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

Postcode: SL6

Dialling Code: 01628

Population: 78,000 (2011)

Maidenhead - A historic town with a historic past going back to far off Anglo-Saxon periods, Maidenhead is located in the county of Berkshire (Berks) in the Home Counties, in the Borough of Windsor & Maidenhead approximately 40 km from central London. The town of Maidenhead has a populace of around 78,000 and lies on the River Thames. Maidenhead is a sizeable 'dormitory' suburb of the city of London, nevertheless is still a nice area for checking out the pleasing nearby countryside. The Thames at this point is crossed by an 18th century road bridge as well as a fine railway bridge built in the mid-1800's by the extraordinary engineer Isambard Kingdom Brunel, the rail bridge is the setting for Joseph Turner's painting 'Rain, Steam and Speed'. The river at Maidenhead is in addition noted for Boulter's Lock, a favourite boating rendezvous and beauty spot. To the west of Maidenhead is the Courage Shire Horse Centre, a place that the widely recognized brewers Shire horses can be viewed, along with a display on the historical past of the horses. In the town itself are almshouses dating from the mid-17th century. The Harry Reitlinger Bequest is a fascinating collection of sculpture, paintings, glassware and pottery. Ray Mill Island is a park, & the mill is now a hotel. The celebrated house of Cliveden looks down on the Thames in nearby Taplow.

Maidenhead Historic Past: The original settlement of Maiden Hythe grew up beside the the Thames in Anglo-Saxon times. The celebrated bridge across the River Thames was erected in around 1777 (for around nineteen thousand pounds), the initial bridge of wood construction, first built in 1255 had a wharf beside it & this is where the town is supposed to have derived its current name (taken from 'New Wharf' or 'Maiden Hythe'). After the building of this 1st bridge, Maidenhead evolved into a critical stop off place for travellers taking the route from London to Bath.

Maidenhead Bridge and River Thames - geograph.org.uk - 205285The train service arrived at Maidenhead in 1838 (Great Western Railway) and a railway bridge was built over the Thames to a design by the remarkable Isambard Kingdom Brunel. Throughout the Nineteenth Century Maidenhead developed into popular riverside resort for London's affluent & prosperous and the hotel by the river became the hang-out of notorious playboys of the day. Soon after the arrival of the railway service Maidenhead grew swiftly and in 1894 it split up from the parishes of Cookham and Bray, to become a town in its own right.

Twenty-first century Maidenhead is in the centre of 'communter country' & its handy spot on the M4/A4 makes it a valuable commercial centre for the area. While a great many travel from Maidenhead to London and some other big towns in the area, Maidenhead itself has a certain amount of light industry & provides jobs for many people in such fields as computer software, plastics & pharmaceuticals.

Maidenhead is renowned for its football team Maidenhead United (called the Magpies) who play at York Road one of the oldest football pitches on the globe. Maidenhead United were established in eighteen seventy and were one of the first 15 entrants in the first F.A. Cup tournament held in 1871-72.

Places of Interest Around Maidenhead: Undoubtedly one of the most popular visitor attractions for tourists going to Maidenhead is definitely the River Thames itself, with its water related facilities, its natural splendor, its flora and fauna and its beautiful riverside walks. If for no other reason than that, the town is well worth a trip. For any fascinated by the history of Maidenhead, the Maidenhead Heritage Centre and Museum could be the first port of call. There you can find out about Maidenhead history from Roman days along to the present and see photos, written documents and artifacts related to the town and its past. Film fans might well just want to pop along to the eight-screen Odeon multiplex cinema, whereas sports fanatics may go and watch the local Maidenhead United play soccer at their York Road stadium, or else check out the Magnet Leisure Centre with its magnificent swimming pool and enormous selection of recreation activities and sports provided for the local community and visitors alike.

You could also visit: Monkey Mates Play Centre, Slough Museum, Longridge Activity Centre (Marlow), E J Churchill Shooting Ground, Maidenhead Steam Navigation Company, Tenpin Maidenhead (Tenpin Bowling), Black Park, Wycombe Museum, Playtrain, Thames Valley Adventure Playground, Kidwells Park, Odds Farm Park, Cliveden Gardens and Maze, Waltham Place, Museum of Berkshire Aviation, Wayside Stables, Bracknell Ski Slope, Thames Valley Falconry Center, Jungle Mania (Bourne End), River and Rowing Museum, Pullingshill Wood, Edwards Amusements, Old Thatch Gardens, Extreme Motion Skate Park, Dorney Court, Windsor Great Park, Ray Mill Island, Bisham Woods, Big Fun 4 Kids Indoor Playcentre, Premier Karting, Montem Leisure Centre.

A selection of Maidenhead streets and roads: Horseguards Drive, Huntswood Lane, Farm Close, Woodstock Close, Frogmill Spinney, Cedar Drive, Cookham Dean Bottom, Sylvester Road, Quarry Wood, Ray Mead Road, Vicarage Gardens, Boundary Road, Bardney Close, Edinburgh Road, Lee Lane, Wessex Way, Oldacres, Fontwell Close, Monkey Island Lane, Roman Lea, Gardner Road, Canon Hill Close, Aldebury Road, Peace Lane, Moffy Hill, Cliveden Road, River Gardens, Cox Green Lane, Cornwall Close, Kings Lane, Keble Road, Hambleden Walk, Hampden Road, Broadwater Park, Poplars Grove, Bissley Drive, Lime Walk, Willow Drive, Bucklebury Close, Homestead Road, The Fieldings, Birdwood Road, Gays Lane, Treesmill Drive, Alwyn Road, Cox Green Road, Malders Lane, Stewarts Close, Amberley Court, Berry Hill, Bray Close.

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