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Location: Berkshire, England, UK.

Postcode: SL6

Dialling Code: 01628

Population: 78,000 (2011)

Maidenhead - A historic town with a story going back to far off Anglo-Saxon periods, Maidenhead is located in Berkshire county in the Home Counties, in the Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead approximately 40 km from the City of London. It has got a populace of approximately seventy eight thousand & sits on the banks of the River Thames. It is a sizable 'dormitory' suburb of London, but it is a decent centre for discovering the nearby countryside. The Thames here is traversed by an eighteenth century road bridge in addition to a stunning railway bridge designed in 1838 by the fabulous engineer Isambard Kingdom Brunel, the rail bridge was the inspiration for Joseph Turner's work 'Rain, Steam and Speed'. The Thames at Maidenhead is in addition known for Boulter's Lock, a well-liked boating meeting place and beauty spot. To the west of Maidenhead is the Courage Shire Horse Centre, a place that the renowned brewery's Shire horses can be seen, together with a presentation on the history of the horses. In the town itself are almshouses dating from 1659. The Harry Reitlinger Bequest is a fascinating collection of sculpture, paintings, glassware & pottery. Ray Mill Island is a public garden, and the mill is now a hotel. The well known house of Cliveden stands high above in neighbouring Taplow.

The History of Maidenhead: The initial settlement of Maidenhythe grew up beside the the Thames in the times of the Saxons. The famous bridge across the River Thames was built in about 1777 (at a cost of nineteen thousand pounds), the initial bridge of wood construction, first built in 1255 had a wharf next to it & this is where the town is thought to have got its name (from 'New Wharf' or 'Maiden Hythe'). Following the establishment of this first bridge, Maidenhead developed into a crucial resting place for travellers on the journey from Bath to London.

Maidenhead Bridge and River Thames - geograph.org.uk - 205285The railway arrived at Maidenhead in 1838 (Great Western Railway) and a railway bridge was constructed over the Thames designed by the exceptional Isambard Kingdom Brunel. Over the Nineteenth Century Maidenhead developed into popular riverside resort for the affluent and wealthy of London & the hotel by the river came to be the haunt of notorious playboys of the day. Following the coming of the railway Maidenhead grew very quickly & in 1894 it split up from the parishes of Bray and Cookham, developing into a town in its own right.

Contemporary Maidenhead is in the midst of 'communter country' & its ideal location on the M4/A4 renders it a significant centre for the area. While a great many travel from Maidenhead to London & some other large towns in the region, Maidenhead itself has a reasonable amount of light industry & employs many workers in such sectors as plastics, pharmaceuticals & computer software.

Maidenhead is known in sporting circles for its soccer team Maidenhead United (nicknamed the Magpies) which plays at York Road one of the oldest football grounds around the world. Maidenhead United were formed in eighteen seventy & were one of the original 15 competitors in the very first F.A. Cup competition which took place in 1871-72.

Maidenhead Attractions: One of the leading attractions for individuals going to Maidenhead is undoubtedly the River Thames itself, with its water related facilities, its natural beauty, its wildlife and its pleasant riverside walks. If for no other purpose than this, the town is truly worth a trip. For anyone curious about the history of Maidenhead, the Maidenhead Heritage Centre and Museum could be the first port of call. There you'll find out about Maidenhead history since Roman days right up to the present day and see photos, artifacts and documents related to the town and its past. Film addicts might well want to head to the 8-screen Odeon cinema, whilst sports followers may go to watch the local Maidenhead United play football at their York Road ground, or alternatively visit the Magnet Leisure Centre using its awesome pool and massive array of recreation activities and sports provided for the local community and visitors alike.

You could also visit: Thames Valley Adventure Playground, Whoosh Play Centre, Edwards Amusements, Longridge Activity Centre (Marlow), Popes Meadow, Stanley Spencer Gallery, Bisham Woods, Bracknell Ski Slope, Cliveden Gardens and Maze, Monkey Mates Play Centre, Homefield Wood, Black Park, Bekonscot Model Village, Riverside Gardens and Play Area, E J Churchill Shooting Ground, Premier Karting, Thames Valley Falconry Center, Cocksherd Bluebell Wood (Britwell), Slough Museum, Windsor Great Park, Langley Leisure Centre, Snakes and Ladders at Slough, Dorney Court, Ray Mill Island, Wayside Stables, Sector 7 Laser (Combat Gaming), Cheeky Charlies Play Centre, Beeches, Berkshire Paintball Park, Montem Leisure Centre, Legoland Windsor.

A selection of Maidenhead streets and roads: Bridge Avenue, Partridge Mead, Norden Meadows, Fairford Road, Juniper Drive, Mill Lane, Pamela Row, Athlone Close, Green Close, Canon Hill Drive, Alyson Court, Somersby Crescent, Aldebury Road, Blackamoor Lane, Hendons Way, Laburnham Road, Nightingale Lane, Roseleigh Close, Stirling Grove, Malders Lane, Warners Hill, Clare Road, Hatfield Close, Gwent Close, Regal Court, Conway Road, Heathlands Drive, Worcester Close, Courthouse Road, Spring Close, Court Road, Foxborough Court, Rosebank Close, Medallion Place, Howe Lane, Whyteladyes Lane, The Switchback, Kent Way, Kimbers Lane, Rutland Road, Harefield Road, Maypole Road, Riseley Road, Spring Lane, Alleyns Lane, Old Mill Lane, The Dell, High Street, St Chads Road, Revesby Close, Boyn Hill Close.

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