauty spot. West of Maidenhead is the Courage Shire Horse Centre, a place that the well known brewery's Shire horses can be seen, with a display on the historical past of the horses. In the town itself are almshouses dating from as far back as sixteen fifty nine. The Harry Reitlinger Bequest is a great collection of paintings, sculpture, pottery & glassware. Ray Mill Island is a park, and the mill is now a hotel. The famed Italianate mansion Cliveden stands high above in nearby Taplow.

The Historical Past of Maidenhead: The first settlement of Maidenhythe grew up beside the the Thames in Saxon times. The well known bridge across the Thames 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 & it is from this that the town is believed to have got its name (from 'New Wharf' or 'Maiden Hythe'). After the establishment of this 1st bridge, Maidenhead grew to become an important stopping off point for travellers making the route from London to Bath.

Maidenhead Bridge and River Thames - geograph.org.uk - 205285The railway service found its way to Maidenhead in 1838 (Great Western Railway) & a railway bridge was built over the Thames designed by the great Isambard Kingdom Brunel. Through the Nineteenth Century Maidenhead became a highly popular riverside destination for the rich and prosperous of London and the hotel alongside the riverbank became the hang-out of infamous playboys of the day. Soon after the coming of the railway Maidenhead grew quickly & in 1894 it split up from the parishes of Cookham & Bray, becoming a town in its own right.

Present day Maidenhead is in the heart of 'communter country' and its handy spot on the M4/A4 renders it a crucial commercial centre for the area. Although many commute from Maidenhead to Central london and some other significant towns in the region, Maidenhead itself has a certain amount of light industry and employs many in such fields as computer software, pharmaceuticals and plastics.

Maidenhead is known in sports circles for its football team Maidenhead United (referred to as the Magpies) who play at York Rd among the oldest grounds in the world. Maidenhead United were formed in eighteen seventy and were one of the original fifteen competitors in the 1st F.A. Cup tournament which took place in 1871-72.

Tourist Attractions Around Maidenhead: Amongst the biggest visitor attractions for tourists going to Maidenhead is as you can imagine the River Thames itself, with its boating facilities, its natural beauty, its wildlife and its magnificent riverside walks. If no reason other than this, Maidenhead is really worth the trip. For those people very much interested in the history of Maidenhead, the Maidenhead Heritage Centre and Museum will be the first port of call. Here you can learn about Maidenhead history from the time of the Romans along to modern times and see photographs, records and artifacts relating to Maidenhead and its historical background. Movie addicts might well want to head to the eight-screen Odeon cinema, whereas sporting enthusiasts may go to watch Maidenhead United play football at their York Road ground, or alternatively go to the Magnet Leisure Centre using its magnificent swimming pool and vast range of recreation activities and sports available for the local people and visitors alike.

You could also visit: Riverside Gardens and Play Area, Premier Karting, Legoland Windsor, Church Wood, Sector 7 Laser (Combat Gaming), Wycombe Museum, Dorney Court, River and Rowing Museum, Windsor Leisure Centre, Homefield Wood, Savill Garden, Bracknell Ski Slope, Playtrain, Extreme Motion Skate Park, Gleniffer Stables, Langley Leisure Centre, Museum of Berkshire Aviation, Black Park, Dinton Pastures Country Park, Big Fun 4 Kids Indoor Playcentre, Bisham Woods, Bekonscot Model Village, Waltham Place, Cliveden Gardens and Maze, Cocksherd Bluebell Wood (Britwell), Maidenhead Steam Navigation Company, Skirmish Wycombe, Hobbs of Henley, Thames Valley Falconry Center, Stanley Spencer Gallery, Pullingshill Wood.

A selection of Maidenhead streets and roads: Oldacres, Coningsby Lane, Moorfield Terrace, Grosvenor Drive, Pinkneys Road, Ray Mill Road East, Riseley Road, St Marks Crescent, Waltham Close, Canon Hill Drive, Medallion Place, Cope Court, Darlings Lane, Wellbank, Rosebank Close, Islet Park, Cavendish Close, Hag Hill Rise, Northumbria Road, Huntercombe Close, Hardwick Close, Stirling Grove, Stubbles Lane, Hurstfield Drive, Pearce Drive, Cherry Garden Lane, Harrow Close, Norden Close, Grubwood Lane, Highfield Lane, Oldfield Road, Pelham Court, Cornwall Close, Sherwood Drive, Mapledurham Walk, Elmwood, Kings Grove, Beaufort Place, Holyport Street, Audley Drive, Heathlands Drive, Approach Road, Manor Lane, North Town Mead, Butchers Lane, Byland Drive, Harcourt Close, Gilchrist Way, High Street, Rutland Place, Wootton Way.

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