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Location: Berkshire (Berks), Home Counties, England, UK.

Postcode: SL6

Dialling Code: 01628

Population: 78,000 (2011)

Maidenhead - An old town with a history stretching back to early Saxon times, Maidenhead is located in the county of Berks in the Home Counties, in the Borough of Windsor & Maidenhead about forty km from the City of London. It has a populace of about seventy eight thousand inhabitants and lies on the banks of the River Thames. It is a considerable 'dormitory' suburb for London, but it is a decent centre for discovering the nearby countryside. The River Thames here is traversed by an 18th century road bridge plus a superb railway bridge designed in eighteen thirty eight by the magnificent engineer Isambard Kingdom Brunel, the rail bridge is the setting of Joseph Mallord Turner's painting 'Rain, Steam & Speed'. The river at Maidenhead is furthermore famous for Boulter's Lock, a popular boating assembly point & beauty spot. Found to the west of the town is the Courage Shire Horse Centre, a place that the widely known brewers Shire horses can be viewed, plus a presentation on the history of the horses. In Maidenhead town itself you can see almshouses dating from mid-seventeenth century. The Harry Reitlinger Bequest is a remarkable collection of sculpture, paintings, pottery & glassware. Ray Mill Island is a public garden, and the mill later became a hotel. The well known National Trust house of Cliveden stands high above in nearby Taplow.

Maidenhead Historic Past: The initial settlement of Maiden Hythe started by the the Thames in Anglo-Saxon times. The famed bridge across the River Thames was built in around 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 and this is where the town is thought to have got its name (taken from 'New Wharf' or 'Maiden Hythe'). After the building of this first bridge, Maidenhead grew to become an excellent stopping place for travellers on the route from London to Bath.

Maidenhead Bridge and River Thames - geograph.org.uk - 205285The train service came to Maidenhead in 1838 (Great Western Railway) and a rail bridge was constructed over the Thames designed by the remarkable Isambard Kingdom Brunel. In the Nineteenth Century Maidenhead became a highly popular riverside destination for the rich and wealthy of London & the hotel alongside the river became the haunt of notorious playboys of those times. After the arrival of the railway line Maidenhead expanded very quickly & in 1894 it separated from the parishes of Bray & Cookham, becoming a town in its own right.

Current day Maidenhead is in the midst of 'communter country' & its handy setting on the A4/ M4 makes it an important centre for the region. While a good many travel from Maidenhead to Central london & some other major towns in the region, Maidenhead itself has a reasonable amount of light industry & provides jobs for many in such industrial sectors as computer software, pharmaceuticals and plastics.

Maidenhead is known in sporting circles for its football team Maidenhead United (referred to as the Magpies) which plays at York Rd among the oldest grounds in the world. Maidenhead United were established in eighteen seventy & were one of the original 15 entries in the 1st F.A. Cup competition held in 1871-72.

Tourist Attractions in and Near Maidenhead: Amongst the leading tourist attractions for those going to Maidenhead is as you can imagine the River Thames itself, with its boating, its natural beauty, its flora and fauna and its attractive riverside walks. If no purpose other than that, the town is well worth a visit. For individuals enthusiastic about the history of Maidenhead, the Maidenhead Heritage Centre and Museum is a must visit place. Here you'll learn about Maidenhead history from the Roman period right up to the present day and look at records, photographs and artefacts pertaining to the town and its history. Film fans might well want to head to the 8-screen Odeon cinema, whereas sports addicts could go and see the local Maidenhead United play soccer at their York Road pitch, or possibly go to the Magnet Leisure Centre enjoying its magnificent swimming pool and tremendous range of recreation activities and sports provided for the local people and visitors alike.

You could also visit: Tenpin Maidenhead (Tenpin Bowling), Windsor Great Park, Montem Leisure Centre, Popes Meadow, Pullingshill Wood, Whoosh Play Centre, Bracknell Leisure Centre, Bisham Woods, Kidwells Park, River and Rowing Museum, Odeon Multiplex Cinema, Bekonscot Model Village, Jungle Mania (Bourne End), Slough Museum, Thames Valley Falconry Center, Homefield Wood, Dinton Pastures Country Park, Stanley Spencer Gallery, Black Park, Extreme Motion Skate Park, Absolutely Karting, Playtrain, Bracknell Ski Slope, Ray Mill Island, Church Wood, Cheeky Charlies Play Centre, Legoland Windsor, Windsor Castle, Dorney Court, Sector 7 Laser (Combat Gaming), Hobbs of Henley.

A selection of Maidenhead streets and roads: The Thicket, Riseley Road, Nicholsons Walk, Norfolk Park Cottages, Ray Lodge Mews, Old Mill Lane, Rushington Avenue, Ashbourne Grove, Fane Way, Boulters Lock Island, Fifield Road, Black Boy Lane, Kings Grove, Challow Court, Cedar Chase, Lent Rise Road, Forlease Road, Earlsfield, Fielding Road, Sunderland Road, Twynham Road, Ray Park Road, Ray Meadow, Hall Place Lane, Stroud Farm Road, Bigfrith Lane, Belmont Drive, Osney Road, Archer Close, Westacott Way, The Avenue, Camden Road, Folly Way, Gordon Road, Belmont Crescent, Ascot Road, Astor Close, Ray Mead Road, Gardner Road, College Avenue, Barn Close, Peters Lane, Oldfield Road, Raymond Road, Spencers Lane, Chiltern Road, All Saints Avenue, Hungerford Drive, Norden Close, Hag Hill Rise, Stafferton Way.

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