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Location: Berkshire, Home Counties, England, United Kingdom.

Postcode: SL6

Dialling Code: 01628

Population: 78,000 (2011)

Maidenhead - An ancient town with a history harping back to early Anglo-Saxon times, Maidenhead can be found in the county of Berks in the Home Counties, within the Borough of Windsor & Maidenhead about 40 kilometres from the centre of London. It has got a populace of around 78,000 inhabitants & stands on the River Thames. It is a large 'dormitory' suburb of London, yet is a great centre for discovering the nearby countryside. The Thames here is traversed by an 18th century road bridge together with a stunning railway bridge designed in the mid-1800's by the superb engineer Isambard Kingdom Brunel, the rail bridge was the inspiration for Joseph Turner's work 'Rain, Steam & Speed'. The Thames at Maidenhead is also well known for Boulter's Lock, a well known boating meeting place & beauty spot. To the west of Maidenhead is the Courage Shire Horse Centre, where the popular brewery's twelve Shire horses can be seen, as well as a presentation on the heritage of those horses. In the town itself you can see almshouses dating from the 17th century. The Harry Reitlinger Bequest is a noteworthy collection of sculpture, paintings, pottery & glassware. Ray Mill Island is a park, & the mill is now a hotel. The famed house of Cliveden stands high above in nearby Taplow.

The Story of Maidenhead: The initial settlement of Maiden Hythe grew up beside the river during Saxon times. The well known bridge across the River Thames was built in around 1777 (at a cost of nineteen thousand pounds), the initial wooden bridge, first built in 1255 had a wharf built adjacent to it & this is from where the town is believed to have been named (taken from 'New Wharf' or 'Maiden Hythe'). Soon after the constructing of this 1st bridge, Maidenhead evolved into an important stopping off place for travellers on the journey from Bath to London.

Maidenhead Bridge and River Thames - geograph.org.uk - 205285The railway line arrived at Maidenhead in 1838 (Great Western Railway) & a railway bridge was built over the Thames designed by the outstanding Isambard Kingdom Brunel. During the 19th Century Maidenhead evolved into very popular riverside resort for the rich and prosperous of London & the hotel by the river became the haunt of notorious playboys of the day. Soon after the arrival of the railway service the town grew quickly and in 1894 it split up from the parishes of Cookham & Bray, becoming a town in its own right.

Current day Maidenhead is in the middle of 'communter country' and its strategic setting on the A4/ M4 renders it a significant centre for the region. While a good many commute from Maidenhead to The city of london and various other significant towns in the area, Maidenhead itself has a reasonable amount of light industry and provides jobs for many people in such fields as plastics, pharmaceuticals and computer software.

Maidenhead is widely known for its football team Maidenhead United (referred to as the Magpies) which plays at York Road one of the oldest football pitches on the planet. Maidenhead United were formed in 1870 & were one of the first fifteen entries in the first F.A. Cup competition held in 1871-72.

Attractions in and Near Maidenhead: Amongst the biggest tourist attractions for folks visiting Maidenhead is not surprisingly the Thames itself, with its boating facilities, its natural charm, its wildlife and its appealing riverside walks. If no justification other than this, Maidenhead is worthy of a look. For those of you wishing to discover 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 the present and see records, photographs and artifacts relating to Maidenhead and its historic past. Movie devotees might well wish to head to the 8-screen Odeon multiplex cinema, whilst sports fanatics may go to see Maidenhead United play football at their York Road ground, or maybe check out the Magnet Leisure Centre enjoying its magnificent swimming pool and vast selection of sports and recreation activities available for the local community and visitors alike.

You could also visit: Bracknell Ice Skating, Dorney Court, Playtrain, Tenpin Maidenhead (Tenpin Bowling), Stanley Spencer Gallery, Pullingshill Wood, Gleniffer Stables, Thames Valley Falconry Center, Jungle Mania (Bourne End), Cliveden Gardens and Maze, Savill Garden, Skirmish Wycombe, Monkey Mates Play Centre, Popes Meadow, Windsor Great Park, Bekonscot Model Village, Old Thatch Gardens, Premier Karting, Windsor Castle, Bisham Woods, Odeon Multiplex Cinema, Maidenhead Steam Navigation Company, Absolutely Karting, River and Rowing Museum, Museum of Berkshire Aviation, Cocksherd Bluebell Wood (Britwell), Wayside Stables, Thames Valley Adventure Playground, Black Park, Edwards Amusements, Legoland Windsor.

A selection of Maidenhead streets and roads: Farmers Way, Pages Wharf, Fairford Road, Courthouse Road, Altwood Drive, New Road, Farm Road, Rutland Road, Cleveland Close, Gardner House, Thames Crescent, Harrow Lane, Hamilton Park, Lonsdale Close, Hearne Drive, Linden Avenue, Boulters Court, Moffy Hill, Court Drive, Wayside Mews, Russet Road, Westfield Road, Gloucester Road, Vauxhall Road, Innings Lane, Mallow Park, Paddock Close, Graham Road, Castle Mews, Church Lane, Gilchrist Way, Ray Mill Road West, Lincoln Road, Gage Close, Wessons Hill, Coronation Road, Grove Road, Ray Mead Road, Derek Road, Holmanleaze, Quarry Wood, Rushington Avenue, Swanbrook Court, Sunderland Road, Lancastria Mews, Phipps Close, Pelham Court, Forlease Drive, Ellington Road, Church View, Aysgarth Park.

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