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

Postcode: SL6

Dialling Code: 01628

Population: 78,000 (2011)

Maidenhead - An old town with a story stretching back to early Saxon times, Maidenhead is located in Berks county in the Home Counties, within the Borough of Windsor & Maidenhead approximately twenty five mls from the City of London. Maidenhead has got a populace of roughly 78,000 inhabitants & stands on the banks of the River Thames. Maidenhead is a substantial 'dormitory' suburb of the city of London, but is still a useful spot for exploring the excellent nearby countryside. The River Thames at this point is traversed by an eighteenth century road bridge together with a terrific railway bridge built in 1838 by the fantastic engineer Isambard Kingdom Brunel, the rail bridge is the inspiration for Joseph Mallord Turner's work 'Rain, Steam & Speed'. The river at Maidenhead is additionally known for Boulter's Lock, a favorite boating assembly point and beauty spot. Found to the west of Maidenhead you will find the Courage Shire Horse Centre, a place that the well known brewery's twelve Shire horses can be viewed, with a display on the the historical past of the horses. In the town itself are almshouses dating from as far back as 1659. The Harry Reitlinger Bequest is an intriguing collection of paintings, sculpture, pottery and glassware. Ray Mill Island is a public garden, & the mill later became a hotel. The renowned Italianate mansion Cliveden looks down on the Thames in neighbouring Taplow.

The Story of Maidenhead: The initial settlement of Maidenhythe grew up by the the River Thames in the times of the Anglo-Saxons. The famed bridge across the river was made in about 1777 (at a cost of nineteen thousand pounds), the original wooden bridge, first built in 1255 had a wharf adjacent to it & this is where the town is considered to have got its name (taken from 'New Wharf' or 'Maiden Hythe'). Soon after the erection of this first bridge, Maidenhead started to be a vital resting place for travellers making the route from London to Bath.

Maidenhead Bridge and River Thames - geograph.org.uk - 205285The train line arrived in Maidenhead in 1838 (Great Western Railway) and a rail bridge was built over the River Thames designed by the great Isambard Kingdom Brunel. Over the Nineteenth Century Maidenhead became a very popular riverside destination for the wealthy and rich of London & the hotel alongside the Thames became the haunt of notorious playboys of the time. Following the arrival of the railway Maidenhead grew very quickly and in 1894 it separated from the parishes of Bray & Cookham, turning into a town in its own right.

Today's Maidenhead is in the midst of 'communter country' & its ideal setting on the M4/A4 makes it a critical commercial centre for the region. While many commute from Maidenhead to The City and other large towns in the area, Maidenhead itself has a bit of light industry and provides jobs for many people in such fields as pharmaceuticals, computer software and plastics.

Maidenhead is famous for its soccer team Maidenhead United (referred to as the Magpies) who play at York Rd among the oldest football pitches on the planet. Maidenhead United were formed in eighteen seventy & were one of the first 15 entrants in the very first F.A. Cup tournament held in 1871-72.

Things to Do in Maidenhead: One of the most popular tourist attractions for individuals going to Maidenhead is as expected the Thames itself, with its boating, its natural splendor, its flora and fauna and its stunning riverside walks. If for no other justification than that, Maidenhead is really worth a look. For everybody interested in the history of Maidenhead, the Maidenhead Heritage Centre and Museum could be the first port of call. Here you can find out about Maidenhead history since the Roman times up to modern times and view photos, artifacts and written documents pertaining to Maidenhead and its story. Film fans might well want to head for the 8-screen Odeon multiplex cinema, while sports fans might go to see the local Maidenhead United play football at their York Road ground, or maybe visit the Magnet Leisure Centre enjoying its first class pool and vast range of sports and recreation activities available for the local community and visitors alike.

You could also visit: Thames Valley Falconry Center, Black Park, Cliveden Gardens and Maze, Bracknell Ski Slope, Church Wood, E J Churchill Shooting Ground, Cheeky Charlies Play Centre, Ray Mill Island, Tenpin Maidenhead (Tenpin Bowling), Maidenhead Steam Navigation Company, Extreme Motion Skate Park, Beeches, Thames Valley Adventure Playground, Popes Meadow, Stanley Spencer Gallery, Old Thatch Gardens, Windsor Castle, Legoland Windsor, Montem Leisure Centre, Dorney Court, Dinton Pastures Country Park, Windsor Leisure Centre, Hobbs of Henley, Savill Garden, Bekonscot Model Village, Snakes and Ladders at Slough, Longridge Activity Centre (Marlow), River and Rowing Museum, Waltham Place, Berkshire Paintball Park, Monkey Mates Play Centre.

A selection of Maidenhead streets and roads: The Pound, Stonefield Park, Russet Road, Woodlands Park Avenue, Edith Road, Eskdale Gardens, Barnfield Close, Moffy Hill, Henley Road, Sadlers Mews, Treesmill Drive, Montrose Drive, Castle Hill, Hambleden Walk, Worcester Close, Boyn Hill Road, Greenways Drive, Bettoney Vere, Smithfield Road, Denmark Street, Conway Road, Windmill Road, Boulters Lane, Michael Close, Vanwall Road, Maidenhead Court Park, Old Marsh Lane, St Marks Crescent, Alston Gardens, Norden Close, Boulters Close, Bigfrith Lane, Dorney Reach Road, Heathlands Drive, Laxton Green, Ray Mill Road East, Bath Road, Griffin Close, Bakers Lane, Meadow Way, Swanbrook Court, Rolls Lane, Canon Hill Way, Roman Lea, Donnington Gardens, Westwood Green, Hurley Lane, Lovelace Close, Altwood Close, Cookham Road, Chauntry Close.

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