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Location: Berkshire (Berks), England, UK.

Postcode: SL6

Dialling Code: 01628

Population: 78,000 (2011)

Maidenhead - A historical town with a historic past harping back to far off Anglo-Saxon periods, Maidenhead is located in the county of Berkshire in the Home Counties, within the Royal Borough of Windsor & Maidenhead around 25 mls from the centre of London. Maidenhead has a populace of close to 78,000 occupants & stands on the banks of the River Thames. The town of Maidenhead is a large 'dormitory' suburb of the city of London, yet is a nice vicinity for exploring the nearby countryside. The Thames at this point is traversed by an eighteenth century road bridge & also a terrific railway bridge erected in eighteen thirty eight by the tremendous engineer Isambard Kingdom Brunel, the rail bridge is the setting for Turner's work 'Rain, Steam and Speed'. The Thames at Maidenhead is additionally well known for Boulter's Lock, a popular boating assembly point & beauty spot. To the west of Maidenhead is the Courage Shire Horse Centre, where the widely known brewers twelve Shire horses can be seen, together with a presentation on the the historical past of those horses. In Maidenhead town itself are almshouses dating from as long ago as the 17th century. The Harry Reitlinger Bequest is a great collection of sculpture, paintings, glassware and pottery. Ray Mill Island is a public garden, & the mill was later turned into a hotel. The acclaimed National Trust run Cliveden stands high above in neighbouring Taplow.

The Story of Maidenhead: The original settlement of Maiden Hythe developed beside the the Thames during Saxon times. The famed bridge across the River Thames was built in around 1777 (at a cost of £19,000), the original wooden bridge, first erected in 1255 had a wharf built next to it and this is where the town is presumed to have been named (from 'New Wharf' or 'Maiden Hythe'). Following the building of this first bridge, Maidenhead grew into an important resting place for travellers on the journey from Bath to London.

Maidenhead Bridge and River Thames - geograph.org.uk - 205285The train line found its way to Maidenhead in 1838 (Great Western Railway) & a rail bridge was erected over the Thames designed by the amazing Isambard Kingdom Brunel. Throughout the Nineteenth Century Maidenhead became a very popular riverside resort for London's affluent and prosperous & the hotel by the Thames became the haunt of famous playboys of those times. After the coming of the railway service the town expanded rather quickly & in 1894 it split up from the parishes of Cookham & Bray, turning into a town in its own right.

Contemporary Maidenhead is in the middle of 'communter country' & its ideal setting on the M4/A4 renders it a valuable centre for the region. While many travel from Maidenhead to The City & additional large towns in the area, Maidenhead itself has some light industry & provides jobs for many in such fields as pharmaceuticals, computer software and plastics.

Maidenhead is renowned for its soccer team Maidenhead United (nicknamed the Magpies) which plays at York Road among the oldest football pitches on the planet. Maidenhead United were established in 1870 and were one of the first 15 teams in the 1st F.A. Cup tournament held in 1871-72.

Maidenhead Tourist Attractions: Among the most popular sights for anyone going to Maidenhead is of course the River Thames itself, with its water related facilities, its natural charm, its wildlife and its lovely riverside walks. If for no other reason than this, Maidenhead is very well worth checking out. For any interested in the history of Maidenhead, the Maidenhead Heritage Centre and Museum is a must visit place. There you'll learn about Maidenhead history from the Roman times right up to the present day and enjoy records, photos and artefacts relevant to the town and its past. Movie enthusiasts might well just want to go to the eight-screen Odeon cinema, while sporting addicts could go and watch the local Maidenhead United play soccer at their York Road ground, or perhaps check out the Magnet Leisure Centre enjoying its excellent pool and tremendous array of recreation activities and sports available for the local people and visitors alike.

You could also visit: Big Fun 4 Kids Indoor Playcentre, Windsor Great Park, Braywick Nature Centre, Savill Garden, Thames Valley Adventure Playground, Snakes and Ladders at Slough, Old Thatch Gardens, Homefield Wood, Pullingshill Wood, Bracknell Ice Skating, Edwards Amusements, Monkey Mates Play Centre, Maidenhead Steam Navigation Company, Beeches, Waltham Place, Bisham Woods, Riverside Gardens and Play Area, Odeon Multiplex Cinema, Premier Karting, Windsor Castle, Ray Mill Island, Hobbs of Henley, Dorney Court, Extreme Motion Skate Park, Slough Ice Arena, Berkshire Paintball Park, Absolutely Karting, Thames Valley Falconry Center, Church Wood, Bekonscot Model Village, Skirmish Wycombe.

A selection of Maidenhead streets and roads: Cadwell Drive, Windsor Road, Minton Rise, Groves Way, Repton Close, Gloucester Road, Ferry End, Worster Road, Westwood Green, Cannon Lane, Brunel Road, Phipps Close, Abingdon Walk, Underhill Close, Gays Lane, Manor Road, Regal Court, Ockwells Road, White Paddock, Harvest Hill Road, Laggan Road, Long Lane, Glebe Road, Briar Dene, Queen Street, Denmark Street, Upper Bray Road, Lowbrook Drive, Craufurd Rise, Grenfell Avenue, Spencers Lane, Hamilton Park, Ashdown, St Margarets Road, Moor End, Welby Close, Dorney Reach Road, The Moor, Popes Lane, Belmont Park Road, Camperdown, Wessons Hill, Linden Avenue, Nursery Road, Camley Park Drive, Cumbria Close, Alwyn Road, Montrose Drive, The Spens, Blakeney Court, Woodlands Park Road.

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