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Flowers, photographs and vegetables were on display at the Waltham St Lawrence village show on Sunday, September 11.
Stan is a handsome fluffy ginger and white cat about five to six years old.
Maidenhead was originally the planned western terminus for the Crossrail line (to and through London) until Reading station, situated 13 miles (21 km) southwest of Maidenhead, was chosen.
At the heart of the half-circle is Maidenhead. Since Edwardian days it has been a place for fun. Once it was champagne parties, camping punts and Guard’s Club occasions, culminating in the season’s most fashionable event ‘Ascot Sunday’, a day of finery on the river.
The town is part of the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead, with an urban population of around 80,000. It was previously an independent municipal borough. The town is one of the safest Conservative seats in the country, with the current MP for the Maidenhead Constituency being Theresa May (Conservative), the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom. The mayor is Councillor Sayonara Luxton (Conservative).
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The town's nightlife has both independent and well known pubs and clubs including venues with live music, relaxed wine bars, traditional pubs and funky clubs.
The Professional’s Shop provides a complete shopping experience by supplying clothing and products by the leading brands in today’s market. The enthusiastic golfer has choice from golf club companies Titleist, Callaway, Ping, Yes Putters, Scotty Cameron and Vokey wedges and clothing from Galvin Green, Ian Poulter Design, Under Armour, Lija Lifestyle and Green Lamb.Find out more »
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To find out more about the history of Maidenhead why not visit Maidenhead Heritage Centre?
Maidenhead grew out of a small hamlet when the first bridge was built. This was a much more direct route from London to the West Country, so became a major point on the Great West Road. Being a day's travel from London, many coaching inns were established. In the 19th Century, with the advent of the railways, Maidenhead became a sophisticated Thameside resort.
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No one knows where the name Maidenhead, which first appeared in 1296, came from but it owes its foundation to the bridge and a small chapel at a river crossing – once a ford through a much wider and shallower Thames. The borough church of St Mary Magdalene and St Andrew is the successor of this chapel and like it, it’s close to Chapel Arches which now span a flood relief ditch.
The town traces its beginnings from that chapel and its most historic possession is its charter of incorporation from Queen Elizabeth I signed in 1582.
The A4 runs through the town and crosses the Thames over Maidenhead Bridge. The town lies adjacent to junction 8/9 on the M4 motorway (accessed via the A404(M) and A308(M)). The M4 and M40 are linked by the A404(M)/ A404 which skirts the western side of Maidenhead.
Maidenhead's name stems from the riverside area where the "New wharf" or "Maiden Hythe" was built, perhaps as early as Saxon times. It has been suggested[by whom?] that the nearby Great Hill of Taplow was called the "Mai Dun" by the Iron Age Brythons. The area of the town centre was originally known as "South Ellington" and is recorded in the Domesday Book as Ellington in the hundred of Beynhurst.
Maidenhead lies immediately west of the Taplow ridge; a wooded spur of the Chilterns which rises dramatically above one of the most scenic stretches of the Thames. The ridge is crowned by the spectacular Cliveden House which can be seen from various parts of the town.
Arthur and Ron Hacker formed the company Hacker Radio Ltd in Maidenhead in 1959, producers of fine transistor radios that for a time in the 1970s brandished the Royal Warrant of Appointment
The River Thames runs 1⁄2 mile (800 m) to the east of the town centre, and York Stream, which runs through the town centre, connects to the Thames via a system of disused waterways. A renewal scheme is in progress (October 2007) to reopen these waterways. The Jubilee River, part of the flood defence scheme, begins above Boulter's Lock nearby.
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Maidenhead is in England's Silicon Corridor along the M4 motorway west of London. Many residents commute to work in London, or to the towns of Slough and Reading. Due to its similar character, Maidenhead is sometimes called the Bruges of middle England.
Maidenhead's riverside location has drawn many celebrities, including former broadcaster Michael Parkinson (b. 1935). The Spice Girls shared a house in Maidenhead for a year preceding their rise to stardom.
Maidenhead's industries include: software, plastics, pharmaceuticals, printing and telecommunications.
Local bus services are provided by First Berkshire & The Thames Valley, Arriva the Shires and Essex and Courtney Coaches.
Just down the road is one of Britain's culinary capitals, the village of Bray. This village contains the Roux Brothers' Waterside Inn as well as Heston Blumenthal's Fat Duck, which has held the accolade 'best restaurant in the world' and Giancarlo Caldesi's Caldesi in Campagna.
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The town's football team, Maidenhead United, play at York Road, which is the oldest football ground in the world continuously used by the same team.
Maidenhead has a good range of well known High Street names as well a wide variety of independent and specialist stores for you to explore. Step off the High Street and you'll find some hidden gems for that special something.
Maidenhead was home to the conference that agreed on the Maidenhead Locator System standard in 1980. It is located in grid square IO91pm.
Maidenhead boasts a wide variety of regular and visiting markets including continental, farmers' and arts markets offering shoppers a unique experience.
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Maidenhead is easy to get to, easy to park and has loads of things to explore. We hope you enjoy Maidenhead.
Today the accent is on art, music, drama and dance festivals. Actors, film stars, television personalities, air-line pilots, ballet dancers, models, many of them instantly recognisable, live hereabouts and may be brushed shoulders with in the supermarkets. In the villages, particularly Cookham, artists, both professional and amateur abound.
Situated on the River Thames, the town is a rowing centre. Maidenhead Rowing Club organises the Maidenhead Regatta which, along with Marlow Regatta and Henley Regatta, is often seen as a testing ground for olympic rowing athletes. Maidenhead has often seen winners go on to represent the United Kingdom at the Olympic games.
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