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Location: Berkshire, Home Counties, United Kingdom.

Postcode: SL6

Dialling Code: 01628

Population: 78,000 (2011)

Maidenhead - An ancient town with a story stretching back to early Anglo-Saxon times, Maidenhead is found in Berks county in the Home Counties, in the Borough of Windsor & Maidenhead roughly 40 km from central London. It has got a population of around 78,000 inhabitants and stands on the banks of the River Thames. It is a sizeable 'dormitory' suburb for London, but is a great position for discovering the charming nearby countryside. The Thames at this point is spanned by an eighteenth century road bridge in addition to a stunning railway bridge built in the mid-nineteenth century by the extraordinary engineer Isambard Kingdom Brunel, the railway bridge was the setting for Turner's painting 'Rain, Steam & Speed'. The Thames at Maidenhead is furthermore known for Boulter's Lock, a well-liked boating meeting place & beauty spot. Found to the west of the town you can find the Courage Shire Horse Centre, where the famous brewery's Shire horses can be seen, with a presentation on the story of the horses. In Maidenhead town itself you can see almshouses dating from as far back as sixteen fifty nine. The Harry Reitlinger Bequest is a fascinating collection of paintings, sculpture, pottery & glassware. Ray Mill Island is a park, and the mill is now a hotel. The famed house of Cliveden looks down on the river in nearby Taplow.

Maidenhead Historical Past: The initial settlement of Maiden Hythe evolved beside the river in the times of the Saxons. The celebrated bridge across the Thames was erected in about 1777 (at a cost of nineteen thousand pounds), the initial bridge of wood construction, first erected in 1255 had a wharf alongside it & it is from this that the town is believed to have got its name (from 'New Wharf' or 'Maiden Hythe'). After the constructing of this 1st bridge, Maidenhead developed into a vital stop off spot for travellers on the journey from London to Bath.

Maidenhead Bridge and River Thames - geograph.org.uk - 205285The railway service came to Maidenhead in 1838 (Great Western Railway) & a railway bridge was erected over the River Thames designed by the exceptional Isambard Kingdom Brunel. Over the Nineteenth Century Maidenhead evolved into popular riverside resort for London's rich and prosperous & the hotel alongside the river came to be the hang-out of infamous playboys of the day. After the coming of the railway the town grew quickly and in 1894 it split from the parishes of Bray & Cookham, turning into a town in its own right.

Twenty-first century Maidenhead is in the heart of 'communter country' & its key setting on the A4/ M4 helps it be a fundamental town for the area. Although many commute from Maidenhead to Central london and various other major towns in the area, Maidenhead itself has a reasonable amount of light industry & provides jobs for many in such market sectors as computer software, plastics & pharmaceuticals.

Maidenhead is well known for its soccer team Maidenhead United (nicknamed the Magpies) which plays at York Rd among the oldest football pitches on the planet. Maidenhead United were formed in eighteen seventy and were one of the first 15 entries in the 1st F.A. Cup competition which took place in 1871-72.

Maidenhead Places to Visit: Among the main sights for tourists visiting Maidenhead is as you can imagine the River Thames itself, with its boating facilities, its natural beauty, its flora and fauna and its beautiful riverside walks. If for no other reason than this, Maidenhead is very well worth checking out. For everyone looking into the history of Maidenhead, the Maidenhead Heritage Centre and Museum is a must. There one can find out about Maidenhead history from the Roman times up to modern times and look at written documents, antiquities and photographs relating to Maidenhead and its history. Movie devotees might well choose to go to the eight-screen Odeon multiplex cinema, whilst sports enthusiasts may go and watch Maidenhead United play football at their York Road stadium, or else visit the Magnet Leisure Centre using its terrific swimming pool and massive choice of activities and sports available for the local people and visitors alike.

You could also visit: Skirmish Wycombe, Windsor Leisure Centre, Old Thatch Gardens, Hobbs of Henley, Jungle Mania (Bourne End), Windsor Great Park, Thames Valley Adventure Playground, Bracknell Leisure Centre, Bracknell Ski Slope, Wycombe Museum, Playtrain, Premier Karting, Bisham Woods, Big Fun 4 Kids Indoor Playcentre, Bekonscot Model Village, E J Churchill Shooting Ground, Museum of Berkshire Aviation, Braywick Nature Centre, Windsor Castle, River and Rowing Museum, Snakes and Ladders at Slough, Popes Meadow, Church Wood, Beeches, Wayside Stables, Cocksherd Bluebell Wood (Britwell), Maidenhead Steam Navigation Company, Pullingshill Wood, Tenpin Maidenhead (Tenpin Bowling), Slough Ice Arena, Savill Garden.

A selection of Maidenhead streets and roads: Odney Lane, Drift Road, Holmwood Close, Court Road, Camley Park Drive, Breadcroft Road, Church Lane, Thicket Grove, Berkeley Close, Brunel Close, Langworthy Lane, Oldacres, Newlands Drive, Shepherds Close, Ferndale Park, Cherry Garden Lane, Woodhurst Road, Rixman Close, Chauntry Close, Harrow Close, Arkley Court, Old Forge Close, Gays Lane, Sunderland Road, Bray Close, Oldershaw Mews, Pearce Road, Osney Road, Altwood Close, Rainsborough Chase, Ivy Close, Priors Way, Oldfield View, Fernley Court, Canon Hill Drive, North Dean, Ellington Court, High Town Road, Courtfield Drive, Gilchrist Way, Halldore Hill, Westmorland Road, Cheviot Close, Howarth Road, Bedwins Lane, Regal Court, Manor Road, Queen Street, Heywood Court Close, Clivemont Road, Ye Meads.

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