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Location: Berkshire, Home Counties, 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 periods, Maidenhead is situated in Berks (Berkshire) county in the Home Counties, within the Royal Borough of Windsor & Maidenhead around forty kilometres from London's centre. The town of Maidenhead has got a populace of around seventy eight thousand and sits on the banks of the River Thames. The town of Maidenhead is a big 'dormitory' suburb of the city of London, but it is a great centre for discovering the nearby countryside. The Thames here is spanned by an 18th century road bridge and a fine railway bridge erected in the mid-nineteenth century by the clever engineer Isambard Kingdom Brunel, the rail bridge is the setting of Joseph Turner's painting 'Rain, Steam & Speed'. The River Thames at Maidenhead is in addition noted for Boulter's Lock, a popular boating meeting place & beauty spot. To the west of the town you will find the Courage Shire Horse Centre, where the renowned brewers twelve Shire horses can be viewed, plus a display on the heritage of the horses. In the town itself you can observe almshouses dating from the mid-17th century. The Harry Reitlinger Bequest is a noteworthy collection of paintings, sculpture, glassware and pottery. Ray Mill Island is a public park, and the mill is now a hotel. The renowned National Trust run Cliveden looks down on the Thames in nearby Taplow.

Maidenhead Historic Past: The first settlement of Maidenhythe started beside the the River Thames in Anglo-Saxon times. The well known bridge across the Thames was built in about 1777 (at a cost of nineteen thousand pounds), the original wooden bridge, first put up in 1255 had a wharf built next to it & it is from this that the town is thought to have got its name (from 'New Wharf' or 'Maiden Hythe'). After the establishing of this 1st bridge, Maidenhead slowly became a critical stopping off place for travellers making the route from London to Bath.

Maidenhead Bridge and River Thames - geograph.org.uk - 205285The train service arrived in Maidenhead in 1838 (Great Western Railway) and a rail bridge was erected over the River Thames designed by the great Isambard Kingdom Brunel. During the 19th Century Maidenhead evolved into very popular riverside destination for the prosperous and rich of London & the hotel beside the riverbank came to be the hang-out of well known playboys of that time. After the arrival of the railway service Maidenhead grew quickly and in 1894 it split up from the parishes of Bray & Cookham, developing into a town in its own right.

Contemporary Maidenhead is in the midst of 'communter country' & its strategic setting on the M4/A4 makes it a vital centre for the region. While a good many commute from Maidenhead to Central london & other big towns in the area, the town itself has a certain amount of light industry and employs many in such fields as plastics, pharmaceuticals and computer software.

Maidenhead is renowned for its football team Maidenhead United (called the Magpies) who play at York Rd among the oldest football grounds on the globe. Maidenhead United were formed in eighteen seventy & were one of the first 15 entries in the very first F.A. Cup tournament which took place in 1871-72.

Maidenhead Attractions: Certainly one of the principal points of interest for those visiting Maidenhead is naturally the Thames itself, with its boating facilities, its natural splendor, its wildlife and its fantastic riverside walks. If for no other purpose than this, Maidenhead is very well worth a visit. For everyone enthusiastic about the history of Maidenhead, the Maidenhead Heritage Centre and Museum is a must visit place. There you can learn about Maidenhead history since the Roman era up to the present and look at artefacts, photographs and written documents pertaining to the town and its historical background. Movie enthusiasts might well wish to pop along to the 8-screen Odeon cinema, whilst sporting addicts may go and watch Maidenhead United play soccer at their York Road ground, or alternatively check out the Magnet Leisure Centre with its outstanding swimming pool and vast choice of sports and activities available for the local people and visitors alike.

You could also visit: Black Park, Longridge Activity Centre (Marlow), Extreme Motion Skate Park, Waltham Place, Playtrain, Dorney Court, Edwards Amusements, Absolutely Karting, Wycombe Museum, Jungle Mania (Bourne End), Cheeky Charlies Play Centre, Bracknell Leisure Centre, Windsor Leisure Centre, Bekonscot Model Village, Slough Museum, E J Churchill Shooting Ground, Bracknell Ice Skating, Savill Garden, Hobbs of Henley, Legoland Windsor, River and Rowing Museum, Slough Ice Arena, Snakes and Ladders at Slough, Skirmish Wycombe, Tenpin Maidenhead (Tenpin Bowling), Maidenhead Steam Navigation Company, Old Thatch Gardens, Kidwells Park, Popes Meadow, Cliveden Gardens and Maze, Windsor Castle.

A selection of Maidenhead streets and roads: Boulters Gardens, Church Lane, Shirley Road, Furze Road, Hag Hill Lane, White Acres Drive, St Peters Road, Hatfield Close, Switchback Road South, Victor Close, Wellington Road, Wavell Road, Crescent Drive, Lincoln Road, Sycamore Close, Woodlands Park Avenue, Elm Grove, Bridle Road, Horton Close, Lexington Avenue, Culham Drive, Hill Side, Coln Close, Westbrook, Spencers Lane, Cherwell Close, Cannon Court Road, Summerleaze Road, Whitchurch Close, Brookdene Close, Knowsley Close, Salters Close, Turpins Green, Halifax Close, Castle Mews, Woodfield Drive, Berkeley Close, Beaumont Close, The Ridings, Pelham Court, Grubwood Lane, Craufurd Rise, Salters Road, Burchetts Green Road, Auckland Close, Woodlands Park Road, Underhill Close, Whyteladyes Lane, Bigfrith Lane, Tithe Close, St Davids Close.

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