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Location: Berkshire, England, UK.

Postcode: SL6

Dialling Code: 01628

Population: 78,000 (2011)

Maidenhead - A historical town with a story stretching back to far off Anglo-Saxon times, Maidenhead is situated in the county of Berkshire in the Home Counties, within the Borough of Windsor & Maidenhead roughly 40 km from the City of London. The town of Maidenhead has a populace of around seventy eight thousand occupants and lies on the River Thames. It is a big 'dormitory' suburb for London, however is still a great centre for exploring the nearby countryside. The Thames at this point is spanned by an 18th century road bridge plus a superb railway bridge built in the mid-1800's by the clever engineer Isambard Kingdom Brunel, the railway bridge was the setting of J M W Turner's work 'Rain, Steam and Speed'. The Thames at Maidenhead is in addition known for Boulter's Lock, a popular boating rendezvous & beauty spot. Found to the west of the town is the Courage Shire Horse Centre, where the widely known brewers Shire horses can be seen, along with a presentation on the history of the horses. In Maidenhead town itself are almshouses dating from 1659. The Harry Reitlinger Bequest is a remarkable collection of paintings, sculpture, glassware & pottery. Ray Mill Island is a park, & the mill later became a hotel. The renowned National Trust house of Cliveden looks down on the river in neighbouring Taplow.

The Historic Past of Maidenhead: The original settlement of Maiden Hythe grew up around the the River Thames during Anglo-Saxon times. The famous bridge across the River Thames was constructed in about 1777 (for around nineteen thousand pounds), the original bridge of wood construction, first built in 1255 had a wharf beside it and this is where the town is assumed to have got its name (from 'New Wharf' or 'Maiden Hythe'). After the construction of this first bridge, Maidenhead grew to become an excellent stopping place for travellers taking the journey from London to Bath.

Maidenhead Bridge and River Thames - geograph.org.uk - 205285The railway arrived at Maidenhead in 1838 (Great Western Railway) and a railway bridge was built over the Thames designed by the amazing Isambard Kingdom Brunel. During the 19th Century Maidenhead evolved into very popular riverside destination for the affluent and wealthy of London & the hotel alongside the river became the hang-out of famous playboys of the day. Following the arrival of the railway line the town expanded pretty quickly and in 1894 it split from the parishes of Cookham & Bray, becoming a town in its own right.

Current day Maidenhead is in the heart of 'communter country' & its strategic setting on the A4/ M4 makes it a significant centre for the area. While a great many travel from Maidenhead to Central london and other large towns in the area, Maidenhead itself has a certain amount of light industry & employs many workers in such industries as pharmaceuticals, plastics and computer software.

Maidenhead is known in sports circles for its soccer team Maidenhead United (called the Magpies) which plays at York Road among the oldest grounds on the planet. Maidenhead United were formed in 1870 and were one of the first fifteen teams in the first F.A. Cup tournament which took place in 1871-72.

Tourist Attractions in Maidenhead: Undoubtedly one of the main sights for people visiting Maidenhead is for sure the River Thames itself, with its water related facilities, its natural beauty, its flora and fauna and its fantastic riverside walks. If for no other purpose than that, the town is well worth a trip. For people fascinated by the history of Maidenhead, the Maidenhead Heritage Centre and Museum is a must visit place. There you'll find out about Maidenhead history from Roman days up to the present day and enjoy antiquities, records and photographs relevant to Maidenhead and its historical background. Movie enthusiasts might well choose to head for the eight-screen Odeon cinema, whereas sporting fanatics might go and see Maidenhead United play football at their York Road ground, or even check out the Magnet Leisure Centre with its wonderful swimming pool and vast choice of activities and sports provided for the local community and visitors alike.

You could also visit: Maidenhead Steam Navigation Company, Bisham Woods, Riverside Gardens and Play Area, Odeon Multiplex Cinema, Stanley Spencer Gallery, Thames Valley Falconry Center, Langley Leisure Centre, Berkshire Paintball Park, Extreme Motion Skate Park, Bekonscot Model Village, Church Wood, Monkey Mates Play Centre, Bracknell Ice Skating, Cheeky Charlies Play Centre, Gleniffer Stables, Sector 7 Laser (Combat Gaming), Montem Leisure Centre, Windsor Castle, Whoosh Play Centre, Big Fun 4 Kids Indoor Playcentre, Thames Valley Adventure Playground, Odds Farm Park, Playtrain, Ray Mill Island, Museum of Berkshire Aviation, Windsor Leisure Centre, Savill Garden, Wycombe Museum, Pullingshill Wood, Skirmish Wycombe, Bracknell Ski Slope.

A selection of Maidenhead streets and roads: Ashton Place, Terrys Lane, Cookham Dean Bottom, The Moor, Beechwood Drive, Brownfield Gardens, Oldacres, Sylvester Road, Camperdown, Stratford Gardens, Oldfield Road, Barn Close, Calder Close, Forlease Road, River Road, Bridle Close, Lonsdale Way, Fernley Court, The Fairway, Groves Way, Ray Lea Close, Boulters Lane, Firs Lane, Harvest Hill Road, Westmorland Road, Castle Drive, Oak Stubbs Lane, Pondwood Lane, Tollgate, Stroud Farm Road, Boundary Road, The Hyde, Queensway, Radcot Close, Peters Lane, Castle Court, Smithfield Road, Thicket Grove, Longworth Drive, High Street, The Ridings, Australia Avenue, Foliejohn Way, Truro Close, Shergold Way, Arundel Close, Boulters Lock Island, St Margarets Road, Broadway, Huntercombe Lane North, Fawley Close.

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