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Location: Berkshire, England, UK.

Postcode: SL6

Dialling Code: 01628

Population: 78,000 (2011)

Maidenhead - A historic town with a story harping back to far off Saxon days, Maidenhead is located in the county of Berks in the Home Counties, within the Borough of Windsor & Maidenhead about 40 kilometres from the centre of London. Maidenhead has got a population of close to seventy eight thousand inhabitants and lies on the banks of the River Thames. It is a major 'dormitory' suburb of the city of London, although is still a great centre for exploring the nearby countryside. The Thames here is spanned by an 18th century road bridge & also a fantastic railway bridge built in eighteen thirty eight by the first-class engineer Isambard Kingdom Brunel, the rail bridge is the inspiration for Joseph Turner's work 'Rain, Steam and Speed'. The Thames at Maidenhead is additionally well known for Boulter's Lock, a well known boating assembly point and beauty spot. To the west of Maidenhead is the Courage Shire Horse Centre, a place that the well known brewery's twelve Shire horses can be seen, with a display on the historical past of those horses. In Maidenhead town itself you can view almshouses dating from mid-seventeenth century. The Harry Reitlinger Bequest is an interesting collection of paintings, sculpture, glassware and pottery. Ray Mill Island is a public garden, & the mill is now a hotel. The widley known National Trust run Cliveden stands high above in neighbouring Taplow.

The History of Maidenhead: The original settlement of Maiden Hythe started around the the River Thames in Saxon times. The well known bridge across the River Thames was constructed in about 1777 (at a cost of nineteen thousand pounds), the original bridge of wood construction, first built in 1255 had a wharf built next to it & it is from this that the town is assumed to have derived its current name (taken from 'New Wharf' or 'Maiden Hythe'). After the building of this first bridge, Maidenhead evolved into an important stopping point for travellers on the journey from Bath to London.

Maidenhead Bridge and River Thames - geograph.org.uk - 205285The railway line arrived in Maidenhead in 1838 (Great Western Railway) & a railway bridge was erected over the river designed by the amazing Isambard Kingdom Brunel. During the 19th Century Maidenhead became a highly popular riverside resort for London's rich & prosperous and the hotel alongside the Thames became the haunt of notorious playboys of those times. Following the coming of the railway service the town expanded swiftly and in 1894 it split from the parishes of Bray and Cookham, becoming a town in its own right.

Today's Maidenhead is in the midst of 'communter country' & its handy location on the M4/A4 helps it be an important centre for the region. Although many commute from Maidenhead to The city of london and other major towns in the region, Maidenhead itself has a certain amount of light industry and provides jobs for many in such industries as plastics, computer software and pharmaceuticals.

Maidenhead is widely known for its soccer team Maidenhead United (referred to as the Magpies) which plays at York Rd claimed to be one of the oldest football pitches on the planet. Maidenhead United were formed in 1870 and were one of the original 15 competitors in the very first F.A. Cup tournament held in 1871-72.

Tourist Attractions in Maidenhead: Among the leading points of interest for anyone going to Maidenhead is without a doubt the Thames itself, with its water related facilities, its natural splendor, its wildlife and its breathtaking riverside walks. If no justification other than this, the town is seriously worth the trip. For everybody 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 from Roman days up to the present and see written documents, artifacts and photographs relevant to the town and its history. Film addicts might well want to head to the eight-screen Odeon cinema, whereas sporting addicts could go to see Maidenhead United play football at their York Road pitch, or possibly check out the Magnet Leisure Centre with its wonderful pool and enormous choice of activities and sports available for the local community and visitors alike.

You could also visit: Bekonscot Model Village, Beeches, Riverside Gardens and Play Area, Wycombe Museum, Thames Valley Falconry Center, Playtrain, Slough Ice Arena, Snakes and Ladders at Slough, Windsor Castle, Langley Leisure Centre, River and Rowing Museum, Montem Leisure Centre, Dorney Court, Braywick Nature Centre, Big Fun 4 Kids Indoor Playcentre, Waltham Place, Bracknell Ice Skating, Cheeky Charlies Play Centre, Wayside Stables, Dinton Pastures Country Park, Gleniffer Stables, Pullingshill Wood, Odeon Multiplex Cinema, Savill Garden, Black Park, Extreme Motion Skate Park, Popes Meadow, Hobbs of Henley, E J Churchill Shooting Ground, Edwards Amusements, Jungle Mania (Bourne End).

A selection of Maidenhead streets and roads: Bix Lane, Tithe Close, Thatchers Drive, Furrow Way, Nightingale Lane, Jubilee Road, Longleat Gardens, Cookham Road, Furze Road, Mercia Road, Islet Park Drive, Broomhill, Langton Close, Bramble Drive, Cherry Garden Lane, Priors Close, Long Lane, Cliveden Estate, Seymour Close, Trenchard Road, Oldershaw Mews, The Drive, Smewins Road, Altwood Drive, Bridge Avenue, Northumbria Road, Cordwallis Road, Havelock Road, Sandringham Road, Applecroft, Merton Close, Graham Close, Pondwood Lane, Ferry End, Regal Court, Kinghorn Lane, Smithfield Road, Bedford Close, Beechwood Drive, Kelsey Close, Newbury Drive, Ferry Road, Lancastria Mews, Church View, Lakeside, Church Road, Salters Close, Penyston Road, Grove Road, Shoppenhangers Road, Park Corner.

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