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Location: Berkshire (Berks), England, United Kingdom.

Postcode: SL6

Dialling Code: 01628

Population: 78,000 (2011)

Maidenhead - An ancient town with a historical past harping back to far off Anglo-Saxon periods, Maidenhead lies in the county of Berkshire (Berks) in the Home Counties, within the Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead approximately twenty five miles from London's centre. The town of Maidenhead has a resident population of approximately 78,000 occupants and lies on the River Thames. It is a major 'dormitory' suburb of the city of London, nevertheless is still a useful centre for checking out the nearby countryside. The Thames here is crossed by an 18th century road bridge plus a fine railway bridge built in the mid-nineteenth century by the brilliant engineer Isambard Kingdom Brunel, the rail bridge is the subject of Joseph Turner's painting '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 the town is the Courage Shire Horse Centre, where the renowned brewers twelve Shire horses can be seen, with a presentation on the the historical past of those horses. In Maidenhead town itself you will find almshouses dating from 1659. The Harry Reitlinger Bequest is an intriguing collection of paintings, sculpture, pottery & glassware. Ray Mill Island is a public park, and the mill later became a hotel. The acclaimed National Trust house of Cliveden stands high above in nearby Taplow.

Maidenhead Historical Past: The former settlement of Maiden Hythe evolved by the river in Anglo-Saxon times. The well known bridge across the river was made in around 1777 (at a cost of £19,000), the original wooden bridge, first built in 1255 had a wharf alongside it & this is where the town is thought to have derived its current name (taken from 'New Wharf' or 'Maiden Hythe'). Soon after the construction of this first bridge, Maidenhead grew to be an important stopping point for travellers making the journey from London to Bath.

Maidenhead Bridge and River Thames - geograph.org.uk - 205285The train came to Maidenhead in 1838 (Great Western Railway) & a railway bridge was constructed over the River Thames designed by the incredible Isambard Kingdom Brunel. During the 19th Century Maidenhead became a highly popular riverside destination for the wealthy & affluent of London and the hotel beside the Thames came to be the haunt of well known playboys of the time. After the arrival of the railway line the town expanded rapidly and in 1894 it split from the parishes of Bray & Cookham, transforming into a town in its own right.

Current day Maidenhead is in the heart of 'communter country' and its key location on the A4/ M4 renders it an important centre for the area. Even though many commute from Maidenhead to The City and some other major towns in the region, the town itself has a reasonable amount of light industry & provides jobs for many in such sectors as plastics, computer software & pharmaceuticals.

Maidenhead is known in sports circles for its football team Maidenhead United (nicknamed the Magpies) who play at York Road claimed to be one of the oldest football pitches in the world. Maidenhead United were formed in eighteen seventy & were one of the original 15 entrants in the very first F.A. Cup competition which took place in 1871-72.

Attractions in and Near Maidenhead: Among the principal sights for individuals going to Maidenhead is as expected the Thames itself, with its boating, its natural beauty, its wildlife and its appealing riverside walks. If for no other reason than that, Maidenhead is very well worth a visit. For everyone very much interested in the history of Maidenhead, the Maidenhead Heritage Centre and Museum is a must. There you can find out about Maidenhead history since the days of the Romans right up to modern times and view relics, records and photographs pertaining to the town and its background. Film aficionados might well choose to head for the 8-screen Odeon cinema, whilst sports fans might go and see Maidenhead United play soccer at their York Road stadium, or possibly visit the Magnet Leisure Centre enjoying its terrific swimming pool and huge selection of recreation activities and sports available for the local community and visitors alike.

You could also visit: Cocksherd Bluebell Wood (Britwell), Bisham Woods, Thames Valley Falconry Center, Beeches, Windsor Leisure Centre, Gleniffer Stables, Longridge Activity Centre (Marlow), Homefield Wood, Wycombe Museum, Bekonscot Model Village, Ray Mill Island, Cliveden Gardens and Maze, Absolutely Karting, Stanley Spencer Gallery, Premier Karting, Black Park, Sector 7 Laser (Combat Gaming), Bracknell Leisure Centre, Wayside Stables, Edwards Amusements, Legoland Windsor, E J Churchill Shooting Ground, Langley Leisure Centre, Big Fun 4 Kids Indoor Playcentre, Thames Valley Adventure Playground, Monkey Mates Play Centre, Tenpin Maidenhead (Tenpin Bowling), Extreme Motion Skate Park, Slough Ice Arena, Popes Meadow, Windsor Great Park.

A selection of Maidenhead streets and roads: Stamford Road, Huntswood Lane, Westacott Way, Harrow Lane, Church Close, Boyn Hill Avenue, Shifford Crescent, Sheepcote Lane, Bell Street, Rolls Lane, Penshurst Road, Connaught Close, Fane Way, In The Ray, Lowbrook Drive, Green Lane, Thames Crescent, Conway Road, Ebsworth Close, Yew Tree Close, All Saints Avenue, Lakeside, Greenfields, Challow Court, Priors Way, Stirling Grove, Harcourt Close, Gardner House, Hall Place Lane, Golden Ball Lane, Worster Road, Collier Close, Bigfrith Lane, Avondale, Ye Meads, Spring Close, Griffin Close, Rutland Place, Albert Street, Cannon Court Road, Hearne Drive, Dorchester Close, Malvern Road, Islet Park Drive, Cheniston Grove, Farm Close, Heywood Gardens, Longleat Gardens, Islet Park, The Chase, Westborough Court.

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