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

Postcode: SL6

Dialling Code: 01628

Population: 78,000 (2011)

Maidenhead - A historical town with a history stretching back to early Saxon days, Maidenhead is located in the county of Berks in the Home Counties, within the Royal Borough of Windsor & Maidenhead approximately 40 kilometres from central London. Maidenhead has a population of around 78,000 and lies beside the River Thames. The town of Maidenhead is a considerable 'dormitory' suburb of London, but it is a nice locale for discovering the nearby countryside. The River Thames here is spanned by an eighteenth century road bridge together with a stunning railway bridge designed in 1838 by the remarkable engineer Isambard Kingdom Brunel, the railway bridge was the setting of Joseph Mallord Turner's painting 'Rain, Steam and Speed'. The River Thames at Maidenhead is additionally renowned for Boulter's Lock, a favourite boating rendezvous & beauty spot. West of Maidenhead is the Courage Shire Horse Centre, a place that the popular brewers Shire horses can be viewed, with a display on the historical past of the horses. In the town itself are almshouses dating from as far back as mid-seventeenth century. The Harry Reitlinger Bequest is an interesting collection of paintings, sculpture, pottery & glassware. Ray Mill Island is a public park, & the mill was later turned into a hotel. The famous National Trust run Cliveden looks down on the Thames in nearby Taplow.

Maidenhead Historical Past: The first settlement of Maidenhythe grew up around the river in Saxon times. The famous bridge across the Thames was built in around 1777 (for around £19,000), the initial wooden bridge, first erected in 1255 had a wharf built beside it and this is where the town is thought to have derived its current name (from 'New Wharf' or 'Maiden Hythe'). Soon after the constructing of this 1st bridge, Maidenhead grew to be an essential resting place for travellers on the route from Bath to London.

Maidenhead Bridge and River Thames - geograph.org.uk - 205285The railway service arrived at Maidenhead in 1838 (Great Western Railway) and a railway bridge was erected over the river to a design by the remarkable Isambard Kingdom Brunel. Through the 19th Century Maidenhead became a popular riverside destination for London's prosperous & affluent and the hotel alongside the riverbank became the hang-out of infamous playboys of those times. Following the coming of the railway Maidenhead expanded rather quickly and in 1894 it broke up from the parishes of Cookham and Bray, developing into a town in its own right.

Contemporary Maidenhead is in the heart of 'communter country' and its handy setting on the M4/A4 helps it be a key commercial centre for the area. While a great many commute from Maidenhead to The city of london and other big towns in the area, the town itself has some light industry and employs many in such industrial sectors as plastics, pharmaceuticals and computer software.

Maidenhead is well known for its soccer team Maidenhead United (called the Magpies) which plays at York Rd claimed to be one of the oldest football grounds in the world. Maidenhead United were formed in 1870 & were one of the first fifteen teams in the 1st F.A. Cup competition which took place in 1871-72.

Attractions Around Maidenhead: Undoubtedly one of the principle visitor attractions for those going to Maidenhead is undoubtedly the Thames itself, with its water related facilities, its natural splendor, its wildlife and its attractive riverside walks. If for no other purpose than this, Maidenhead is worthy of the trip. For those interested by the history of Maidenhead, the Maidenhead Heritage Centre and Museum is a must. There you'll find out about Maidenhead history since the time of the Romans along to modern times and view photos, artifacts and records relating to the town and its historical background. Film aficionados might well want to pop along to the eight-screen Odeon cinema, whilst sports addicts may go and watch Maidenhead United play football at their York Road ground, or alternatively go to the Magnet Leisure Centre enjoying its first class swimming pool and tremendous choice of sports and recreation activities available for the local community and visitors alike.

You could also visit: Thames Valley Falconry Center, Dinton Pastures Country Park, Monkey Mates Play Centre, Edwards Amusements, Jungle Mania (Bourne End), Old Thatch Gardens, Whoosh Play Centre, Waltham Place, Popes Meadow, Legoland Windsor, Gleniffer Stables, Windsor Great Park, Homefield Wood, Stanley Spencer Gallery, Riverside Gardens and Play Area, Windsor Leisure Centre, Slough Museum, Beeches, Snakes and Ladders at Slough, Cocksherd Bluebell Wood (Britwell), Playtrain, Ray Mill Island, Dorney Court, Bisham Woods, River and Rowing Museum, Berkshire Paintball Park, Wycombe Museum, Skirmish Wycombe, Braywick Nature Centre, Kidwells Park, Bracknell Ski Slope.

A selection of Maidenhead streets and roads: Strande Park, Bedwins Lane, West Street, Wilberforce Mews, Camley Park Drive, Groves Way, Court Drive, Boulters Lock Island, The Fieldings, The Glen, Edinburgh Road, Aysgarth Park, Forlease Close, Shirley Road, Fontwell Close, Ray Meadow, Islet Park Drive, Eskdale Gardens, Croxley Rise, The Switchback, Mapledurham Walk, Spencers Road, Pearce Road, Vicarage Road, Laxton Green, The Spens, Longworth Drive, Willow Drive, Hamilton Park, Alyson Court, Hill Side, Bottle Lane, Lower Boyndon Road, Hare Shoots, Maidenhead Road, Fairacre, The Hyde, Abell Gardens, The Pound, St Adrians Close, Avenue Road, Nursery Road, Castle Hill, Gordon Road, Badger Close, Approach Road, Highgrove Park, Ray Drive, Creden Close, Choke Lane, Oakhurst.

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