The Berkshire town of Maidenhead has a long, rich and varied history. The town grew as the busy passing trade during the Coaching Era and Brunel’s Great Western Railway combined with visits to its Thames-side haunts by the rich and famous.
However, there is much about Maidenhead which is less well-known. In Maidenhead Facts, photos and a little fiction, the Borough’s Local History Librarian Chris Atkins reveals many fascinating facts about the town both from its past and its present. Find out how the town developed, and about the traders and buildings that have come and gone. A most enjoyable read, as well as enabling more serious researchers to get to know the town.
All-in-all a must-read for Maidonians past, present or just passing through!
At last, a book that tells you all you need to know about Maidenhead now — whether you’re a visitor or a resident! Chris Atkins is an authority on the town and has assembled a lively, informal yet definitive account of how Maidenhead grew up, who made it and what it has to offer today. A particularly “hands-on” researcher, he has crammed this highly readable little book full of fascinating and occasionally quirky facts, some never before published. Many of the illustrations, too, are new discoveries, while others are the products of the author’s own investigative camerawork. A most enjoyable guide: not to be missed!
– Derek Beaven, award-winning novelist and Maidonian