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Location: Berkshire, Home Counties, England, UK.

Postcode: SL6

Dialling Code: 01628

Population: 78,000 (2011)

Maidenhead - An old town with a historical past stretching back to far off Saxon times, Maidenhead lies in the county of Berkshire in the Home Counties, in the Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead roughly forty km from central London. The town of Maidenhead has a resident population of approximately seventy eight thousand occupants & lies on the banks of the River Thames. It is a big 'dormitory' suburb of London, nevertheless is a decent centre for exploring the charming nearby countryside. The River Thames at this point is crossed by an 18th century road bridge as well as a fine railway bridge erected in eighteen thirty eight by the fantastic engineer Isambard Kingdom Brunel, the rail bridge is the subject of Joseph Turner's work 'Rain, Steam & Speed'. The river at Maidenhead is furthermore renowned for Boulter's Lock, a popular boating rendezvous & beauty spot. West of Maidenhead you will find the Courage Shire Horse Centre, a place that the widely recognized brewers 12 Shire horses can be viewed, accompanied by a presentation on the history of the horses. In Maidenhead town itself you can view almshouses dating from mid-seventeenth century. The Harry Reitlinger Bequest is a great collection of sculpture, paintings, glassware and pottery. Ray Mill Island is a public park, & the mill was later turned into a hotel. The famous National Trust house of Cliveden looks down on the river in neighbouring Taplow.

The Historic Past of Maidenhead: The initial settlement of Maiden Hythe evolved around the river during the days of the Anglo-Saxons. The celebrated bridge across the Thames was built in around 1777 (at a cost of £19,000), the original bridge of wood construction, first erected in 1255 had a wharf built next to it and this is where the town is understood to have been named (taken from 'New Wharf' or 'Maiden Hythe'). Following the establishing of this 1st bridge, Maidenhead evolved into a critical resting place for travellers making the journey from London to Bath.

Maidenhead Bridge and River Thames - - 205285The train line came to Maidenhead in 1838 (Great Western Railway) and a railway bridge was constructed over the River Thames to a design by the outstanding Isambard Kingdom Brunel. Throughout the Nineteenth Century Maidenhead became a popular riverside destination for the wealthy and affluent of London and the hotel adjacent to the river came to be the haunt of famous playboys of the day. Following the arrival of the railway service the town grew rapidly & in 1894 it split up from the parishes of Bray & Cookham, developing into a town in its own right.

Contemporary Maidenhead is in the midst of 'communter country' and its strategic spot on the A4/ M4 helps it be a key commercial centre for the area. Although many commute from Maidenhead to The City & other significant towns in the region, Maidenhead itself has a smattering of light industry and employs many in such industries as plastics, computer software & pharmaceuticals.

Maidenhead is known in sports circles for its soccer team Maidenhead United (called the Magpies) who play at York Rd among the oldest football pitches on the planet. Maidenhead United were formed in 1870 and were one of the first 15 entries in the first F.A. Cup tournament held in 1871-72.

Maidenhead Tourist Attractions: Undoubtedly one of the main sights for individuals visiting Maidenhead is of course the River Thames itself, with its boating facilities, its natural beauty, its flora and fauna and its enjoyable riverside walks. If no purpose other than this, the town is well worth the trip. For the people wishing to learn about the history of Maidenhead, the Maidenhead Heritage Centre and Museum could be the first port of call. Here you'll learn about Maidenhead history from the times of the Romans right up to the present and see antiquities, written documents and photographs related to the town and its past. Movie devotees might well just want to pop along to the eight-screen Odeon cinema, whereas sporting enthusiasts may go and see the local Maidenhead United play soccer at their York Road stadium, or even go to the Magnet Leisure Centre enjoying its wonderful swimming pool and vast choice of sports and activities provided for the local community and visitors alike.

You could also visit: Black Park, Cliveden Gardens and Maze, Maidenhead Steam Navigation Company, Slough Museum, Cocksherd Bluebell Wood (Britwell), Extreme Motion Skate Park, Pullingshill Wood, Berkshire Paintball Park, Jungle Mania (Bourne End), Dinton Pastures Country Park, Edwards Amusements, Playtrain, Museum of Berkshire Aviation, Riverside Gardens and Play Area, Slough Ice Arena, Legoland Windsor, E J Churchill Shooting Ground, Old Thatch Gardens, Odds Farm Park, Montem Leisure Centre, Savill Garden, Braywick Nature Centre, Skirmish Wycombe, River and Rowing Museum, Langley Leisure Centre, Cheeky Charlies Play Centre, Thames Valley Falconry Center, Popes Meadow, Bracknell Leisure Centre, Wayside Stables, Gleniffer Stables.

A selection of Maidenhead streets and roads: Paget Drive, The Avenue, Harcourt Close, Mercia Road, Cleveland Close, Talbots Drive, Woodhurst North, Meadow Way, Odney Lane, Greenfields, Fetty Place, Powney Road, Smewins Road, Fotherby Court, Homestead Road, Clivemont Road, Crescent Dale, Penshurst Road, Riseley Road, Waldeck Road, Welbeck Road, Northfield Road, Manor Lane, Rushington Avenue, St Lukes Road, In The Ray, Larchfield Road, Widbrook Road, Ellington Park, Warners Hill, Lyndhurst Avenue, Marlborough Close, Pinkneys Drive, Connaught Close, Rutland Place, Old Marsh Lane, Bray Road, Waltham Road, Edith Road, Longworth Drive, Queensway, Ostler Gate, West Street, Knowsley Close, Gatward Avenue, Willant Close, Poplars Grove, Rutland Road, Nicholsons Lane, Manor Grove, Beaufort Place.

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