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Location: Berkshire, Home Counties, UK.

Postcode: SL6

Dialling Code: 01628

Population: 78,000 (2011)

Maidenhead - A historical town with a story stretching back to early Saxon times, Maidenhead is situated in the county of Berkshire in the Home Counties, within the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead about 40 km from the City of London. It has got a population of approximately seventy eight thousand occupants & lies beside the River Thames. The town of Maidenhead is a major 'dormitory' suburb for London, nevertheless is a decent centre for discovering the nearby countryside. The River Thames at this point is spanned by an eighteenth century road bridge and a superb railway bridge designed in eighteen thirty eight by the remarkable engineer Isambard Kingdom Brunel, the railway bridge is the setting for J M W Turner's work 'Rain, Steam & Speed'. The Thames at Maidenhead is additionally well known for Boulter's Lock, a favorite boating assembly point and beauty spot. West of the town is the Courage Shire Horse Centre, a place that the widely recognized brewers Shire horses can be viewed, as well as a display on the background of those horses. In the town itself you can find almshouses dating from the mid-17th century. The Harry Reitlinger Bequest is an intriguing collection of sculpture, paintings, pottery & glassware. Ray Mill Island is a park, & the mill later became a hotel. The celebrated Italianate mansion Cliveden stands high above in nearby Taplow.

The Historic Past of Maidenhead: The former settlement of Maiden Hythe grew up beside the river during Anglo-Saxon times. The celebrated bridge across the river was built in about 1777 (for around £19,000), the original wooden bridge, first built in 1255 had a wharf alongside it and it is from this that the town is thought to have been named (taken from 'New Wharf' or 'Maiden Hythe'). Following the erection of this first bridge, Maidenhead grew into a valuable stopping place for travellers taking the journey from London to Bath.

Maidenhead Bridge and River Thames - geograph.org.uk - 205285The railway found its way to Maidenhead in 1838 (Great Western Railway) and a railway bridge was erected over the river designed by the incredible Isambard Kingdom Brunel. Through the Nineteenth Century Maidenhead developed into popular riverside resort for the rich and wealthy of London and the hotel by the river came to be the hang-out of infamous playboys of that time. Soon after the coming of the railway service the town expanded pretty quickly & in 1894 it broke up from the parishes of Bray & Cookham, transforming into a town in its own right.

Current day Maidenhead is in the heart of 'communter country' & its key location on the M4/A4 makes it a critical centre for the area. While a good many travel from Maidenhead to Central london & various other large towns in the area, Maidenhead itself has some light industry and employs many in such industrial sectors as pharmaceuticals, computer software & plastics.

Maidenhead is known in sporting circles for its football team Maidenhead United (referred to as the Magpies) who play at York Road claimed to be one of the oldest football grounds around the world. Maidenhead United were formed in eighteen seventy & were one of the first 15 competitors in the 1st F.A. Cup tournament which took place in 1871-72.

Maidenhead Places to Visit: Certainly one of the main points of interest for people visiting Maidenhead is without doubt the River Thames itself, with its water related facilities, its natural charm, its flora and fauna and its pretty riverside walks. If for no other justification than this, the town is well worth the trip. For all interested by the history of Maidenhead, the Maidenhead Heritage Centre and Museum is a must. Here one can find out about Maidenhead history since the time of the Romans right up to the present and view antiquities, photographs and written documents related to Maidenhead and its historical past. Movie enthusiasts might well wish to go to the eight-screen Odeon cinema, while sports addicts may go to see Maidenhead United play football at their York Road stadium, or else check out the Magnet Leisure Centre enjoying its magnificent pool and vast variety of sports and recreation activities available for the local people and visitors alike.

You could also visit: Edwards Amusements, Windsor Leisure Centre, Dorney Court, Whoosh Play Centre, Tenpin Maidenhead (Tenpin Bowling), Bracknell Ice Skating, Stanley Spencer Gallery, Bracknell Leisure Centre, Thames Valley Falconry Center, Windsor Great Park, Homefield Wood, Berkshire Paintball Park, Popes Meadow, Legoland Windsor, Monkey Mates Play Centre, Beeches, Old Thatch Gardens, Ray Mill Island, Bracknell Ski Slope, Extreme Motion Skate Park, Slough Ice Arena, Montem Leisure Centre, Gleniffer Stables, Braywick Nature Centre, Maidenhead Steam Navigation Company, Wayside Stables, Big Fun 4 Kids Indoor Playcentre, Black Park, Odeon Multiplex Cinema, E J Churchill Shooting Ground, Absolutely Karting.

A selection of Maidenhead streets and roads: Seymour Close, The Fairway, Vicarage Close, Chalgrove Close, Rushington Avenue, Lock Avenue, Culley Way, Bray Road, Willant Close, Waltham Close, Terrys Lane, Hemsdale, Lingholm Close, Bath Road, Old Marsh Lane, Blackbird Lane, The Wickets, Desborough Crescent, Connaught Close, Sandisplatt Road, Providence Place, Boulters Court, Coningsby Lane, Woodcote, Harvest Hill Road, Brunel Road, Boyn Hill Road, Harrow Lane, Jubilee Road, Boulters Lane, Badger Close, Bartletts Lane, Laggan Road, Danes Gardens, Woodhurst Road, Donnington Gardens, Halifax Road, Lassell Gardens, York Road, Westmead, Compton Drive, Thatchers Drive, Church Views, Bishop Court, Minton Rise, Gardner Road, Fishery Road, Huntswood Lane, Clarefield Close, Cheviot Close, The Tressel.

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