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

Postcode: SL6

Dialling Code: 01628

Population: 78,000 (2011)

Maidenhead - A historical town with a history harping back to early Saxon days, Maidenhead is located in Berks county in the Home Counties, in the Borough of Windsor & Maidenhead around 40km from the centre of London. The town of Maidenhead has got a populace of about seventy eight thousand and sits on the banks of the River Thames. The town of Maidenhead is a big 'dormitory' suburb of the city of London, nevertheless is a decent locale for checking out the gorgeous nearby countryside. The River Thames at this point is traversed by an 18th century road bridge as well as a wonderful railway bridge built in the mid-1800's by the exceptional engineer Isambard Kingdom Brunel, the rail bridge is the subject of Joseph Turner's work 'Rain, Steam and Speed'. The Thames at Maidenhead is in addition known for Boulter's Lock, a favourite boating rendezvous and beauty spot. West of the town you can find the Courage Shire Horse Centre, where the widely known brewers twelve Shire horses can be viewed, as well as a display on the heritage of those horses. In the town itself are almshouses dating from sixteen fifty nine. The Harry Reitlinger Bequest is an interesting collection of paintings, sculpture, glassware & pottery. Ray Mill Island is a public park, and the mill was later turned into a hotel. The acclaimed Italianate mansion Cliveden stands high above in neighbouring Taplow.

Maidenhead Historical Past: The former settlement of Maidenhythe started around the river in the days of the Anglo-Saxons. The celebrated bridge across the river was built in around 1777 (at a cost of £19,000), the original bridge of wood construction, first put up in 1255 had a wharf built adjacent to it & it is from this that the town is considered to have got its name (from 'New Wharf' or 'Maiden Hythe'). Soon after the establishment of this first bridge, Maidenhead evolved into a valuable resting place for travellers on the journey from Bath to London.

Maidenhead Bridge and River Thames - geograph.org.uk - 205285The train service found its way to Maidenhead in 1838 (Great Western Railway) & a rail bridge was erected over the River Thames to a design by the remarkable Isambard Kingdom Brunel. During the Nineteenth Century Maidenhead developed into very popular riverside resort for the affluent and wealthy of London and the hotel by the river became the haunt of famous playboys of that time. Following the arrival of the railway line the town expanded fairly quickly and in 1894 it split from the parishes of Bray & Cookham, turning into a town in its own right.

Today's Maidenhead is in the midst of 'communter country' & its strategic setting on the M4/A4 helps it be a fundamental centre for the region. While a great many commute from Maidenhead to The city of london & some other significant towns in the area, the town itself has a bit of light industry & provides jobs for many in such market sectors as plastics, computer software & pharmaceuticals.

Maidenhead is known in sporting circles for its football team Maidenhead United (called the Magpies) who play at York Road claimed to be one of the oldest grounds on the planet. Maidenhead United were established in 1870 and were one of the original fifteen entries in the 1st F.A. Cup competition held in 1871-72.

Maidenhead Places of Interest: Certainly one of the principle visitor attractions for people going to Maidenhead is without doubt the River Thames itself, with its boating facilities, its natural beauty, its wildlife and its appealing riverside walks. If no justification other than this, Maidenhead is truly worth checking out. For everyone fascinated by the history of Maidenhead, the Maidenhead Heritage Centre and Museum is a must visit place. There you'll learn about Maidenhead history since the Roman times right up to the present day and look at photographs, antiquities and records related to Maidenhead and its history. Film devotees might well wish to pop along to the eight-screen Odeon cinema, while sporting fanatics might go to watch Maidenhead United play football at their York Road ground, or else visit the Magnet Leisure Centre with its terrific pool and huge range of sports and activities available for the local community and visitors alike.

You could also visit: Savill Garden, Black Park, Bisham Woods, Museum of Berkshire Aviation, Bracknell Ski Slope, Jungle Mania (Bourne End), Popes Meadow, Braywick Nature Centre, Gleniffer Stables, Kidwells Park, Montem Leisure Centre, Langley Leisure Centre, Cliveden Gardens and Maze, Playtrain, Waltham Place, Wayside Stables, Monkey Mates Play Centre, Dorney Court, Homefield Wood, Cocksherd Bluebell Wood (Britwell), Cheeky Charlies Play Centre, Whoosh Play Centre, Longridge Activity Centre (Marlow), Windsor Great Park, Snakes and Ladders at Slough, River and Rowing Museum, Stanley Spencer Gallery, Windsor Leisure Centre, Big Fun 4 Kids Indoor Playcentre, Sector 7 Laser (Combat Gaming), Extreme Motion Skate Park.

A selection of Maidenhead streets and roads: Highway Road, Hall Place Lane, Walgrove Gardens, Maypole Road, Blakeney Court, Beechwood Drive, Ray Drive, Cope Court, The Farthingales, Stud Green, Strande View Walk, Ray Park Avenue, Rambler Close, Ray Mead Road, Gays Lane, Hanover Mead, Jubilee Road, Taplow Road, Fifield Road, Church Lane, Lent Rise Road, Longleat Gardens, Brunel Close, Fairacre, Spencers Close, Fernleigh, Amerden Lane, Gwendale, Auckland Close, Lonsdale Close, Regal Court, Holyport Road, West Dean, Bell Street, Frances Avenue, The Spens, Alston Gardens, Snowball Hill, Bannard Road, Northfield Road, Hag Hill Rise, Knowsley Close, Station Road, Grenfell Road, Osney Road, Edinburgh Road, Ashbourne Grove, Clifton Close, Lincoln Road, Florence Avenue, St Marys Walk.

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