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

Postcode: SL6

Dialling Code: 01628

Population: 78,000 (2011)

Maidenhead - A historic town with a historic past stretching back to early Saxon times, Maidenhead is found in Berkshire (Berks) county in the Home Counties, within the Borough of Windsor & Maidenhead approximately 40 kilometres from the centre of London. The town has a population of about seventy eight thousand inhabitants and lies beside the River Thames. It is a large 'dormitory' suburb for London, however is a useful destination for exploring the attractive nearby countryside. The River Thames at this point is spanned by an eighteenth century road bridge together with a fine railway bridge erected in the mid-nineteenth century by the first-class engineer Isambard Kingdom Brunel, the rail bridge is the inspiration for Joseph Mallord Turner's painting 'Rain, Steam and Speed'. The Thames at Maidenhead is in addition well known for Boulter's Lock, a favorite boating meeting place & beauty spot. West of Maidenhead you will find the Courage Shire Horse Centre, where the widely recognized brewers Shire horses can be seen, along with a display on the historic past of the horses. In the town itself are almshouses dating from as far back as the 17th century. The Harry Reitlinger Bequest is a great collection of paintings, sculpture, glassware & pottery. Ray Mill Island is a public garden, and the mill later became a hotel. The acclaimed Italianate mansion Cliveden looks down on the Thames in nearby Taplow.

The Story of Maidenhead: The former settlement of Maiden Hythe developed around the the River Thames during Saxon times. The famed bridge across the River Thames was built in about 1777 (at a cost of nineteen thousand pounds), the initial wooden bridge, first put up in 1255 had a wharf alongside it & it is from this that the town is understood to have got its name (taken from 'New Wharf' or 'Maiden Hythe'). Following the building of this 1st bridge, Maidenhead got to be a crucial stop off point for travellers making the journey from Bath to London.

Maidenhead Bridge and River Thames - geograph.org.uk - 205285The train found its way to Maidenhead in 1838 (Great Western Railway) & a railway bridge was erected over the river designed by the outstanding Isambard Kingdom Brunel. Through the Nineteenth Century Maidenhead became a very popular riverside destination for the affluent & prosperous of London & the hotel by the river became the hang-out of notorious playboys of the day. Soon after the coming of the railway service the town expanded very quickly and in 1894 it separated from the parishes of Cookham and Bray, developing into a town in its own right.

Current day Maidenhead is in the midst of 'communter country' and its handy spot on the A4/ M4 helps it be a vital commercial centre for the region. While a great many commute from Maidenhead to The city of london & other large towns in the area, the town itself has a smattering of light industry & employs many workers in such industries as computer software, plastics & pharmaceuticals.

Maidenhead is respected for its football team Maidenhead United (nicknamed the Magpies) who play at York Road among the oldest grounds on the planet. Maidenhead United were established in 1870 and were one of the first fifteen competitors in the very first F.A. Cup competition held in 1871-72.

Maidenhead Places to Visit: One of the main sights for folks visiting Maidenhead is clearly the River Thames itself, with its boating facilities, its natural beauty, its wildlife and its relaxing riverside walks. If no reason other than this, the town is seriously worth checking out. For those very much interested in the history of Maidenhead, the Maidenhead Heritage Centre and Museum is a must visit place. There you can learn about Maidenhead history since Roman days along to the present day and examine photos, artifacts and documents related to the town and its past. Film lovers might well want to head for the 8-screen Odeon cinema, whereas sporting addicts may go and watch the local Maidenhead United play soccer at their York Road ground, or even check out the Magnet Leisure Centre enjoying its first class swimming pool and amazing range of activities and sports provided for the local community and visitors alike.

You could also visit: Cliveden Gardens and Maze, Berkshire Paintball Park, Extreme Motion Skate Park, Bracknell Leisure Centre, Pullingshill Wood, Stanley Spencer Gallery, Hobbs of Henley, Windsor Great Park, Whoosh Play Centre, Playtrain, Odds Farm Park, Big Fun 4 Kids Indoor Playcentre, Monkey Mates Play Centre, Wayside Stables, Homefield Wood, Skirmish Wycombe, Riverside Gardens and Play Area, Maidenhead Steam Navigation Company, Thames Valley Adventure Playground, Odeon Multiplex Cinema, Ray Mill Island, Braywick Nature Centre, Bekonscot Model Village, Langley Leisure Centre, Bracknell Ice Skating, Black Park, Beeches, Tenpin Maidenhead (Tenpin Bowling), Sector 7 Laser (Combat Gaming), Kidwells Park, Windsor Castle.

A selection of Maidenhead streets and roads: Willow Drive, Oldfield View, Averil Court, Wellbank, Yew Tree Close, Church Close, Langworthy Lane, North Town Mead, White Acres Drive, Norfolk Road, Furrow Way, Bridge Street, Barnfield Close, Bishop Court, Ashton Place, Bradcutts Lane, Lovett Gardens, Archer Close, Bucklebury Close, Hardwick Close, Hurley Lane, Startins Lane, Shirley Road, Conway Road, Kinghorn Park, Hills Lane, Switchback Road North, Ashley Park, The Ridings, Highgrove Park, New Road, West Street, College Road, Church Hill, Bedford Close, Frances Avenue, Minton Rise, Altwood Close, Broadwater Park, Bray Close, Greenways Drive, Whyteladyes Lane, Malvern Road, The Crescent, Cedar Drive, Alvista Avenue, Pine Close, Bracken Road, Hillcrest Avenue, St Davids Close, Wessons Hill.

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