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

Postcode: SL6

Dialling Code: 01628

Population: 78,000 (2011)

Maidenhead - An ancient town with a story harping back to early Anglo-Saxon days, Maidenhead is found in the county of Berks in the Home Counties, within the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead approximately 40 km from the centre of London. It has a population of roughly seventy eight thousand and lies beside the River Thames. The town of Maidenhead is a sizeable 'dormitory' suburb of London, and yet is still a great place for checking out the nearby countryside. The Thames here is crossed by an 18th century road bridge together with a superb railway bridge built in the mid-nineteenth century by the distinguished engineer Isambard Kingdom Brunel, the railway bridge is the subject of Joseph Turner's painting 'Rain, Steam and Speed'. The river at Maidenhead is also well known for Boulter's Lock, a popular boating assembly point & beauty spot. West of the town you will find the Courage Shire Horse Centre, a place that the renowned brewers twelve Shire horses can be seen, together with a presentation on the story of those horses. In Maidenhead town itself you can find almshouses dating from 1659. The Harry Reitlinger Bequest is a fascinating collection of sculpture, paintings, glassware and pottery. Ray Mill Island is a park, & the mill was later turned into a hotel. The famed house of Cliveden stands high above in nearby Taplow.

The Historical Past of Maidenhead: The former settlement of Maiden Hythe evolved beside the river during Saxon times. The famed bridge across the river was built in about 1777 (at a cost of nineteen thousand pounds), the initial wooden bridge, first built in 1255 had a wharf adjacent to it and this is from where the town is deemed to have got its name (taken from 'New Wharf' or 'Maiden Hythe'). After the establishing of this first bridge, Maidenhead got to be an excellent stopping off point for travellers making the journey from Bath to London.

Maidenhead Bridge and River Thames - geograph.org.uk - 205285The railway line came to Maidenhead in 1838 (Great Western Railway) & a railway bridge was erected over the River Thames designed by the incredible Isambard Kingdom Brunel. Over the 19th Century Maidenhead became a popular riverside resort for London's rich and wealthy & the hotel on the Thames came to be the hang-out of famous playboys of that time. Following the coming of the railway line the town grew fairly quickly & in 1894 it split from the parishes of Cookham & Bray, turning into a town in its own right.

Twenty-first century Maidenhead is in the midst of 'communter country' & its key location on the M4/A4 renders it a major centre for the area. Although many travel from Maidenhead to Central london and additional large towns in the area, Maidenhead itself has a reasonable amount of light industry and provides jobs for many people in such fields as computer software, plastics and pharmaceuticals.

Maidenhead is known in sporting circles for its football team Maidenhead United (called the Magpies) which plays at York Rd recognized as one of the oldest football grounds in the world. Maidenhead United were formed in 1870 & were one of the original fifteen entrants in the first F.A. Cup competition which took place in 1871-72.

Things to Do in Maidenhead: One of the most popular sights for folks visiting Maidenhead is naturally the Thames itself, with its boating facilities, its natural splendor, its flora and fauna and its lovely riverside walks. If no reason other than this, Maidenhead is truly worth a visit. For people interested in the history of Maidenhead, the Maidenhead Heritage Centre and Museum is a must. Here you can find out about Maidenhead history from Roman days along to the present and enjoy photos, written documents and artifacts relating to Maidenhead and its historic past. Film addicts might well want to pop along to the 8-screen Odeon multiplex cinema, whilst sports addicts could go to watch the local Maidenhead United play football at their York Road ground, or go to the Magnet Leisure Centre with its wonderful pool and tremendous selection of recreation activities and sports available for the local community and visitors alike.

You could also visit: Popes Meadow, Legoland Windsor, Odds Farm Park, Odeon Multiplex Cinema, Ray Mill Island, Stanley Spencer Gallery, Bisham Woods, Riverside Gardens and Play Area, Edwards Amusements, Windsor Great Park, Hobbs of Henley, Bracknell Ski Slope, Savill Garden, Bekonscot Model Village, Maidenhead Steam Navigation Company, Wayside Stables, Snakes and Ladders at Slough, River and Rowing Museum, Whoosh Play Centre, Windsor Leisure Centre, Gleniffer Stables, Slough Museum, Playtrain, Monkey Mates Play Centre, Kidwells Park, Thames Valley Adventure Playground, Homefield Wood, Slough Ice Arena, Dorney Court, Extreme Motion Skate Park, Church Wood.

A selection of Maidenhead streets and roads: Widbrook Road, Moor End, Bradcutts Lane, Hillcrest Avenue, Belmont Crescent, Priors Way, Marlborough Road, Lock Avenue, Millennium Court, High Road, Hobbis Drive, Black Boy Lane, Altwood Bailey, College Rise, Athlone Close, Nursery Road, Lovett Gardens, Pearce Drive, Gardner Road, Roxborough Way, Homestead Road, Cheviot Close, Highgrove Park, North Town Mead, Broomhill, North Road, Winter Hill Road, Station Parade, Forest Green Road, Hindhay Lane, Cliveden Estate, Melton Court, Forlease Road, Hatfield Close, Smithfield Road, Innings Lane, Denham Close, St Margarets Road, Rochford Way, Edinburgh Road, The Binghams, St Lukes Road, Kent Way, Grange Lane, Switchback Close, Alexandra Road, Hurley Lane, Auckland Close, Arundel Close, Gordon Road, Golden Ball Lane.

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