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Location: Berkshire, England, United Kingdom.

Postcode: SL6

Dialling Code: 01628

Population: 78,000 (2011)

Maidenhead - An ancient town with a story going back to far off Anglo-Saxon days, Maidenhead is situated in Berkshire county in the Home Counties, in the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead about 40 kilometres from the centre of London. It has got a population of roughly seventy eight thousand occupants & lies on the banks of the River Thames. Maidenhead is a substantial 'dormitory' suburb of the city of London, however is a good centre for exploring the appealing nearby countryside. The Thames at this point is spanned by an 18th century road bridge plus a terrific railway bridge designed in 1838 by the exceptional engineer Isambard Kingdom Brunel, the rail bridge was the inspiration for Turner's work 'Rain, Steam & Speed'. The Thames at Maidenhead is in addition noted for Boulter's Lock, a fashionable boating meeting place & beauty spot. To the west of Maidenhead is the Courage Shire Horse Centre, where the widely recognized brewery's twelve Shire horses can be seen, with a presentation on the heritage of those horses. In the town itself you can observe almshouses dating from sixteen fifty nine. The Harry Reitlinger Bequest is an intriguing collection of paintings, sculpture, glassware and pottery. Ray Mill Island is a public garden, & the mill later became a hotel. The well known Italianate mansion Cliveden looks down on the Thames in neighbouring Taplow.

The Historical Past of Maidenhead: The former settlement of Maidenhythe started beside the river during the times of the Anglo-Saxons. The famed bridge across the Thames was built in about 1777 (at a cost of nineteen thousand pounds), the initial bridge of wood construction, first put up in 1255 had a wharf built beside it and this is where the town is believed to have derived its current name (taken from 'New Wharf' or 'Maiden Hythe'). Soon after the building of this first bridge, Maidenhead slowly became a key resting place for travellers taking the journey from London to Bath.

Maidenhead Bridge and River Thames - geograph.org.uk - 205285The railway line arrived in Maidenhead in 1838 (Great Western Railway) and a rail bridge was erected over the river to a design by the great Isambard Kingdom Brunel. During the 19th Century Maidenhead became a very popular riverside resort for London's affluent & wealthy and the hotel alongside the riverbank came to be the haunt of notorious playboys of the time. Soon after the coming of the railway service Maidenhead grew swiftly and in 1894 it separated from the parishes of Bray and Cookham, becoming a town in its own right.

Today's Maidenhead is in the middle of 'communter country' and its strategic setting on the A4/ M4 helps it be a valuable centre for the region. While many travel from Maidenhead to London & various other major towns in the region, the town itself has a bit of light industry & provides jobs for many people in such industries as computer software, pharmaceuticals and plastics.

Maidenhead is famous for its soccer team Maidenhead United (known as the Magpies) which plays at York Rd claimed to be one of the oldest football pitches on the planet. Maidenhead United were formed in 1870 and were one of the first 15 competitors in the 1st F.A. Cup competition which took place in 1871-72.

Maidenhead Places of Interest: Among the leading visitor attractions for people going to Maidenhead is for sure the Thames itself, with its water related facilities, its natural charm, its wildlife and its spectacular riverside walks. If no reason other than that, the town is really worth a look. For anyone wanting to research the history of Maidenhead, the Maidenhead Heritage Centre and Museum may be the first port of call. There one can learn about Maidenhead history from the Roman period right up to modern times and examine photos, documents and artifacts relating to Maidenhead and its past. Movie aficionados might well choose to head for the 8-screen Odeon multiplex cinema, whereas sporting fanatics might go to see the local Maidenhead United play football at their York Road ground, or even visit the Magnet Leisure Centre enjoying its awesome swimming pool and enormous selection of sports and activities provided for the local community and visitors alike.

You could also visit: Premier Karting, Dinton Pastures Country Park, Odds Farm Park, Windsor Leisure Centre, Windsor Great Park, Playtrain, E J Churchill Shooting Ground, Popes Meadow, Thames Valley Falconry Center, Maidenhead Steam Navigation Company, Windsor Castle, Whoosh Play Centre, Montem Leisure Centre, Sector 7 Laser (Combat Gaming), Museum of Berkshire Aviation, Berkshire Paintball Park, Slough Ice Arena, Thames Valley Adventure Playground, Bracknell Leisure Centre, Braywick Nature Centre, Edwards Amusements, Odeon Multiplex Cinema, Absolutely Karting, Langley Leisure Centre, Gleniffer Stables, Savill Garden, Hobbs of Henley, Homefield Wood, Dorney Court, Wayside Stables, Monkey Mates Play Centre.

A selection of Maidenhead streets and roads: Lyneham Gardens, Portlock Road, Hawthorn Gardens, Orchard Close, Howe Lane, Lutman Lane, Guards Club Road, Hillmead Court, Winchester Drive, Hibbert Road, Marlborough Close, Beech Close, Belmont Park Avenue, Chiltern Road, Fane Way, Courtfield Drive, Tithe Barn Drive, Lambourne Drive, Alleyns Lane, Boulters Court, Ray Lea Close, Barn Close, Lock Mead, Norden Road, Lancaster Road, Sandisplatt Road, Upper Bray Road, Spencers Lane, Norfolk Park Cottages, Balmoral, Evenlode, The Drive, Bradcutts Lane, Briar Glen, Huntercombe Lane South, Lovett Gardens, Purssell Close, Wootton Way, Fern Drive, Danes Gardens, Briar Dene, Hambleden Walk, Seymour Close, Station Road, Leighton Gardens, Doranne Orchard, Ferndale Park, Cheniston Grove, Cookham Dean Common, Abingdon Walk, The Pagoda.

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