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Location: Berkshire, Home Counties, England, United Kingdom.

Postcode: SL6

Dialling Code: 01628

Population: 78,000 (2011)

Maidenhead - An old town with a history going back to early Anglo-Saxon times, Maidenhead is found in the county of Berks in the Home Counties, within the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead roughly forty km from central London. The town of Maidenhead has got a populace of approximately seventy eight thousand occupants and lies on the banks of the River Thames. The town of Maidenhead is a significant 'dormitory' suburb of the city of London, but it is a pleasant centre for checking out the pretty nearby countryside. The Thames at this point is traversed by an 18th century road bridge together with a superb railway bridge built in 1838 by the outstanding engineer Isambard Kingdom Brunel, the rail bridge was the subject of Joseph Turner's work 'Rain, Steam and Speed'. The Thames at Maidenhead is also known for Boulter's Lock, a well-liked boating assembly point & beauty spot. West of Maidenhead is the Courage Shire Horse Centre, a place that the widely recognized brewery's twelve Shire horses can be viewed, along with a display on the story of those horses. In Maidenhead town itself you can view almshouses dating from 1659. The Harry Reitlinger Bequest is a great collection of sculpture, paintings, glassware & pottery. Ray Mill Island is a park, and the mill later became a hotel. The famed National Trust house of Cliveden looks down on the Thames in neighbouring Taplow.

Maidenhead Historical Past: The initial settlement of Maidenhythe grew up by the the River Thames in Anglo-Saxon times. The famed bridge across the river was erected in about 1777 (at a cost of nineteen thousand pounds), the original wooden bridge, first built in 1255 had a wharf adjacent to it and it is from this that the town is understood to have been named (taken from 'New Wharf' or 'Maiden Hythe'). After the establishment of this 1st bridge, Maidenhead slowly became an excellent resting place for travellers making the journey from Bath to London.

Maidenhead Bridge and River Thames - geograph.org.uk - 205285The railway service found its way to Maidenhead in 1838 (Great Western Railway) and a rail bridge was built over the River Thames designed by the outstanding Isambard Kingdom Brunel. In the 19th Century Maidenhead evolved into popular riverside destination for London's wealthy and affluent and the hotel by the riverbank became the haunt of notorious playboys of the day. After the coming of the railway line Maidenhead expanded rather quickly and in 1894 it split from the parishes of Bray and Cookham, to become a town in its own right.

Current day Maidenhead is in the middle of 'communter country' & its handy location on the M4/A4 makes it a significant town for the area. While a great many commute from Maidenhead to Central london & other major towns in the area, the town itself has a reasonable amount of light industry & employs many workers in such fields as plastics, pharmaceuticals & computer software.

Maidenhead is well known for its football team Maidenhead United (referred to as the Magpies) which plays at York Rd among the oldest football grounds on the planet. Maidenhead United were established in eighteen seventy and were one of the first fifteen entries in the 1st F.A. Cup tournament held in 1871-72.

Maidenhead Things to Do: Certainly one of the main sights for people visiting Maidenhead is naturally the Thames itself, with its water related facilities, its natural charm, its flora and fauna and its agreeable riverside walks. If for no other justification than this, Maidenhead is seriously worth a trip. For anyone very much interested in the history of Maidenhead, the Maidenhead Heritage Centre and Museum is a must. There you can learn about Maidenhead history since the times of the Romans right up to the present and enjoy photos, artifacts and written documents relating to Maidenhead and its heritage. Movie aficionados might well just want to go to the 8-screen Odeon cinema, whilst sporting enthusiasts could go to see Maidenhead United play football at their York Road pitch, or maybe check out the Magnet Leisure Centre using its excellent pool and tremendous variety of recreation activities and sports available for the local people and visitors alike.

You could also visit: Windsor Leisure Centre, Tenpin Maidenhead (Tenpin Bowling), Windsor Castle, Legoland Windsor, Playtrain, Premier Karting, Langley Leisure Centre, Popes Meadow, Sector 7 Laser (Combat Gaming), Bracknell Leisure Centre, Gleniffer Stables, Beeches, Jungle Mania (Bourne End), Cliveden Gardens and Maze, Wycombe Museum, Pullingshill Wood, Cocksherd Bluebell Wood (Britwell), Kidwells Park, Skirmish Wycombe, Braywick Nature Centre, Whoosh Play Centre, Slough Museum, Odds Farm Park, Montem Leisure Centre, Waltham Place, Hobbs of Henley, Wayside Stables, Ray Mill Island, Snakes and Ladders at Slough, Longridge Activity Centre (Marlow), Cheeky Charlies Play Centre.

A selection of Maidenhead streets and roads: Buffins, Kings Grove, Woodcote, Canon Hill Drive, Station Hill, Laburnham Road, Hearne Drive, Florence Avenue, Honey Lane, Bray Court, Strande View Walk, Timbers Walk, Longworth Drive, Parkside, Maypole Road, Marlow Road, Wagner Close, Windmill Road, In The Ray, Trenchard Road, Dhoon Rise, Gatward Avenue, Gwendale, School Lane, Medallion Place, High Street, Wavell Road, Park Corner, Chauntry Mews, Kings Lane, Summerleaze Road, Ledger Lane, Coningsby Close, Ebsworth Close, Nicholsons Lane, Butchers Lane, Tithe Barn Drive, Lingholm Close, College Glen, Highway Avenue, Ray Lea Road, Church Lane, Ferndale Park, Widbrook Road, Lutman Lane, Headington Road, Brock Lane, South Road, Prince Andrew Close, Hobbis Drive, Shoppenhangers Road.

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