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Location: Berkshire (Berks), England, UK.

Postcode: SL6

Dialling Code: 01628

Population: 78,000 (2011)

Maidenhead - A historic town with a historical past stretching back to far off Anglo-Saxon times, Maidenhead is located in Berkshire county in the Home Counties, in the Borough of Windsor & Maidenhead about twenty five miles from London's centre. It has got a population of about 78,000 inhabitants and stands on the banks of the River Thames. Maidenhead is a substantial 'dormitory' suburb of the city of London, though is still a great spot for checking out the nearby countryside. The River Thames here is spanned by an eighteenth century road bridge along with a terrific railway bridge erected in the mid-1800's by the excellent engineer Isambard Kingdom Brunel, the rail bridge was the setting for Turner's work 'Rain, Steam & Speed'. The Thames at Maidenhead is also renowned for Boulter's Lock, a well known boating rendezvous & beauty spot. Found to the west of Maidenhead you can find the Courage Shire Horse Centre, where the famous brewers 12 Shire horses can be seen, plus a presentation on the historic past of those horses. In Maidenhead town itself are almshouses dating from as long ago as mid-seventeenth century. The Harry Reitlinger Bequest is an interesting collection of paintings, sculpture, pottery & glassware. Ray Mill Island is a park, & the mill is now a hotel. The celebrated Italianate mansion Cliveden stands high above in nearby Taplow.

The Historical Past of Maidenhead: The original settlement of Maiden Hythe evolved around the the River Thames in the times of the Saxons. The well known bridge across the River Thames was constructed in around 1777 (for around £19,000), the initial bridge of wood construction, first put up in 1255 had a wharf next to it & it is from this that the town is considered to have got its name (taken from 'New Wharf' or 'Maiden Hythe'). Following the erection of this first bridge, Maidenhead grew to be an essential stopping off point for travellers making the route from Bath to London.

Maidenhead Bridge and River Thames - geograph.org.uk - 205285The train service arrived in Maidenhead in 1838 (Great Western Railway) & a railway bridge was constructed over the River Thames to a design by the amazing Isambard Kingdom Brunel. Through the 19th Century Maidenhead became a highly popular riverside destination for London's affluent & wealthy and the hotel by the riverbank became the hang-out of well known playboys of that time. After the arrival of the railway service Maidenhead expanded rapidly & in 1894 it broke up from the parishes of Bray and Cookham, turning into a town in its own right.

Twenty-first century Maidenhead is in the middle of 'communter country' and its handy setting on the M4/A4 makes it a crucial centre for the region. Although many travel from Maidenhead to London and various other major towns in the region, Maidenhead itself has some light industry and provides jobs for many workers in such market sectors as computer software, plastics and pharmaceuticals.

Maidenhead is well known for its soccer team Maidenhead United (referred to as the Magpies) which plays at York Road among the oldest grounds on the globe. Maidenhead United were formed in eighteen seventy and were one of the original fifteen entries in the very first F.A. Cup tournament held in 1871-72.

Tourist Attractions in Maidenhead: Without doubt one of the leading points of interest for folks going to Maidenhead is for sure the River Thames itself, with its water related facilities, its natural splendor, its flora and fauna and its appealing riverside walks. If no justification other than this, the town is seriously worth the trip. For everybody interested by the history of Maidenhead, the Maidenhead Heritage Centre and Museum must be the first port of call. There one can learn about Maidenhead history since the days of the Romans up to the present and examine artifacts, photographs and documents related to the town and its story. Film addicts might well wish to head to the eight-screen Odeon multiplex cinema, while sporting fans might go to watch the local Maidenhead United play football at their York Road stadium, or else check out the Magnet Leisure Centre with its impressive pool and tremendous range of recreation activities and sports provided for the local people and visitors alike.

You could also visit: Big Fun 4 Kids Indoor Playcentre, Legoland Windsor, Museum of Berkshire Aviation, Old Thatch Gardens, Premier Karting, Stanley Spencer Gallery, Gleniffer Stables, Odds Farm Park, Jungle Mania (Bourne End), Black Park, Monkey Mates Play Centre, E J Churchill Shooting Ground, Bekonscot Model Village, Waltham Place, Odeon Multiplex Cinema, Sector 7 Laser (Combat Gaming), Dorney Court, Bisham Woods, Braywick Nature Centre, Berkshire Paintball Park, Riverside Gardens and Play Area, Windsor Castle, Popes Meadow, Montem Leisure Centre, Savill Garden, Pullingshill Wood, Thames Valley Adventure Playground, Tenpin Maidenhead (Tenpin Bowling), Bracknell Leisure Centre, Beeches, Ray Mill Island.

A selection of Maidenhead streets and roads: Bray Road, Hockett Lane, Stubbles Lane, Vicarage Gardens, College Glen, Smithfield Road, North Town Moor, College Avenue, Malvern Road, Pearce Drive, Langton Close, Autumn Walk, Willant Close, Spring Lane, Hedingham Mews, Ellington Park, Castle Hill Terrace, Bakers Lane, The Farthingales, Altwood Drive, Alyson Court, Alston Gardens, Providence Place, Ellington Road, Coningsby Close, Lake View, Peace Lane, Lovelace Close, Park Corner, Halldore Hill, Laxton Green, Redriff Close, Powis Close, Kinghorn Lane, Pondwood Lane, The Avenue, Oaken Grove, North Town Close, Rochford Way, Silver Close, Old Court Close, Broadway, Whitchurch Close, Arundel Close, Alwyn Road, Beverley Gardens, Heynes Green, Fishery Road, Loddon Drive, Broadwater Park, Edith Road.

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