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Location: Berkshire, England, United Kingdom.

Postcode: SL6

Dialling Code: 01628

Population: 78,000 (2011)

Maidenhead - An ancient town with a story harping back to early Saxon times, Maidenhead is situated in Berks (Berkshire) county in the Home Counties, in the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead roughly 40 km from the centre of London. The town has got a populace of about 78,000 & lies beside the River Thames. Maidenhead is a sizeable 'dormitory' suburb for London, however is a decent centre for checking out the lovely nearby countryside. The River Thames at this point is spanned by an eighteenth century road bridge plus a fine railway bridge built in the mid-1800's by the superb engineer Isambard Kingdom Brunel, the rail bridge was the inspiration for Joseph Turner's work 'Rain, Steam and Speed'. The Thames at Maidenhead is also famous for Boulter's Lock, a popular boating assembly point and beauty spot. To the west of Maidenhead is the Courage Shire Horse Centre, where the widely known brewery's 12 Shire horses can be viewed, plus a presentation on the background of the horses. In the town itself you can find almshouses dating from as far back as the 17th century. The Harry Reitlinger Bequest is an intriguing collection of sculpture, paintings, pottery and glassware. Ray Mill Island is a park, & the mill is now a hotel. The famed National Trust run Cliveden stands high above in nearby Taplow.

Maidenhead Historic Past: The initial settlement of Maidenhythe developed beside the the River Thames in the days of the Anglo-Saxons. The famous bridge across the River Thames was built in around 1777 (for around nineteen thousand pounds), the original bridge of wood construction, first put up in 1255 had a wharf built alongside it and it is from this that the town is considered to have derived its current name (taken from 'New Wharf' or 'Maiden Hythe'). After the establishing of this first bridge, Maidenhead evolved into a significant resting place for travellers on the route from Bath to London.

Maidenhead Bridge and River Thames - geograph.org.uk - 205285The train arrived in Maidenhead in 1838 (Great Western Railway) and a railway bridge was constructed over the River Thames designed by the great Isambard Kingdom Brunel. Throughout the Nineteenth Century Maidenhead developed into popular riverside resort for the affluent and prosperous of London and the hotel adjacent to the riverbank became the haunt of notorious playboys of the time. Soon after the arrival of the railway service Maidenhead grew swiftly and in 1894 it split from the parishes of Bray and Cookham, becoming a town in its own right.

Contemporary Maidenhead is in the centre of 'communter country' & its ideal location on the M4/A4 makes it a critical centre for the region. While a good many travel from Maidenhead to London and various other major towns in the region, Maidenhead itself has a certain amount of light industry & employs many in such fields as pharmaceuticals, plastics & computer software.

Maidenhead is famous for its football team Maidenhead United (nicknamed the Magpies) which plays at York Road recognized as one of the oldest grounds on the globe. Maidenhead United were established in 1870 & were one of the original fifteen competitors in the first F.A. Cup competition held in 1871-72.

Places to Visit in and Near Maidenhead: Amongst the key visitor attractions for those visiting Maidenhead is definitely the Thames itself, with its boating, its natural charm, its flora and fauna and its appealing riverside walks. If for no other reason than that, Maidenhead is well worth a look. For anyone looking into the history of Maidenhead, the Maidenhead Heritage Centre and Museum is a must. There you'll learn about Maidenhead history from Roman days up to modern times and see documents, artifacts and photographs related to Maidenhead and its history. Film devotees might well just want to head to the 8-screen Odeon multiplex cinema, while sporting fans may go to watch the local Maidenhead United play football at their York Road ground, or perhaps visit the Magnet Leisure Centre using its wonderful swimming pool and enormous variety of recreation activities and sports provided for the local community and visitors alike.

You could also visit: Bracknell Leisure Centre, Longridge Activity Centre (Marlow), Thames Valley Adventure Playground, Windsor Castle, Bracknell Ice Skating, Bisham Woods, Braywick Nature Centre, Savill Garden, Museum of Berkshire Aviation, Windsor Great Park, Old Thatch Gardens, Legoland Windsor, Waltham Place, Black Park, Dorney Court, Tenpin Maidenhead (Tenpin Bowling), Bracknell Ski Slope, Dinton Pastures Country Park, Kidwells Park, Pullingshill Wood, Popes Meadow, Maidenhead Steam Navigation Company, Windsor Leisure Centre, Wycombe Museum, Wayside Stables, Berkshire Paintball Park, Snakes and Ladders at Slough, Absolutely Karting, Slough Museum, Jungle Mania (Bourne End), Extreme Motion Skate Park.

A selection of Maidenhead streets and roads: Ellington Gardens, Gays Lane, North Town Road, Beaufort Place, Forlease Drive, Green Lane, Belmont Park Road, Harcourt Close, Bramble Drive, Shergold Way, Beech Close, Connaught Close, Highway Road, Crescent Drive, Bramley Close, River Gardens, Providence Place, Winter Hill Road, Castle Hill Terrace, Roxborough Way, Nightingale Place, Cadogan Close, Courthouse Road, Norden Road, Bridge Road, Garden Close, Beverley Gardens, Smithfield Road, Chauntry Mews, Cope Court, Denham Close, Moorbridge Road, Hare Shoots, Ray Mill Road East, Butchers Lane, The Croft, Thames Crescent, Whurley Way, Hasting Close, North Town Mead, Abell Gardens, Ribstone Road, Brock Lane, Foliejohn Way, College Glen, Taplow Road, Lower Cookham Road, Hag Hill Lane, Wellhouse Road, Deerswood, The Points.

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