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Location: Berkshire, Home Counties, United Kingdom.

Postcode: SL6

Dialling Code: 01628

Population: 78,000 (2011)

Maidenhead - An ancient town with a historical past harping back to early Anglo-Saxon times, Maidenhead is situated in the county of Berks (Berkshire) in the Home Counties, within the Royal Borough of Windsor & Maidenhead about 40 km from London's centre. Maidenhead has a populace of close to seventy eight thousand inhabitants and rests on the banks of the River Thames. Maidenhead is a major 'dormitory' suburb of London, nevertheless is still a decent spot for checking out the pleasing nearby countryside. The Thames at this point is traversed by an eighteenth century road bridge together with a terrific railway bridge built in the mid-1800's by the first-class engineer Isambard Kingdom Brunel, the rail bridge was the inspiration for Joseph Mallord Turner's work 'Rain, Steam and Speed'. The Thames at Maidenhead is furthermore renowned for Boulter's Lock, a popular boating rendezvous & beauty spot. Found to the west of Maidenhead you can find the Courage Shire Horse Centre, a place that the widely known brewery's twelve Shire horses can be seen, plus a presentation on the historic past of the horses. In Maidenhead town itself you can see almshouses dating from as long ago as sixteen fifty nine. The Harry Reitlinger Bequest is an exciting collection of paintings, sculpture, glassware and pottery. Ray Mill Island is a public garden, & the mill is now a hotel. The celebrated National Trust house of Cliveden stands high above in nearby Taplow.

The Story of Maidenhead: The former settlement of Maiden Hythe grew up beside the the Thames in the times of the Saxons. The famed bridge across the river was built in about 1777 (at a cost of nineteen thousand pounds), the initial bridge of wood construction, first erected in 1255 had a wharf adjacent to it & this is where the town is thought to have been named (taken from 'New Wharf' or 'Maiden Hythe'). Following the constructing of this first bridge, Maidenhead became a major stopping place for travellers taking the journey from Bath to London.

Maidenhead Bridge and River Thames - geograph.org.uk - 205285The railway arrived in Maidenhead in 1838 (Great Western Railway) & a railway bridge was erected over the river designed by the exceptional Isambard Kingdom Brunel. During the Nineteenth Century Maidenhead developed into popular riverside resort for London's rich and wealthy & the hotel on the riverbank came to be the haunt of famous playboys of the time. Following the arrival of the railway service the town grew dramatically and in 1894 it split up from the parishes of Cookham & Bray, transforming into a town in its own right.

Contemporary Maidenhead is in the centre of 'communter country' and its strategic location on the M4/A4 helps it be a fundamental centre for the area. Although many travel from Maidenhead to London & other major towns in the region, Maidenhead itself has a smattering of light industry and provides jobs for many workers in such fields as pharmaceuticals, plastics & computer software.

Maidenhead is respected for its football team Maidenhead United (nicknamed the Magpies) which plays at York Rd one of the oldest grounds in the world. Maidenhead United were formed in eighteen seventy & were one of the first 15 entries in the 1st F.A. Cup competition which took place in 1871-72.

Places of Interest in and Near Maidenhead: One of the key sights for individuals visiting Maidenhead is without doubt the River Thames itself, with its water related facilities, its natural charm, its flora and fauna and its relaxing riverside walks. If for no other purpose than this, the town is well worth a look. For all those interested by the history of Maidenhead, the Maidenhead Heritage Centre and Museum is a must. Here you can find out about Maidenhead history since the Roman times along to the present and look at relics, written documents and photos relating to Maidenhead and its story. Film fans might well want to head for the 8-screen Odeon multiplex cinema, whilst sporting enthusiasts could go and watch Maidenhead United play football at their York Road pitch, or perhaps go to the Magnet Leisure Centre enjoying its awesome swimming pool and tremendous choice of activities and sports available for the local community and visitors alike.

You could also visit: Stanley Spencer Gallery, Wayside Stables, Odds Farm Park, Gleniffer Stables, Pullingshill Wood, Odeon Multiplex Cinema, Windsor Castle, Beeches, Thames Valley Adventure Playground, Braywick Nature Centre, Waltham Place, Dinton Pastures Country Park, Berkshire Paintball Park, Extreme Motion Skate Park, Bekonscot Model Village, Homefield Wood, Playtrain, Slough Museum, Slough Ice Arena, E J Churchill Shooting Ground, Cheeky Charlies Play Centre, Windsor Leisure Centre, Big Fun 4 Kids Indoor Playcentre, Old Thatch Gardens, Kidwells Park, Edwards Amusements, Snakes and Ladders at Slough, Tenpin Maidenhead (Tenpin Bowling), Savill Garden, River and Rowing Museum, Cliveden Gardens and Maze.

A selection of Maidenhead streets and roads: Ray Drive, Beech Close, Court Drive, Victor Close, Mallow Park, Station Road, Kinghorn Lane, Reeve Road, Lynden Close, Clarefield Close, West Street, Badminton Road, Switchback Road South, Cranbrook Drive, Ockwells Road, Priors Way, Kings Lane, Stompits Road, Canon Hill Way, Gorse Road, Briar Dene, Woodfield Drive, Harefield Road, Hatfield Close, Horseguards Drive, Stewarts Close, Lillibrooke Crescent, Vicarage Walk, Spring Close, Salters Road, Bailey Close, Thurlby Way, Old Court Close, St Columbus Close, Foliejohn Way, Lexington Avenue, Lassell Gardens, Gables Close, Chauntry Mews, Avenue Road, Shoppenhangers Road, Maypole Road, Nicholsons Lane, The Arcade, Mill Lane, Marlborough Close, Bargeman Road, Thicket Grove, Spencers Road, Bissley Drive, Southwood Road.

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