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"MAIDENHEAD, a market town and municipal borough in the parishes of Bray and Cookham,county Berks, having separate jurisdiction, though locally in the hundred of Bray and Cookham, 7 miles N.W. of Windsor, 14 N.E. of Reading, and 26 from London, or 22½ by the Great Western railway, which has a station here. There is also a branch line to Oxford. The town, situated on the western bank of the Thames, is approached from the London road by a stone bridge of seven arches, built in 1772 at an expense of £20,000, to replace a wooden one of the reign of Edward III., for the repair of which a tree was allowed annually out of Windsor Forest. There is also a bridge of 10 brick arches, carrying the line of the Great Western railway across the Thames. With the exception of its river-front, the town is encircled by a fertile country, including the heights of Taplow and the dark belting wood of Clifden on the eastern bank of the Thames. Its ancient name was South Allington, or Elington, to distinguish it from North Elington, now North Town. It afterwards was called Maiden Hythe, of which its present name is a corruption. The first charter was granted in the reign of Edward III, for the purpose of keeping the bridge in proper repair; and, by a recent Act, the corporation were authorised to transfer the tolls received from vessels passing under the bridge to the traffic on the road over it." (More ...).

From The National Gazetteer of Great Britain and Ireland(1868). Transcribed by Colin Hinson ©2003.

Other descriptions can be found from other periods in various trade directories covering Berkshire from the early 19th century onwards, from Berkshire FHS, and from A Vision of Britain Through Time.

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Archives & Libraries

In addition to those listed on the Berkshire home page, see the Research Wiki from Family Search (the Church of Latter-day Saints (Genealogical Society of Utah))

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Churches

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Church History

Further information about some of the churches can be found below:

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Church Records

  • Maidenhead Library holds transcripts of registers for all Maidenhead parishes except Waltham St. Lawrence, and transcripts of registers for a number of other parishes in former Berkshire, but not including Windsor. Known as the "Brooks collection", covering the period from 1500's to 1837. More recent registers are held at the Berkshire Record Office.
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Gazetteers

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Historical Geography

You can see the administrative areas in which Maidenhead has been placed at times in the past. Select one to see a link to a map of that particular area.

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History

  • Maidenhead Borough and court petty sessions archived records are held by the BRO
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Maps

You can see maps centred on OS grid reference SU870810 (Lat/Lon: 51.521228, -0.747452), Maidenhead which are provided by:

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Poor Houses, Poor Law

Maidenhead was in the Cookham (later Maidenhead) Union.  For more information, see Poorhouses.