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Location: Berkshire (Berks), Home Counties, England, United Kingdom.

Postcode: SL6

Dialling Code: 01628

Population: 78,000 (2011)

Maidenhead - A historic town with a story harping back to far off Saxon periods, Maidenhead is located in Berkshire county in the Home Counties, within the Borough of Windsor & Maidenhead about 40 km from the City of London. The town has got a resident population of roughly seventy eight thousand occupants and rests on the banks of the River Thames. Maidenhead is a sizable 'dormitory' suburb of the city of London, although is still a decent destination for discovering the nearby countryside. The Thames here is crossed by an eighteenth century road bridge plus a wonderful railway bridge designed in the mid-1800's by the prominent engineer Isambard Kingdom Brunel, the railway bridge was the setting for Turner's painting 'Rain, Steam & Speed'. The Thames at Maidenhead is in addition noted for Boulter's Lock, a well known boating assembly point & beauty spot. To the west of the town is the Courage Shire Horse Centre, a place that the popular brewers 12 Shire horses can be seen, plus a presentation on the story of those horses. In the town itself you can see almshouses dating from as far back as the mid-17th century. The Harry Reitlinger Bequest is an intriguing collection of paintings, sculpture, glassware and pottery. Ray Mill Island is a public park, & the mill is now a hotel. The famed house of Cliveden stands high above in neighbouring Taplow.

The Story of Maidenhead: The former settlement of Maiden Hythe grew up by the river in the times of the Anglo-Saxons. The well known bridge across the river was built in about 1777 (at a cost of nineteen thousand pounds), the initial wooden bridge, first put up in 1255 had a wharf built beside it & it is from this that the town is considered to have got its name (taken from 'New Wharf' or 'Maiden Hythe'). After the construction of this 1st bridge, Maidenhead got to be a vital resting place for travellers making the journey from Bath to London.

Maidenhead Bridge and River Thames - - 205285The railway found its way to Maidenhead in 1838 (Great Western Railway) & a railway bridge was erected over the Thames designed by the great Isambard Kingdom Brunel. During the 19th Century Maidenhead became a highly popular riverside resort for the rich and wealthy of London & the hotel on the Thames came to be the haunt of notorious playboys of that time. After the arrival of the railway service Maidenhead grew fairly quickly and in 1894 it split from the parishes of Bray & Cookham, developing into a town in its own right.

Modern day Maidenhead is in the heart of 'communter country' and its ideal spot on the M4/A4 makes it a major centre for the area. Although many travel from Maidenhead to London and various other major towns in the area, the town itself has a smattering of light industry & provides jobs for many in such sectors as computer software, plastics and pharmaceuticals.

Maidenhead is respected for its football team Maidenhead United (known as the Magpies) who play at York Road one of the oldest grounds in the world. Maidenhead United were established in eighteen seventy & were one of the first 15 competitors in the first F.A. Cup competition held in 1871-72.

Maidenhead Tourist Attractions: Certainly one of the principal tourist attractions for individuals visiting Maidenhead is clearly the Thames itself, with its boating facilities, its natural splendor, its flora and fauna and its wonderful riverside walks. If for no other reason than that, the town is really worth a trip. For everyone fascinated by the history of Maidenhead, the Maidenhead Heritage Centre and Museum is a must. There one can find out about Maidenhead history from the Roman era right up to modern times and examine photos, records and artifacts relating to the town and its historic past. Film aficionados might well choose to head to the 8-screen Odeon cinema, whereas sports fanatics could go and watch Maidenhead United play football at their York Road pitch, or alternatively go to the Magnet Leisure Centre using its outstanding pool and huge selection of sports and recreation activities provided for the local people and visitors alike.

You could also visit: Waltham Place, Berkshire Paintball Park, Wayside Stables, Big Fun 4 Kids Indoor Playcentre, Montem Leisure Centre, Monkey Mates Play Centre, Maidenhead Steam Navigation Company, Hobbs of Henley, Pullingshill Wood, Dinton Pastures Country Park, Homefield Wood, Gleniffer Stables, Kidwells Park, Bracknell Ice Skating, Dorney Court, Stanley Spencer Gallery, Ray Mill Island, Popes Meadow, Slough Ice Arena, Jungle Mania (Bourne End), Playtrain, Wycombe Museum, Cheeky Charlies Play Centre, Odds Farm Park, Church Wood, Bisham Woods, Langley Leisure Centre, Premier Karting, Snakes and Ladders at Slough, Beeches, Odeon Multiplex Cinema.

A selection of Maidenhead streets and roads: Beaufort Place, Altwood Drive, The Dell, Cookham Road, Hurstfield Drive, Orkney Court, Curls Road, Tachbrook Close, Coln Close, The Rushes, Foxborough Court, Astor Close, Nicholsons Walk, Upper Bray Road, Arkley Court, Penshurst Road, Briar Glen, Courtlands, Great Hill Crescent, Fairview Road, Strande Lane, Winter Hill Road, Station Hill, The Arcade, St Columbus Close, Woodhurst South, Maypole Road, Barn Drive, Station Parade, Spencers Close, Cookham Dean Bottom, North Town Mead, Rutland Gate, Wavell Road, Folly Way, Lightlands Lane, Hitcham Lane, Court Close, Cavendish Close, Cadogan Close, Braywick Road, Rosebank Close, Islet Park, Badger Close, Graham Road, Conway Road, Church Lane, Wayside Mews, Aldebury Road, Pamela Row, Terrys Lane.

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