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Location: Berkshire, England, UK.

Postcode: SL6

Dialling Code: 01628

Population: 78,000 (2011)

Maidenhead - A historic town with a historic past harping back to early Saxon periods, Maidenhead is found in the county of Berks (Berkshire) in the Home Counties, within the Borough of Windsor & Maidenhead approximately 40 km from central London. Maidenhead has a populace of close to 78,000 occupants & rests on the banks of the River Thames. The town of Maidenhead is a big 'dormitory' suburb of the city of London, however is a great centre for exploring the nearby countryside. The River Thames at this point is traversed by an 18th century road bridge along with a superb railway bridge constructed in the mid-nineteenth century by the excellent engineer Isambard Kingdom Brunel, the railway bridge is the setting of Turner's painting 'Rain, Steam & Speed'. The Thames at Maidenhead is additionally known for Boulter's Lock, a well-liked boating assembly point and beauty spot. To the west of the town is the Courage Shire Horse Centre, where the popular brewers Shire horses can be viewed, as well as a display on the background of the horses. In the town itself are almshouses dating from as far back as the 17th century. The Harry Reitlinger Bequest is a great collection of sculpture, paintings, pottery and glassware. Ray Mill Island is a public park, & the mill later became a hotel. The widley known National Trust house of Cliveden stands high above in neighbouring Taplow.

Maidenhead History: The initial settlement of Maiden Hythe grew up around the the River Thames in the times of the Anglo-Saxons. The well known bridge across the Thames was built in around 1777 (for around £19,000), the initial 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 derived its current name (from 'New Wharf' or 'Maiden Hythe'). After the constructing of this 1st bridge, Maidenhead grew into an excellent stop off place for travellers taking the route from London to Bath.

Maidenhead Bridge and River Thames - geograph.org.uk - 205285The railway line arrived at Maidenhead in 1838 (Great Western Railway) and a rail bridge was constructed over the river to a design by the outstanding Isambard Kingdom Brunel. Over the Nineteenth Century Maidenhead developed into popular riverside resort for the rich & wealthy of London & the hotel beside the Thames came to be the haunt of well known playboys of the time. Soon after the arrival of the railway Maidenhead grew dramatically and in 1894 it split from the parishes of Bray & Cookham, to become a town in its own right.

Current day Maidenhead is in the middle of 'communter country' and its strategic location on the A4/ M4 renders it a crucial commercial centre for the region. While a good many commute from Maidenhead to London and some other significant towns in the region, Maidenhead itself has some light industry & employs many workers in such industrial sectors as computer software, pharmaceuticals & plastics.

Maidenhead is well known for its football team Maidenhead United (called the Magpies) which plays at York Rd recognized as one of the oldest football pitches on the globe. Maidenhead United were formed in eighteen seventy & were one of the first fifteen entrants in the first F.A. Cup tournament which took place in 1871-72.

Maidenhead Attractions: Certainly one of the most recognized sights for folks visiting Maidenhead is naturally the Thames itself, with its boating facilities, its natural beauty, its wildlife and its beautiful riverside walks. If for no other purpose than this, Maidenhead is well worth checking out. For everyone enthusiastic about the history of Maidenhead, the Maidenhead Heritage Centre and Museum is a must visit place. Here one can find out about Maidenhead history from Roman days right up to modern times and see relics, photographs and written documents related to the town and its historical background. Movie fanatics might well choose to head to the 8-screen Odeon multiplex cinema, whilst sporting followers may go and see Maidenhead United play soccer at their York Road stadium, or visit the Magnet Leisure Centre using its fabulous pool and vast range of sports and activities provided for the local community and visitors alike.

You could also visit: E J Churchill Shooting Ground, Cliveden Gardens and Maze, Bisham Woods, Big Fun 4 Kids Indoor Playcentre, Sector 7 Laser (Combat Gaming), Wycombe Museum, Dinton Pastures Country Park, Tenpin Maidenhead (Tenpin Bowling), Wayside Stables, Premier Karting, Windsor Castle, Kidwells Park, Church Wood, Whoosh Play Centre, Bracknell Ice Skating, Longridge Activity Centre (Marlow), Black Park, Monkey Mates Play Centre, Legoland Windsor, Old Thatch Gardens, Edwards Amusements, Pullingshill Wood, Dorney Court, Thames Valley Adventure Playground, Windsor Leisure Centre, Snakes and Ladders at Slough, Cocksherd Bluebell Wood (Britwell), Cheeky Charlies Play Centre, Montem Leisure Centre, Odeon Multiplex Cinema, Extreme Motion Skate Park.

A selection of Maidenhead streets and roads: Wheatfield Close, Minton Rise, Rolls Lane, Long Lane, Cookham Road, Linden Avenue, Stockwells, Laxton Green, Spencers Road, Sandisplatt Road, Lancaster Road, Bix Lane, Bridge Avenue, Cox Green Lane, Amerden Lane, Burnt Oak, Shifford Crescent, In The Ray, Bridge Road, Bramley Close, Firs Lane, Furze Platt Road, Lee Lane, Cadwell Drive, Braybank, St Marks Crescent, Holmanleaze, Broadwater Park, Wellhouse Road, Ellington Gardens, Chalgrove Close, Harrow Close, Manor Way, Ellington Court, Clifton Close, Lovelace Close, Simpson Close, Whurley Way, Ribstone Road, Treesmill Drive, Stompits Road, Somersby Crescent, High Street, Lyneham Gardens, Cordwallis Street, The Fieldings, Sheephouse Road, Westacott Way, Bridle Road, Crescent Drive, Beech Close.

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