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

Postcode: SL6

Dialling Code: 01628

Population: 78,000 (2011)

Maidenhead - An ancient town with a history harping back to early Saxon days, Maidenhead is found in Berks county in the Home Counties, within the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead about 40 kilometers from the City of London. The town has got a population of approximately seventy eight thousand inhabitants & lies beside the River Thames. It is a major 'dormitory' suburb for London, but it is a good centre for discovering the pretty nearby countryside. The River Thames at this point is crossed by an eighteenth century road bridge and a terrific railway bridge built in the mid-1800's by the fantastic engineer Isambard Kingdom Brunel, the railway bridge is the setting of Turner's painting 'Rain, Steam and Speed'. The river at Maidenhead is additionally noted for Boulter's Lock, a popular boating rendezvous & beauty spot. West of the town is the Courage Shire Horse Centre, a place that the widely known brewery's Shire horses can be viewed, accompanied by a presentation on the history of those horses. In the town itself you will find almshouses dating from mid-seventeenth century. The Harry Reitlinger Bequest is a remarkable collection of sculpture, paintings, glassware & pottery. Ray Mill Island is a public garden, and the mill is now a hotel. The acclaimed National Trust house of Cliveden looks down on the River Thames in nearby Taplow.

Maidenhead Historical Past: The original settlement of Maiden Hythe grew up around the the Thames in the times of the Saxons. The well known bridge across the Thames was built in about 1777 (at a cost of nineteen thousand pounds), the original wooden bridge, first built in 1255 had a wharf adjacent to it & it is from this that the town is believed to have derived its current name (from 'New Wharf' or 'Maiden Hythe'). After the establishment of this 1st bridge, Maidenhead developed into a critical resting place for travellers on the route from London to Bath.

Maidenhead Bridge and River Thames - - 205285The train came to Maidenhead in 1838 (Great Western Railway) & a rail bridge was constructed over the River Thames designed by the remarkable Isambard Kingdom Brunel. Over the 19th Century Maidenhead became a popular riverside resort for the rich & wealthy of London & the hotel on the riverbank came to be the haunt of well known playboys of the day. Soon after the arrival of the railway line the town grew quickly & in 1894 it split up from the parishes of Bray and Cookham, to become a town in its own right.

Today's Maidenhead is in the middle of 'communter country' & its key location on the A4/ M4 makes it a key centre for the region. Although many commute from Maidenhead to London & various other big towns in the area, the town itself has a reasonable amount of light industry & provides jobs for many in such market sectors as computer software, pharmaceuticals and plastics.

Maidenhead is known in sporting circles for its soccer team Maidenhead United (known as the Magpies) who play at York Rd one of the oldest grounds in the world. Maidenhead United were formed in eighteen seventy & were one of the first fifteen competitors in the very first F.A. Cup competition which took place in 1871-72.

Tourist Attractions Around Maidenhead: Amongst the principal visitor attractions for anyone going to Maidenhead is unquestionably the Thames itself, with its water related facilities, its natural charm, its flora and fauna and its lovely riverside walks. If no justification other than that, the town is truly worth a visit. For anyone interested in the history of Maidenhead, the Maidenhead Heritage Centre and Museum is a must visit place. Here you'll find out about Maidenhead history from the Roman period up to modern times and see photographs, records and antiquities related to Maidenhead and its historical past. Film aficionados might well wish to go to the eight-screen Odeon cinema, whereas sports addicts could go to watch the local Maidenhead United play football at their York Road stadium, or possibly check out the Magnet Leisure Centre using its excellent pool and huge variety of sports and activities available for the local people and visitors alike.

You could also visit: Langley Leisure Centre, Cliveden Gardens and Maze, Thames Valley Falconry Center, Savill Garden, Thames Valley Adventure Playground, Montem Leisure Centre, Odds Farm Park, Tenpin Maidenhead (Tenpin Bowling), Hobbs of Henley, Edwards Amusements, Whoosh Play Centre, Skirmish Wycombe, Riverside Gardens and Play Area, Wycombe Museum, Slough Ice Arena, Wayside Stables, Bracknell Ice Skating, Museum of Berkshire Aviation, Kidwells Park, Popes Meadow, Beeches, Absolutely Karting, Berkshire Paintball Park, River and Rowing Museum, Bracknell Ski Slope, Slough Museum, Dinton Pastures Country Park, Braywick Nature Centre, Sector 7 Laser (Combat Gaming), Bekonscot Model Village, Windsor Leisure Centre.

A selection of Maidenhead streets and roads: Farm Road, Stompits Road, Badminton Road, Cookham Road, River Gardens, Lime Walk, Bridle Close, The Moor, Briar Close, Waldeck Road, Station Road, Church Views, The Wickets, Cedars Road, Simpson Close, Cavendish Close, Prince Andrew Close, Curls Road, Boyn Valley Road, Shepherds Lane, Archer Close, Longleat Gardens, Chalgrove Close, Roseleigh Close, Northumbria Road, Stroud Farm Road, Windsor Road, Timbers Walk, Burchetts Green Road, The Terrace, Cromwell Road, Loosen Drive, Briar Glen, Islet Park, Allenby Road, Powney Road, Anne Close, Eskdale Gardens, St Marys Close, Bridle Road, Denmark Street, Hamilton Park, Ferry End, Stafferton Way, Marsh Lane, Holly Drive, The Rushes, Barn Close, Bigfrith Lane, The Hyde, Swanbrook Court.

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