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Location: Berkshire (Berks), England, UK.

Postcode: SL6

Dialling Code: 01628

Population: 78,000 (2011)

Maidenhead - A historical town with a story going back to far off Anglo-Saxon periods, Maidenhead can be found in the county of Berkshire (Berks) in the Home Counties, in the Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead roughly 40 kilometres from London's centre. It has got a resident population of about 78,000 and sits on the banks of the River Thames. The town of Maidenhead is a sizable 'dormitory' suburb for London, however is still a useful centre for discovering the appealing nearby countryside. The River Thames at this point is spanned by an 18th century road bridge and a wonderful railway bridge designed in the mid-1800's by the exceptional engineer Isambard Kingdom Brunel, the railway bridge was the setting of J M W Turner's work 'Rain, Steam and Speed'. The River Thames at Maidenhead is in addition noted for Boulter's Lock, a well known boating rendezvous and beauty spot. To the west of the town is the Courage Shire Horse Centre, where the renowned brewery's twelve Shire horses can be viewed, as well as a presentation on the story of the horses. In Maidenhead town itself you can observe almshouses dating from as long ago as 1659. The Harry Reitlinger Bequest is a remarkable collection of paintings, sculpture, pottery & glassware. Ray Mill Island is a public garden, & the mill later became a hotel. The widley known house of Cliveden looks down on the Thames in nearby Taplow.

Maidenhead Historical Past: The first settlement of Maiden Hythe grew up beside the the Thames during the times of the Anglo-Saxons. The famous bridge across the Thames was built in around 1777 (for around nineteen thousand pounds), the original wooden bridge, first erected in 1255 had a wharf built adjacent to it & this is where the town is thought to have got its name (from 'New Wharf' or 'Maiden Hythe'). After the establishment of this 1st bridge, Maidenhead grew to be an excellent stopping off point for travellers taking the journey from London to Bath.

Maidenhead Bridge and River Thames - geograph.org.uk - 205285The railway arrived in Maidenhead in 1838 (Great Western Railway) and a railway bridge was erected over the river designed by the exceptional Isambard Kingdom Brunel. During the 19th Century Maidenhead became a popular riverside destination for the prosperous & affluent of London & the hotel alongside the river came to be the hang-out of infamous playboys of the day. After the arrival of the railway Maidenhead grew fairly quickly & in 1894 it split up from the parishes of Bray and Cookham, to become a town in its own right.

Current day Maidenhead is in the centre of 'communter country' and its ideal spot on the M4/A4 helps it be an important town for the area. While many travel from Maidenhead to Central london and various other significant towns in the area, Maidenhead itself has a bit of light industry and provides jobs for many people in such industrial sectors as pharmaceuticals, computer software and plastics.

Maidenhead is widely known for its football team Maidenhead United (known as the Magpies) which plays at York Rd claimed to be one of the oldest grounds around the world. Maidenhead United were established in eighteen seventy and were one of the first fifteen entrants in the first F.A. Cup competition held in 1871-72.

Maidenhead Attractions: Certainly one of the most popular tourist attractions for those going to Maidenhead is as you can imagine the River Thames itself, with its boating, its natural charm, its flora and fauna and its attractive riverside walks. If for no other justification than this, the town is seriously worth a trip. For individuals looking into the history of Maidenhead, the Maidenhead Heritage Centre and Museum is a must. Here one can learn about Maidenhead history since Roman times up to the present day and enjoy photographs, artifacts and records related to Maidenhead and its historic past. Movie addicts might well wish to head for the 8-screen Odeon multiplex cinema, while sporting fans might go to watch Maidenhead United play football at their York Road stadium, or even visit the Magnet Leisure Centre using its excellent swimming pool and vast range of sports and activities available for the local people and visitors alike.

You could also visit: Tenpin Maidenhead (Tenpin Bowling), River and Rowing Museum, Absolutely Karting, Longridge Activity Centre (Marlow), Montem Leisure Centre, Cheeky Charlies Play Centre, E J Churchill Shooting Ground, Sector 7 Laser (Combat Gaming), Legoland Windsor, Hobbs of Henley, Stanley Spencer Gallery, Riverside Gardens and Play Area, Extreme Motion Skate Park, Church Wood, Windsor Castle, Bracknell Leisure Centre, Jungle Mania (Bourne End), Berkshire Paintball Park, Snakes and Ladders at Slough, Wayside Stables, Dinton Pastures Country Park, Slough Ice Arena, Cocksherd Bluebell Wood (Britwell), Bekonscot Model Village, Skirmish Wycombe, Big Fun 4 Kids Indoor Playcentre, Braywick Nature Centre, Bracknell Ski Slope, Bracknell Ice Skating, Thames Valley Falconry Center, Beeches.

A selection of Maidenhead streets and roads: Brock Lane, Chatsworth Close, Canon Hill Way, Cliveden Mead, Deerswood, Michael Close, Church View, Walgrove Gardens, Hazell Close, Risborough Road, The Farthingales, Blakeney Court, Bass Mead, Mallow Park, North Star Lane, Hurstfield Drive, Hemsdale, Roman Lea, Islet Park, Cookham Dean Bottom, Church Hill, Ray Meadow, St Chads Road, Croxley Rise, Pinkneys Drive, Woodlands Park Avenue, Cherington Gate, Athlone Close, High Road, Holly Drive, Queen Street, Broomhill, Edinburgh Road, Cox Green Road, Fifield Road, Wessex Way, Stud Green, Belmont Crescent, Cheviot Close, Hag Hill Lane, Switchback Close, Hillmead Court, Waltham Close, Hills Lane, Hasting Close, Westwood Green, Bracken Road, Stratford Gardens, Shirley Road, Manor Grove, Ray Lea Road.

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