Situated in the royal county of Berkshire, 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 that the nearby Great Hill of Taplow was called the "Mai Dun" by the Iron Age Britons. 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 was granted a Royal Charter by Queen Elizabeth 1.
In the late 1700's, Maidenhead prospered as one of the busiest coaching towns in England and a major stopping point on the Great West Road for the coaches that journeyed between London and the West Country.
Maidenhead's Parliamentary Constituency has been represented since 1997 by Theresa May, Britain's second female Prime Minister.
Windsor benefits from the widely known Windsor Castle, residence of The British Royal Family. It is also the home of Windsor FC, Windsor Cricket Club, Windsor Rugby Club and the Royal Windsor Roller Girls.
Ascot Racecourse employs over 70 full-time staff, which increases temporarily to 6,000 during Royal Ascot week. The village has a variety of businesses located at the Ascot Business Park, opened in 2008, including the UK headquarters of global toy manufacturer Jakks Pacific, in addition to numerous small and medium enterprises. The Chartered Institute of Building, a professional body for those working in the construction industry and built environment is also based in Ascot.There has been a bridge over the Thames at Marlow since the reign of King Edward III. The current bridge is a suspension bridge, designed by William Tierney Clarkin 1832, and was a prototype for the much larger Széchenyi Chain Bridge across the River Danube in Budapest.
T. S. Eliot lived in West Street, Marlow during the First World War. Now called "The Vanilla Pod "and listed as the No 1 restaurant in Marlow on tripadvisor - well worth a visit!
The Junior Wing of the Royal Military College, later moved to Sandhurst on the borders of Berkshire and Surrey, was once based in West Street, Marlow, at Remnantz, a large house built in the early 18th century which served as the Junior Department of the College from 1801 until 1812. The weather vane on the building features a man firing a cannon and may date from that period. The building is now owned by the Bosley family.
The Hand & Flowers, the first gastropub to hold two Michelin stars, is located on West Street. Like many local pubs, it serves the award-winning beers brewed locally in Marlow Bottom by the Rebellion Beer Company.
Local tradition has it that Jane Seymour lived at Seymour Court, about a mile north of Marlow, but this has not been confirmed. Court Garden (before the house was built) was reputedly where Henry VIII courted her. A conference room at the Court Garden Leisure Complex is named after her.
Percy Bysshe Shelley and Mary Shelley moved into a house in West Street in 1816. He composed The Revolt of Islam there in 1817, while Mary worked on Frankenstein. Thomas, who had suggested Shelley move to the town, wrote his novel Nightmare Abbey (1818) at a nearby house.
Jerome K. Jerome wrote part of Three Men in a Boat at a local pub, the Two Brewers.
Marlow Bottom has become the home of quintuple Olympic gold medallist rower Steve Redgrave, Britain's only athlete to have won gold medals at five consecutive Olympics. Higginson Park features a bronze statue of Sir Steven looking across the river towards the location of the finishing line of the Marlow Town Regatta. He is also commemorated in Redgrave Place.
The pop singer Robbie Williams recently bought a house on the river in Bisham
The Michelin star Chef Heston Blumenthal, owner of The Fat Duck in Bray, Berkshire (voted Best Restaurant in the World in 2005) lived in Marlow until recently.
Actress Anna Acton was born in Marlow
Pakistani cricketer and International Cricket Council (ICC) match Referee Wasim Raja lived in Marlow and worked as a cricket coach in a local school.
Musician Jim Capaldi lived in Marlow for many years with his wife and two daughters until his death in 2005.
England scrum-half and World Cup-winner Matt Dawson spent his childhood in Marlow and went to a local primary school.
England goalkeeper David Seaman owned a property in Marlow until 2012.
Peter Firth, Sir Harry Pearce in the BBC MI5 drama Spooks, is a Marlow resident.
Andrew Strauss, former England cricket captain, moved to Little Marlow with his family in 2010
The first recorded mention of Slough was in 1196 with a spelling of 'Slo'. In the 1800s Slough began to grow until there were approximately 2,400 people there and the first train from London to Slough Station opened.
Slough is twinned with Montreuil, France since 1988.
Slough is the home of The Slough Trading Estate which is one of the most important business centres in the South East It is also seeing redevelopment of the Town Centre refurbishing the Queensmere Shopping Mall and focusing on new buildings and offices and a new larger Tesco Extra shopping as well as creating new hotels, a conference centre, cafes and restaurants.
Slough is also home to the Slough Town FC, Slough Jets and the Slough Rugby Club and has produced many Olympic athletes from the Windsor, Slough, Eton and Hounslow Athletics Cub.
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