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Location: Berkshire (Berks), Home Counties, England, UK.

Postcode: SL6

Dialling Code: 01628

Population: 78,000 (2011)

Maidenhead - An old town with a historical past going back to early Saxon periods, Maidenhead is located in the county of Berkshire (Berks) in the Home Counties, within the Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead approximately forty km from the City of London. The town has got a resident population of around seventy eight thousand inhabitants & rests on the banks of the River Thames. It is a big 'dormitory' suburb of the city of London, but is still a nice locale for checking out the beautiful nearby countryside. The Thames at this point is spanned by an eighteenth century road bridge along with a fine railway bridge built in 1838 by the clever engineer Isambard Kingdom Brunel, the railway bridge is the inspiration for Turner's work 'Rain, Steam & Speed'. The River Thames at Maidenhead is furthermore well known for Boulter's Lock, a favorite boating assembly point & beauty spot. West of Maidenhead you will find the Courage Shire Horse Centre, where the popular brewery's twelve Shire horses can be seen, as well as a display on the the historical past of the horses. In the town itself are almshouses dating from as long ago as 1659. The Harry Reitlinger Bequest is a great collection of paintings, sculpture, glassware and pottery. Ray Mill Island is a public park, & the mill was later turned into a hotel. The well known National Trust run Cliveden looks down on the River Thames in nearby Taplow.

The History of Maidenhead: The initial settlement of Maiden Hythe grew up by the the Thames in the days of the Saxons. The well known bridge across the river was made in around 1777 (for around £19,000), the initial wooden bridge, first built in 1255 had a wharf built beside it and it is from this that the town is thought to have derived its current name (taken from 'New Wharf' or 'Maiden Hythe'). Following the erection of this 1st bridge, Maidenhead evolved into an important stop off place for travellers taking the route from London to Bath.

Maidenhead Bridge and River Thames - - 205285The railway arrived at Maidenhead in 1838 (Great Western Railway) & a railway bridge was erected over the river to a design by the outstanding Isambard Kingdom Brunel. Over the Nineteenth Century Maidenhead developed into popular riverside resort for London's rich & prosperous & the hotel on the riverbank became the haunt of notorious playboys of those times. Following the arrival of the railway the town grew dramatically & in 1894 it split from the parishes of Bray and Cookham, transforming into a town in its own right.

Current day Maidenhead is in the middle of 'communter country' and its ideal setting on the A4/ M4 renders it a significant centre for the area. While a great many commute from Maidenhead to London and some other significant towns in the area, Maidenhead itself has some light industry & employs many workers in such market sectors as pharmaceuticals, computer software & plastics.

Maidenhead is well known for its soccer team Maidenhead United (referred to as the Magpies) which plays at York Rd recognized as one of the oldest football pitches in the world. Maidenhead United were established in 1870 & were one of the original fifteen teams in the very first F.A. Cup tournament held in 1871-72.

Tourist Attractions in Maidenhead: Among the most popular tourist attractions for those going to Maidenhead is undoubtedly the River Thames itself, with its boating, its natural charm, its wildlife and its enjoyable riverside walks. If for no other justification than this, the town is worthy of a look. For everyone fascinated by the history of Maidenhead, the Maidenhead Heritage Centre and Museum will be the first port of call. Here one can find out about Maidenhead history from Roman days right up to the present and see photos, records and antiquities pertaining to the town and its past. Movie fanatics might well wish to go to the 8-screen Odeon cinema, while sporting enthusiasts might go to see Maidenhead United play football at their York Road pitch, or maybe visit the Magnet Leisure Centre enjoying its wonderful pool and tremendous array of sports and activities available for the local people and visitors alike.

You could also visit: Windsor Leisure Centre, Cheeky Charlies Play Centre, Langley Leisure Centre, Longridge Activity Centre (Marlow), Snakes and Ladders at Slough, Bekonscot Model Village, Montem Leisure Centre, Stanley Spencer Gallery, Beeches, Thames Valley Adventure Playground, Cocksherd Bluebell Wood (Britwell), Waltham Place, Thames Valley Falconry Center, Dinton Pastures Country Park, Museum of Berkshire Aviation, Popes Meadow, Slough Ice Arena, Premier Karting, Bisham Woods, Homefield Wood, Odeon Multiplex Cinema, Old Thatch Gardens, Dorney Court, Tenpin Maidenhead (Tenpin Bowling), Whoosh Play Centre, Kidwells Park, Berkshire Paintball Park, Skirmish Wycombe, Wayside Stables, Absolutely Karting, Bracknell Ice Skating.

A selection of Maidenhead streets and roads: West Road, North Town Moor, Risborough Road, Ludlow Road, North Star Lane, Dunholme End, Hatfield Close, The Hyde, Cedar Chase, Farm Close, Frances Avenue, Halifax Close, Westfield Road, Ray Drive, Derwent Drive, Belmont Road, Southwood Road, Chestnut Park, Castle Mews, Stirling Grove, The Farthingales, Shepherds Lane, Swanbrook Court, Orkney Court, Howarth Road, Lees Close, Laxton Green, Deerswood, Astor Close, Trenchard Road, Islet Park, Cliveden Mead, Langton Close, Worster Road, Victor Close, Old Mill Lane, The Fallows, Popes Lane, Norden Road, High Town Road, Foliejohn Way, Fairlea, Bottle Lane, Belmont Park Road, Mossy Vale, Northumbria Road, Stompits Road, Quarry Wood, Compton Drive, Poundfield Lane, Reid Avenue.

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