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Location: Berkshire, Home Counties, England, UK.

Postcode: SL6

Dialling Code: 01628

Population: 78,000 (2011)

Maidenhead - An old town with a historical past stretching back to far off Saxon times, Maidenhead is found in Berkshire (Berks) county in the Home Counties, in the Royal Borough of Windsor & Maidenhead around 40 km from the City of London. It has a population of close to 78,000 inhabitants and stands on the River Thames. Maidenhead is a big 'dormitory' suburb of the city of London, but it is a decent centre for checking out the attractive nearby countryside. The Thames here is spanned by an 18th century road bridge along with a stunning railway bridge built in the mid-1800's by the fabulous engineer Isambard Kingdom Brunel, the railway bridge was the inspiration for J M W Turner's painting 'Rain, Steam & Speed'. The Thames at Maidenhead is also noted for Boulter's Lock, a favorite boating meeting place and beauty spot. To the west of Maidenhead is the Courage Shire Horse Centre, a place that the famous brewery's Shire horses can be viewed, accompanied by a presentation on the background of those horses. In the town itself you can view almshouses dating from the mid-17th century. The Harry Reitlinger Bequest is a great collection of sculpture, paintings, glassware & pottery. Ray Mill Island is a public park, & the mill was later turned into a hotel. The well known National Trust house of Cliveden looks down on the river in neighbouring Taplow.

The History of Maidenhead: The original settlement of Maiden Hythe grew up by the river during the times of the Saxons. The celebrated bridge across the Thames was constructed in about 1777 (for around nineteen thousand pounds), the initial wooden bridge, first put up in 1255 had a wharf beside it & this is where the town is understood to have been named (taken from 'New Wharf' or 'Maiden Hythe'). After the establishment of this first bridge, Maidenhead became a vital stopping point for travellers making the route from Bath to London.

Maidenhead Bridge and River Thames - geograph.org.uk - 205285The train arrived at Maidenhead in 1838 (Great Western Railway) & a railway bridge was erected over the River Thames to a design by the exceptional Isambard Kingdom Brunel. Over the 19th Century Maidenhead evolved into popular riverside resort for London's wealthy & affluent and the hotel adjacent to the riverbank became the haunt of notorious playboys of the day. Soon after the coming of the railway service Maidenhead grew pretty quickly & in 1894 it broke up from the parishes of Bray & Cookham, turning into a town in its own right.

Modern day Maidenhead is in the centre of 'communter country' & its key setting on the A4/ M4 renders it a major commercial centre for the area. Although many commute from Maidenhead to The city of london & some other large towns in the area, the town itself has a bit of light industry and provides jobs for many workers in such market sectors as pharmaceuticals, plastics and computer software.

Maidenhead is well known for its football team Maidenhead United (called the Magpies) which plays at York Road claimed to be one of the oldest football pitches on the globe. Maidenhead United were established in eighteen seventy and were one of the first fifteen teams in the first F.A. Cup competition held in 1871-72.

Maidenhead Things to Do: Among the key tourist attractions for people going to Maidenhead is for sure the Thames itself, with its water related facilities, its natural beauty, its flora and fauna and its breathtaking riverside walks. If no justification other than that, Maidenhead is seriously worth a visit. For the people interested in the history of Maidenhead, the Maidenhead Heritage Centre and Museum is a must. There you'll find out about Maidenhead history from the Roman times along to the present and enjoy relics, photographs and records relating to the town and its background. Movie addicts might well want to go to the 8-screen Odeon multiplex cinema, while sporting fanatics might go and watch Maidenhead United play soccer at their York Road ground, or even check out the Magnet Leisure Centre with its excellent swimming pool and amazing array of sports and activities available for the local community and visitors alike.

You could also visit: Longridge Activity Centre (Marlow), Bisham Woods, Cheeky Charlies Play Centre, Windsor Leisure Centre, E J Churchill Shooting Ground, Riverside Gardens and Play Area, Berkshire Paintball Park, Sector 7 Laser (Combat Gaming), Whoosh Play Centre, Slough Museum, Dinton Pastures Country Park, Bracknell Ski Slope, Beeches, Homefield Wood, Maidenhead Steam Navigation Company, Premier Karting, Braywick Nature Centre, Kidwells Park, Odeon Multiplex Cinema, Ray Mill Island, Bekonscot Model Village, Skirmish Wycombe, Pullingshill Wood, Snakes and Ladders at Slough, Big Fun 4 Kids Indoor Playcentre, Old Thatch Gardens, Absolutely Karting, Dorney Court, Museum of Berkshire Aviation, Jungle Mania (Bourne End), Extreme Motion Skate Park.

A selection of Maidenhead streets and roads: Lassell Gardens, Tithe Close, Archer Close, Wavell Road, Sandisplatt Road, The Moor, Avondale, Station Hill, Pearce Close, Spring Close, Winter Hill, Vicarage Road, Brownfield Gardens, Strande Lane, Audley Drive, Cherry Garden Lane, Rolls Lane, Hill Farm Road, Spring Lane, Eskdale Gardens, Graham Close, Holly Drive, Clarefield Drive, Hungerford Drive, Penshurst Road, Bloomfield Road, Barrs Road, Choke Lane, North Dean, Fullbrook Close, Westborough Road, North Star Lane, Bridle Close, Ledger Lane, Lincoln Road, Moorlands Drive, The Ridings, Cedar Chase, The Fieldings, Killarney Drive, Shepherds Close, Bridge Street, Melton Court, Glebe Road, Braybank, Prince Andrew Close, Marsh Lane, Blackamoor Lane, Havelock Road, In The Ray, Averil Court.

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