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Location: Berkshire, Home Counties, England, UK.

Postcode: SL6

Dialling Code: 01628

Population: 78,000 (2011)

Maidenhead - A historic town with a history harping back to early Saxon days, Maidenhead can be found in the county of Berkshire (Berks) in the Home Counties, within the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead approximately 25 mls from the City of London. It has got a population of roughly seventy eight thousand inhabitants and lies beside the River Thames. The town of Maidenhead is a major 'dormitory' suburb of the city of London, nevertheless is still a great position for checking out the pretty nearby countryside. The Thames here is traversed by an eighteenth century road bridge and a splendid railway bridge built in the mid-nineteenth century by the superb engineer Isambard Kingdom Brunel, the rail bridge is the subject of Joseph Mallord Turner's painting 'Rain, Steam & Speed'. The River Thames at Maidenhead is in addition well known for Boulter's Lock, a favorite boating rendezvous and beauty spot. To the west of Maidenhead you will find the Courage Shire Horse Centre, where the widely recognized brewers Shire horses can be seen, plus a presentation on the background of those horses. In the town itself you will find almshouses dating from the 17th century. The Harry Reitlinger Bequest is an interesting collection of sculpture, paintings, pottery and glassware. Ray Mill Island is a park, & the mill later became a hotel. The famed Italianate mansion Cliveden stands high above in nearby Taplow.

The Historic Past of Maidenhead: The original settlement of Maidenhythe started beside the the River Thames in Saxon times. The celebrated bridge across the River Thames was built in about 1777 (for around nineteen thousand pounds), the original bridge of wood construction, first erected in 1255 had a wharf built alongside it & it is from this that the town is believed to have derived its current name (from 'New Wharf' or 'Maiden Hythe'). Following the constructing of this first bridge, Maidenhead slowly became a critical stopping point for travellers on the journey from London to Bath.

Maidenhead Bridge and River Thames - geograph.org.uk - 205285The railway line found its way to Maidenhead in 1838 (Great Western Railway) & a railway bridge was constructed over the river to a design by the outstanding Isambard Kingdom Brunel. During the 19th Century Maidenhead became a very popular riverside destination for London's affluent and prosperous and the hotel by the riverbank came to be the hang-out of notorious playboys of those times. After the coming of the railway service the town grew rather quickly and in 1894 it split from the parishes of Bray and Cookham, developing into a town in its own right.

Modern day Maidenhead is in the centre of 'communter country' and its key location on the M4/A4 renders it a key centre for the area. While many travel from Maidenhead to The City and various other significant towns in the region, Maidenhead itself has some light industry and employs many in such market sectors as plastics, computer software and pharmaceuticals.

Maidenhead is respected for its soccer team Maidenhead United (called the Magpies) which plays at York Rd claimed to be one of the oldest football grounds on the planet. Maidenhead United were formed in eighteen seventy & were one of the first 15 competitors in the 1st F.A. Cup competition held in 1871-72.

Maidenhead Things to Do: One of the chief tourist attractions for tourists visiting Maidenhead is unquestionably the Thames itself, with its boating facilities, its natural charm, its flora and fauna and its lovely riverside walks. If for no other reason than this, the town is seriously worth a look. For anyone enthusiastic about the history of Maidenhead, the Maidenhead Heritage Centre and Museum might be the first port of call. There you can find out about Maidenhead history since Roman times right up to the present day and see written documents, photographs and antiquities relevant to the town and its historical background. Movie aficionados might well just want to go to the eight-screen Odeon cinema, while sporting fanatics might go to see Maidenhead United play football at their York Road stadium, or alternatively go to the Magnet Leisure Centre using its outstanding swimming pool and amazing range of sports and recreation activities available for the local community and visitors alike.

You could also visit: Windsor Castle, Black Park, Old Thatch Gardens, Windsor Leisure Centre, Longridge Activity Centre (Marlow), Savill Garden, Riverside Gardens and Play Area, Wycombe Museum, Legoland Windsor, Maidenhead Steam Navigation Company, Hobbs of Henley, Whoosh Play Centre, Dorney Court, Kidwells Park, Bekonscot Model Village, Bracknell Leisure Centre, Extreme Motion Skate Park, Premier Karting, Popes Meadow, Pullingshill Wood, Berkshire Paintball Park, Edwards Amusements, Odeon Multiplex Cinema, Tenpin Maidenhead (Tenpin Bowling), Cheeky Charlies Play Centre, Monkey Mates Play Centre, Beeches, Slough Museum, Museum of Berkshire Aviation, Windsor Great Park, River and Rowing Museum.

A selection of Maidenhead streets and roads: Great Hill Crescent, Ashton Place, Islet Park, Ferry Road, Russet Road, Stafford Close, Warren View, Chauntry Close, Princess Street, Denmark Street, Stompits Road, Ray Mead Road, Courtlands, Rutland Road, Ludlow Road, Prince Andrew Road, Vanwall Road, Hills Lane, Mill Lane, Fane Way, Oaken Grove, Dean Lane, Wellhouse Road, Rye Close, Pelham Court, Avenue Road, Bray Court, Manor Lane, Alston Gardens, Gatward Avenue, Lees Close, The Drive, Lassell Court, Elmwood, Choke Lane, Osney Road, Cliveden Mead, Breadcroft Road, Lancastria Mews, Furze Road, Killarney Drive, Audley Drive, New Road, Tithe Barn Drive, Melton Court, Norreys Drive, Kenwood Close, Barnfield Close, Westacott Way, Rushington Avenue, Newbury Drive.

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