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

Postcode: SL6

Dialling Code: 01628

Population: 78,000 (2011)

Maidenhead - An ancient town with a history harping back to far off Anglo-Saxon days, Maidenhead is situated in Berkshire county in the Home Counties, within the Royal Borough of Windsor & Maidenhead roughly 25 miles from London's centre. It has got a population of approximately seventy eight thousand inhabitants and lies beside the River Thames. It is a sizable 'dormitory' suburb of the city of London, but is still a great place for checking out the pleasing nearby countryside. The Thames at this point is traversed by an 18th century road bridge as well as a stunning railway bridge designed in the mid-nineteenth century by the clever engineer Isambard Kingdom Brunel, the rail bridge is the setting of Turner's work 'Rain, Steam & Speed'. The River Thames at Maidenhead is additionally famous for Boulter's Lock, a well known boating rendezvous and beauty spot. Found to the west of the town is the Courage Shire Horse Centre, where the widely known brewers twelve Shire horses can be viewed, with a presentation on the historic past of the horses. In Maidenhead town itself you can view almshouses dating from as far back as the mid-17th century. The Harry Reitlinger Bequest is an intriguing collection of sculpture, paintings, glassware & pottery. Ray Mill Island is a public garden, and the mill is now a hotel. The acclaimed National Trust house of Cliveden stands high above in neighbouring Taplow.

Maidenhead History: The original settlement of Maidenhythe grew up by the the Thames in the times of the Saxons. The celebrated bridge across the river was erected in about 1777 (at a cost of nineteen thousand pounds), the initial wooden bridge, first built in 1255 had a wharf adjacent to it & this is where the town is understood to have got its name (from 'New Wharf' or 'Maiden Hythe'). Soon after the erection of this first bridge, Maidenhead started to be an important stop off spot for travellers making the route from London to Bath.

Maidenhead Bridge and River Thames - geograph.org.uk - 205285The railway line came to Maidenhead in 1838 (Great Western Railway) & a railway bridge was constructed over the River Thames to a design by the exceptional Isambard Kingdom Brunel. In the Nineteenth Century Maidenhead evolved into highly popular riverside resort for London's prosperous & affluent and the hotel adjacent to the Thames came to be the haunt of famous playboys of the time. Following the coming of the railway Maidenhead grew rather quickly and in 1894 it separated from the parishes of Bray & Cookham, developing into a town in its own right.

Today's Maidenhead is in the centre of 'communter country' & its handy location on the A4/ M4 makes it a major centre for the region. While a great many travel from Maidenhead to The city of london and various other significant towns in the region, the town itself has a smattering of light industry & employs many in such sectors as plastics, pharmaceuticals and computer software.

Maidenhead is known in sports circles for its football team Maidenhead United (called the Magpies) who play at York Rd claimed to be one of the oldest grounds on the globe. Maidenhead United were formed in 1870 and were one of the original 15 entries in the 1st F.A. Cup tournament held in 1871-72.

Attractions Around Maidenhead: Among the main tourist attractions for people going to Maidenhead is needless to say the Thames itself, with its boating, its natural charm, its flora and fauna and its agreeable riverside walks. If for no other justification than that, the town is definitely worth a visit. For anybody very much interested in 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 up to modern times and view documents, photographs and artifacts pertaining to Maidenhead and its historic past. Film fanatics might well want to head for the 8-screen Odeon cinema, while sporting fanatics might go and see the local Maidenhead United play football at their York Road ground, or possibly check out the Magnet Leisure Centre with its first class swimming pool and tremendous choice of sports and activities provided for the local community and visitors alike.

You could also visit: Bracknell Leisure Centre, Dinton Pastures Country Park, Playtrain, Waltham Place, Snakes and Ladders at Slough, Windsor Castle, Wayside Stables, Maidenhead Steam Navigation Company, Gleniffer Stables, Slough Ice Arena, Popes Meadow, Jungle Mania (Bourne End), Premier Karting, Wycombe Museum, Homefield Wood, Bracknell Ice Skating, Big Fun 4 Kids Indoor Playcentre, Museum of Berkshire Aviation, Bisham Woods, Tenpin Maidenhead (Tenpin Bowling), Monkey Mates Play Centre, Thames Valley Adventure Playground, Thames Valley Falconry Center, Savill Garden, Dorney Court, Riverside Gardens and Play Area, River and Rowing Museum, Slough Museum, Skirmish Wycombe, Extreme Motion Skate Park, Berkshire Paintball Park.

A selection of Maidenhead streets and roads: Graham Close, Coln Close, Chiltern Road, Langdale Close, Aysgarth Park, Clarefield Close, Poundfield Lane, Wagner Close, Hamilton Park, Applecroft, Garden Close, Strande View Walk, Croxley Rise, Clappers Meadow, Berkeley Close, Marlborough Road, Crescent Dale, Hitcham Road, Hurstfield Drive, Smithfield Road, St Marys Walk, Courtfield Drive, Norfolk Road, Carisbrooke Close, Taylors Court, Roxborough Way, Moffy Hill, College Road, Lock Mead, Widbrook Road, Ribstone Road, Bridge Avenue, Ellington Park, Cherington Gate, Beechwood Drive, Clivemont Road, Lakeside, Fotherby Court, Kennedy Close, New Road, Groves Way, Nightingale Lane, Stamford Road, Court Close, In The Ray, Briar Close, Truro Close, Malders Lane, Littlefield Green, Harrow Lane, Malvern Road.

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