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

Postcode: SL6

Dialling Code: 01628

Population: 78,000 (2011)

Maidenhead - A historical town with a historical past going back to early Saxon days, Maidenhead lies in the county of Berks in the Home Counties, in the Royal Borough of Windsor & Maidenhead roughly forty km from central London. The town of Maidenhead has got a population of about 78,000 inhabitants & sits on the banks of the River Thames. It is a good sized 'dormitory' suburb for London, but is a nice locale for discovering the beautiful nearby countryside. The River Thames at this point is traversed by an eighteenth century road bridge in addition to a stunning railway bridge built in the mid-1800's by the first-class engineer Isambard Kingdom Brunel, the rail bridge was the inspiration for J M W Turner's work 'Rain, Steam and Speed'. The river at Maidenhead is furthermore well known for Boulter's Lock, a well-liked boating rendezvous and beauty spot. Found to the west of Maidenhead is the Courage Shire Horse Centre, where the widely known brewers 12 Shire horses can be seen, with a presentation on the historic past of the horses. In the town itself you can find almshouses dating from sixteen fifty nine. The Harry Reitlinger Bequest is an interesting collection of paintings, sculpture, glassware & pottery. Ray Mill Island is a park, and the mill was later turned into a hotel. The acclaimed National Trust house of Cliveden looks down on the river in neighbouring Taplow.

The Story of Maidenhead: The first settlement of Maidenhythe evolved around the the Thames in the days of the Saxons. The well known bridge across the River Thames was made in about 1777 (for around £19,000), the initial bridge of wood construction, first put up in 1255 had a wharf built next to it and this is from where the town is understood to have got its name (taken from 'New Wharf' or 'Maiden Hythe'). Soon after the constructing of this first bridge, Maidenhead developed into a crucial stop off place for travellers on 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 rail bridge was built over the river to a design by the incredible Isambard Kingdom Brunel. Through the Nineteenth Century Maidenhead evolved into popular riverside resort for London's affluent and prosperous & the hotel adjacent to the river came to be the haunt of notorious playboys of that time. Soon after the coming of the railway service Maidenhead expanded dramatically & in 1894 it separated from the parishes of Cookham and Bray, to become a town in its own right.

Present day Maidenhead is in the heart of 'communter country' and its strategic location on the M4/A4 helps it be a fundamental commercial centre for the area. While many commute from Maidenhead to The city of london and some other big towns in the region, Maidenhead itself has a reasonable amount of light industry and provides jobs for many in such sectors as plastics, computer software & pharmaceuticals.

Maidenhead is famous for its soccer team Maidenhead United (known as the Magpies) which plays at York Road among the oldest grounds in the world. Maidenhead United were formed in eighteen seventy & were one of the first fifteen teams in the 1st F.A. Cup tournament held in 1871-72.

Maidenhead Things to Do: One of the key points of interest for tourists going to Maidenhead is as expected the River Thames itself, with its boating, its natural splendor, its wildlife and its beautiful riverside walks. If no purpose other than that, Maidenhead is definitely worth checking out. For those looking into the history of Maidenhead, the Maidenhead Heritage Centre and Museum is a must. There you can learn about Maidenhead history from Roman days right up to the present and see photos, records and artifacts relating to Maidenhead and its historical background. Movie fans might well wish to head to the eight-screen Odeon multiplex cinema, whereas sports addicts may go to watch the local Maidenhead United play football at their York Road pitch, or possibly go to the Magnet Leisure Centre enjoying its fantastic pool and huge choice of recreation activities and sports available for the local people and visitors alike.

You could also visit: Jungle Mania (Bourne End), Skirmish Wycombe, Waltham Place, E J Churchill Shooting Ground, Ray Mill Island, Museum of Berkshire Aviation, Thames Valley Adventure Playground, Thames Valley Falconry Center, Playtrain, Cheeky Charlies Play Centre, Windsor Great Park, Beeches, Bracknell Ski Slope, Longridge Activity Centre (Marlow), Wycombe Museum, Legoland Windsor, Edwards Amusements, Extreme Motion Skate Park, Stanley Spencer Gallery, Kidwells Park, Church Wood, Cliveden Gardens and Maze, Cocksherd Bluebell Wood (Britwell), Big Fun 4 Kids Indoor Playcentre, Old Thatch Gardens, Gleniffer Stables, Montem Leisure Centre, Windsor Castle, Riverside Gardens and Play Area, Hobbs of Henley, Wayside Stables.

A selection of Maidenhead streets and roads: Laburnham Road, Grenfell Road, Cox Green Lane, Old Marsh Lane, Furze Platt Road, The Switchback, Lime Walk, Quarry Wood, Honey Lane, The Terrace, Rixman Close, Barnfield Close, Roseleigh Close, Raymond Road, Havelock Crescent, Cookham Road, Belmont Drive, Pondwood Lane, Clare Road, Lakeside, Old Court Close, Cliveden Road, Hall Place Lane, River Road, Gringer Hill, St Marys Walk, Whyteladyes Lane, North Dean, Hardwick Close, Windmill Road, Lyndhurst Avenue, Fairview Road, Treesmill Drive, Belmont Vale, Choke Lane, Thurlby Way, Norden Meadows, Arundel Close, Dorchester Close, Stubbles Lane, Hurstfield Drive, Grubwood Lane, Wheatfield Close, Castle Hill, Culham Drive, Islet Road, Lowbrook Drive, Kelsey Close, Highway Avenue, The Paddock, Rushington Avenue.

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