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

Postcode: SL6

Dialling Code: 01628

Population: 78,000 (2011)

Maidenhead - An ancient town with a historical past stretching back to far off Saxon days, Maidenhead is located in the county of Berkshire (Berks) in the Home Counties, within the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead about twenty five mls from the City of London. The town has got a population of approximately 78,000 inhabitants & lies on the River Thames. Maidenhead is a substantial 'dormitory' suburb of the city of London, however is still a good centre for discovering the nearby countryside. The River Thames at this point is traversed by an 18th century road bridge plus a magnificent railway bridge built in the mid-1800's by the magnificent engineer Isambard Kingdom Brunel, the railway bridge is the setting of Turner's painting 'Rain, Steam & Speed'. The River Thames at Maidenhead is additionally famous for Boulter's Lock, a favourite boating assembly point and beauty spot. Found to the west of Maidenhead you will find the Courage Shire Horse Centre, a place that the renowned brewers 12 Shire horses can be viewed, together with a presentation on the historic past of the horses. In the town itself you can find almshouses dating from the mid-17th century. The Harry Reitlinger Bequest is a noteworthy collection of sculpture, paintings, pottery and glassware. Ray Mill Island is a public garden, and the mill later became a hotel. The renowned house of Cliveden looks down on the Thames in nearby Taplow.

Maidenhead Historical Past: The first settlement of Maidenhythe developed beside the river in the times of the Saxons. The famed bridge across the Thames was built in around 1777 (for around £19,000), the initial wooden bridge, first built in 1255 had a wharf built next to it & it is from this that the town is believed to have derived its current name (taken from 'New Wharf' or 'Maiden Hythe'). Following the establishment of this first bridge, Maidenhead developed into a major stop off spot for travellers taking the route from Bath to London.

Maidenhead Bridge and River Thames - geograph.org.uk - 205285The railway service came to Maidenhead in 1838 (Great Western Railway) and a rail bridge was built over the river designed by the great Isambard Kingdom Brunel. During the 19th Century Maidenhead evolved into popular riverside resort for London's rich & prosperous and the hotel beside the river became the hang-out of notorious playboys of those times. Following the arrival of the railway Maidenhead grew swiftly & in 1894 it split from the parishes of Bray and Cookham, transforming into a town in its own right.

Today's Maidenhead is in the midst of 'communter country' & its strategic setting on the A4/ M4 renders it a fundamental town for the region. While a great many travel from Maidenhead to Central london and some other major towns in the region, Maidenhead itself has a certain amount of light industry & employs many in such fields as pharmaceuticals, computer software and plastics.

Maidenhead is respected for its football team Maidenhead United (referred to as the Magpies) who play at York Rd one of the oldest football pitches in the world. Maidenhead United were formed in 1870 & were one of the original 15 teams in the 1st F.A. Cup tournament which took place in 1871-72.

Attractions in and Near Maidenhead: Without doubt one of the chief points of interest for people visiting Maidenhead is not surprisingly the Thames itself, with its boating facilities, its natural charm, its wildlife and its fabulous riverside walks. If for no other purpose than this, the town is worthy of checking out. For people eager to have an understanding of the history of Maidenhead, the Maidenhead Heritage Centre and Museum is a must. Here you'll find out about Maidenhead history from the time of the Romans along to the present and see photographs, written documents and artifacts pertaining to the town and its historical background. Film lovers might well just want to head for the eight-screen Odeon multiplex cinema, while sports followers might go to watch the local Maidenhead United play football at their York Road pitch, or visit the Magnet Leisure Centre using its magnificent pool and huge selection of sports and activities available for the local community and visitors alike.

You could also visit: Thames Valley Adventure Playground, Slough Ice Arena, Braywick Nature Centre, Montem Leisure Centre, Waltham Place, Bracknell Leisure Centre, River and Rowing Museum, Museum of Berkshire Aviation, Popes Meadow, Extreme Motion Skate Park, Wycombe Museum, Bisham Woods, Hobbs of Henley, Premier Karting, Ray Mill Island, Church Wood, Legoland Windsor, Snakes and Ladders at Slough, Pullingshill Wood, Kidwells Park, Maidenhead Steam Navigation Company, Bracknell Ice Skating, Longridge Activity Centre (Marlow), Berkshire Paintball Park, Thames Valley Falconry Center, Absolutely Karting, Bracknell Ski Slope, Cocksherd Bluebell Wood (Britwell), Dorney Court, E J Churchill Shooting Ground, Jungle Mania (Bourne End).

A selection of Maidenhead streets and roads: Cox Green Road, Clappers Meadow, Clare Road, Sperling Road, Highway Avenue, Courtlands, Arkley Court, Chatsworth Close, Lakeside, Braywick Road, Roseleigh Close, Kelsey Close, Bailey Close, Hurley Lane, Fielding Road, River Road, Hever Close, Littlefield Green, Palmers Close, Cotswold Close, Belmont Drive, The Croft, Castle Mews, Bridge Road, Ray Park Road, The Tressel, Bigfrith Lane, Waltham Road, Lynton Green, Camley Gardens, Garthlands, Lindores Road, Lock Avenue, Laggan Square, Lynden Close, Kennedy Close, The Points, Forlease Road, Forest Green Road, Pheasants Croft, Cherry Garden Lane, Australia Avenue, St Peters Road, Sandringham Road, Roman Lea, Grubwood Lane, Gainsborough, West Dean, Tachbrook Close, Marlborough Road, Sheephouse Road.

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