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Location: Berkshire, England, United Kingdom.

Postcode: SL6

Dialling Code: 01628

Population: 78,000 (2011)

Maidenhead - A historic town with a history stretching back to early Saxon days, Maidenhead is situated in Berks (Berkshire) county in the Home Counties, within the Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead about forty kilometres from central London. The town has a resident population of roughly 78,000 & lies beside the River Thames. The town of Maidenhead is a good sized 'dormitory' suburb of the city of London, although is still a pleasant centre for discovering the gorgeous nearby countryside. The River Thames here is spanned by an eighteenth century road bridge as well as a stunning railway bridge erected in the mid-1800's by the extraordinary engineer Isambard Kingdom Brunel, the railway bridge was the inspiration for Joseph Turner's work 'Rain, Steam & Speed'. The River Thames at Maidenhead is additionally famous for Boulter's Lock, a well-liked boating meeting place and beauty spot. Found to the west of Maidenhead you will find the Courage Shire Horse Centre, where the famous brewery's 12 Shire horses can be seen, together with a display on the the historical past of the horses. In the town itself are almshouses dating from the mid-17th century. The Harry Reitlinger Bequest is an interesting collection of paintings, sculpture, glassware & pottery. Ray Mill Island is a park, and the mill is now a hotel. The widley known Italianate mansion Cliveden looks down on the river in nearby Taplow.

The Historical Past of Maidenhead: The initial settlement of Maiden Hythe grew up around the the River Thames in Saxon times. The famous bridge across the river was built in around 1777 (for around nineteen thousand pounds), the original wooden bridge, first put up in 1255 had a wharf beside it and this is where the town is understood to have got its name (taken from 'New Wharf' or 'Maiden Hythe'). Soon after the erection of this first bridge, Maidenhead slowly became an important resting place for travellers taking the journey from Bath to London.

Maidenhead Bridge and River Thames - geograph.org.uk - 205285The train found its way to Maidenhead in 1838 (Great Western Railway) and a rail bridge was constructed over the river designed by the amazing Isambard Kingdom Brunel. In the Nineteenth Century Maidenhead became a highly popular riverside destination for London's wealthy & affluent & the hotel adjacent to the river came to be the haunt of notorious playboys of the day. Soon after the coming of the railway service Maidenhead expanded dramatically & in 1894 it broke up from the parishes of Cookham and Bray, to become a town in its own right.

Modern day Maidenhead is in the midst of 'communter country' & its key location on the M4/A4 makes it a significant commercial centre for the area. Although many travel from Maidenhead to The city of london and some other major towns in the area, the town itself has a bit of light industry and provides jobs for many workers in such sectors as plastics, pharmaceuticals & computer software.

Maidenhead is respected for its soccer team Maidenhead United (called the Magpies) which plays at York Rd claimed to be one of the oldest football pitches on the globe. Maidenhead United were established in eighteen seventy & were one of the first fifteen entries in the first F.A. Cup tournament held in 1871-72.

Places of Interest in Maidenhead: Undoubtedly one of the most recognized points of interest for anyone visiting Maidenhead is undoubtedly the Thames itself, with its boating, its natural splendor, its flora and fauna and its stunning riverside walks. If no justification other than this, the town is really worth checking out. For everybody enthusiastic about the history of Maidenhead, the Maidenhead Heritage Centre and Museum is a must. There you'll find out about Maidenhead history since the times of the Romans along to modern times and view documents, artifacts and photos related to the town and its background. Movie devotees might well just want to pop along to the 8-screen Odeon cinema, while sports fanatics might go and watch the local Maidenhead United play football at their York Road stadium, or visit the Magnet Leisure Centre enjoying its outstanding swimming pool and enormous selection of sports and recreation activities available for the local community and visitors alike.

You could also visit: Odds Farm Park, Wayside Stables, Berkshire Paintball Park, Museum of Berkshire Aviation, Big Fun 4 Kids Indoor Playcentre, Windsor Great Park, Windsor Castle, Skirmish Wycombe, Langley Leisure Centre, Cheeky Charlies Play Centre, Savill Garden, Wycombe Museum, Extreme Motion Skate Park, Bracknell Ski Slope, Pullingshill Wood, Kidwells Park, River and Rowing Museum, Legoland Windsor, Church Wood, Jungle Mania (Bourne End), Absolutely Karting, Bisham Woods, Homefield Wood, Braywick Nature Centre, Black Park, Bracknell Leisure Centre, Cliveden Gardens and Maze, Waltham Place, Premier Karting, Whoosh Play Centre, Slough Ice Arena.

A selection of Maidenhead streets and roads: Holmwood Close, Curls Road, Oldfield View, North Town Mead, Oak Stubbs Lane, Applecroft, Cleveland Close, Station Road, Blackbird Lane, Lillibrooke Crescent, Court Close, Green Leys, Maidenhead Road, Kelsey Close, Revesby Close, Approach Road, Dean Lane, Swanbrook Court, Westmead, Havelock Crescent, Old Mill Lane, Mallow Park, Bridge Street, Dunholme End, Warwick Close, Castle Drive, Smithfield Close, Shottesbrooke Park, Buffins, Kidwells Close, Aysgarth Park, Pheasants Croft, Albert Street, Evenlode, Archer Close, Grange Lane, Odney Lane, Coronation Road, Heywood Avenue, Newbury Drive, Cadogan Close, Altwood Close, Honey Lane, Griffin Close, Hills Lane, Grafton Close, Hedsor Park, Purssell Close, Farmers Way, Wootton Way, Wakelins End.

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