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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 going back to far off Saxon days, Maidenhead is found in Berks (Berkshire) county in the Home Counties, within the Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead about twenty five miles from central London. It has a resident population of close to 78,000 and lies on the banks of the River Thames. It is a significant 'dormitory' suburb for London, however is still a pleasant spot for exploring the nearby countryside. The Thames here is crossed by an eighteenth century road bridge as well as a fine railway bridge constructed in eighteen thirty eight by the prominent engineer Isambard Kingdom Brunel, the railway bridge was the subject of Joseph Turner's work 'Rain, Steam and Speed'. The Thames at Maidenhead is in addition known for Boulter's Lock, a popular boating rendezvous & beauty spot. To the west of the town you will find the Courage Shire Horse Centre, where the well known brewers twelve Shire horses can be seen, together with a display on the historical past of those horses. In Maidenhead town itself you can find almshouses dating from as long ago as 1659. The Harry Reitlinger Bequest is an exciting collection of sculpture, paintings, glassware & pottery. Ray Mill Island is a public garden, and the mill later became a hotel. The famed National Trust house of Cliveden looks down on the river in nearby Taplow.

Maidenhead History: The first settlement of Maiden Hythe developed by the the Thames in Saxon times. The celebrated bridge across the Thames was built in around 1777 (for around £19,000), the original wooden bridge, first erected in 1255 had a wharf built next to it and it is from this that the town is understood to have got its name (from 'New Wharf' or 'Maiden Hythe'). Soon after the establishing of this first bridge, Maidenhead grew to be a significant stopping point for travellers making the journey from Bath to London.

Maidenhead Bridge and River Thames - geograph.org.uk - 205285The railway came to Maidenhead in 1838 (Great Western Railway) & a rail bridge was built over the Thames to a design by the outstanding Isambard Kingdom Brunel. In the 19th Century Maidenhead developed into very popular riverside resort for London's prosperous and affluent & the hotel by the Thames became the haunt of well known playboys of the time. Following the coming of the railway the town grew rapidly and in 1894 it separated from the parishes of Bray and Cookham, developing into a town in its own right.

Today's Maidenhead is in the heart of 'communter country' & its strategic spot on the M4/A4 makes it a vital commercial centre for the region. While a good many commute from Maidenhead to The City and additional large towns in the region, the town itself has a reasonable amount of light industry and provides jobs for many people in such industries as plastics, pharmaceuticals & computer software.

Maidenhead is well known for its soccer team Maidenhead United (nicknamed the Magpies) who play at York Road among the oldest grounds around the world. Maidenhead United were formed in 1870 & were one of the original 15 teams in the first F.A. Cup tournament which took place in 1871-72.

Maidenhead Things to Do: Amongst the chief attractions for those going to Maidenhead is without doubt the River Thames itself, with its boating, its natural charm, its flora and fauna and its pretty riverside walks. If no reason other than that, the town is definitely worth a look. For everybody looking into the history of Maidenhead, the Maidenhead Heritage Centre and Museum could be the first port of call. Here you can learn about Maidenhead history from Roman days right up to modern times and see documents, photos and artifacts pertaining to the town and its past. Film aficionados might well wish to head to the eight-screen Odeon cinema, while sports enthusiasts could go to see the local Maidenhead United play soccer at their York Road ground, or maybe visit the Magnet Leisure Centre enjoying its terrific swimming pool and tremendous variety of sports and activities provided for the local community and visitors alike.

You could also visit: Kidwells Park, Cliveden Gardens and Maze, Church Wood, Premier Karting, Museum of Berkshire Aviation, Odeon Multiplex Cinema, Playtrain, Braywick Nature Centre, Maidenhead Steam Navigation Company, Slough Ice Arena, Hobbs of Henley, Windsor Castle, Savill Garden, Bracknell Ice Skating, Pullingshill Wood, Bracknell Ski Slope, Monkey Mates Play Centre, Big Fun 4 Kids Indoor Playcentre, Longridge Activity Centre (Marlow), Edwards Amusements, Extreme Motion Skate Park, Wayside Stables, Popes Meadow, Whoosh Play Centre, Tenpin Maidenhead (Tenpin Bowling), Montem Leisure Centre, Beeches, Bisham Woods, Thames Valley Falconry Center, Absolutely Karting, Cocksherd Bluebell Wood (Britwell).

A selection of Maidenhead streets and roads: Whyteladyes Lane, Altwood Road, Cedar Chase, The Tressel, Rosebank Close, Lonsdale Way, Loosen Drive, Wavell Road, Gays Lane, Pinkneys Drive, Frogmill Spinney, Hawthorn Gardens, Manor Way, The Avenue, The Croft, Hambleden Walk, Allenby Road, Westfield Road, Grange Lane, Homeside Close, Gordon Road, Loddon Drive, Queen Street, High Road, Kent Way, Ray Meadow, Boulters Lock Island, Chauntry Close, Kinghorn Lane, Walker Road, Havelock Road, Shoppenhangers Road, Jobs Lane, Broomhill, Ye Meads, The Switchback, Westacott Way, Old Forge Close, Black Boy Lane, Welbeck Road, The Binghams, Rixman Close, Gage Close, River Gardens, Wellhouse Road, Hillcrest Avenue, Ray Drive, Howe Lane, Orkney Court, Spring Lane, Doranne Orchard.

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