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Location: Berkshire (Berks), Home Counties, England, United Kingdom.

Postcode: SL6

Dialling Code: 01628

Population: 78,000 (2011)

Maidenhead - An old town with a historic past harping back to far off Saxon days, Maidenhead is found in the county of Berkshire (Berks) in the Home Counties, in the Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead about forty km from central London. The town has a resident population of close to seventy eight thousand and sits on the banks of the River Thames. It is a substantial 'dormitory' suburb of London, but is a decent site for checking out the nearby countryside. The River Thames here is traversed by an eighteenth century road bridge and a fantastic railway bridge erected in the mid-1800's by the fantastic engineer Isambard Kingdom Brunel, the rail bridge is the setting of Joseph Mallord Turner's painting 'Rain, Steam and Speed'. The river at Maidenhead is also renowned for Boulter's Lock, a favourite boating meeting place and beauty spot. West of the town is the Courage Shire Horse Centre, where the widely recognized brewery's twelve Shire horses can be viewed, along with a presentation on the background of those horses. In the town itself you will find almshouses dating from as long ago as the mid-17th century. The Harry Reitlinger Bequest is an interesting collection of paintings, sculpture, pottery & glassware. Ray Mill Island is a public garden, & the mill was later turned into a hotel. The widley known Italianate mansion Cliveden looks down on the River Thames in nearby Taplow.

The Historical Past of Maidenhead: The former settlement of Maidenhythe evolved by the the Thames in Saxon times. The famed bridge across the Thames was built in about 1777 (at a cost of £19,000), 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 been named (from 'New Wharf' or 'Maiden Hythe'). After the establishment of this 1st bridge, Maidenhead grew into a valuable stopping off point for travellers on the route from London to Bath.

Maidenhead Bridge and River Thames - - 205285The train arrived at Maidenhead in 1838 (Great Western Railway) and a railway bridge was built over the river designed by the remarkable Isambard Kingdom Brunel. Through the Nineteenth Century Maidenhead developed into popular riverside destination for the wealthy and rich of London and the hotel beside the Thames came to be the hang-out of notorious playboys of that time. Following the coming of the railway the town expanded rather quickly & in 1894 it broke up from the parishes of Bray & Cookham, turning into a town in its own right.

Twenty-first century Maidenhead is in the middle of 'communter country' and its handy location on the M4/A4 renders it a critical town for the area. Even though many travel from Maidenhead to The City & additional big towns in the region, the town itself has a bit of light industry & provides jobs for many in such sectors as computer software, pharmaceuticals & plastics.

Maidenhead is respected for its football team Maidenhead United (known as the Magpies) who play at York Rd one of the oldest grounds on the globe. Maidenhead United were formed in eighteen seventy & were one of the original fifteen entrants in the first F.A. Cup tournament held in 1871-72.

Attractions in and Near Maidenhead: Undoubtedly one of the leading visitor attractions for those visiting Maidenhead is undoubtedly the River Thames itself, with its boating, its natural charm, its wildlife and its beautiful riverside walks. If for no other reason than this, Maidenhead is worthy of a look. For everyone interested by the history of Maidenhead, the Maidenhead Heritage Centre and Museum is a must. Here you can find out about Maidenhead history since the Roman times right up to modern times and see records, photos and artefacts related to Maidenhead and its background. Film fans might well choose to go to the eight-screen Odeon cinema, whilst sports enthusiasts might go to watch Maidenhead United play football at their York Road stadium, or even go to the Magnet Leisure Centre using its terrific swimming pool and amazing array of sports and activities available for the local people and visitors alike.

You could also visit: Edwards Amusements, Langley Leisure Centre, Church Wood, Museum of Berkshire Aviation, Black Park, Windsor Great Park, Bracknell Leisure Centre, Absolutely Karting, Savill Garden, Sector 7 Laser (Combat Gaming), Thames Valley Falconry Center, Gleniffer Stables, Bekonscot Model Village, Pullingshill Wood, Monkey Mates Play Centre, Odeon Multiplex Cinema, Maidenhead Steam Navigation Company, Bracknell Ski Slope, Cocksherd Bluebell Wood (Britwell), Montem Leisure Centre, Old Thatch Gardens, Cliveden Gardens and Maze, Beeches, Longridge Activity Centre (Marlow), E J Churchill Shooting Ground, Bisham Woods, Playtrain, Windsor Castle, Homefield Wood, River and Rowing Museum, Snakes and Ladders at Slough.

A selection of Maidenhead streets and roads: Tachbrook Close, North Town Road, Kelsey Close, The Tressel, Church Close, Cannon Lane, Spencers Road, Vicarage Gardens, Ellington Park, Clarefield Drive, Gardner House, Lexington Avenue, Forest Green Road, Chauntry Mews, Silvertrees Drive, Lee Lane, Heywood Court Close, Hag Hill Lane, Gas Lane, Kings Grove, Frances Avenue, Brock Lane, St Adrians Close, Headington Road, Malvern Road, Sadlers Mews, Springfield Park, Huntercombe Lane South, Stafferton Way, School Lane, Fernleigh, The Moor, Clare Road, Culham Drive, Strande Park, Edinburgh Road, The Paddock, Anne Close, Peace Lane, Pondwood Lane, Cadwell Drive, Swanbrook Court, Astor Close, Choke Lane, Belmont Road, Lake View, Vanwall Road, Hardwick Close, Averil Court, Salters Road, Ashton Place.

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