• St Luke’s Cottage Hospital was built in 1880 closing in 1977.
  • The infirmary of the Union Workhouse became St Mark’s Hospital.
  • Opposite St Mark’s Hospital was an isolation hospital.


The town's initial prosperity derived from the many travellers passing through it daily and the need for accommodation, stabling and trades to service horse and, later, coach travel.

The railway's arrival ended the coaching era, bringing new residents to Maidenhead and new homes, shops and businesses to serve them. Later new jobs linked with the river and tourism as the Thames evolved from working waterway to 'leisure river'. Local breweries flourished into the 20th century and there was brick making at Pinkneys Green but no single industry or business ever characterised the town.


Maidenhead Advertiser published from July 1869. Maidenhead Library holds microfilm copies.

The Advertiser is not yet one of the titles included in The British Newspaper Archive (as at January 2017)


The society has a local Windsor, Slough and Maidenhead Branch that meets monthly in Windsor

Berkshire Record Office is the starting point for Maidenhead records

The Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead website lists all local libraries. Maidenhead Library Local Studies section holds some useful local history and family history material.

Maidenhead Heritage Centre provides a useful chronology for Maidenhead. Other items of interest may be found on the main centre website

Windsor and Royal Borough Museum local history collection includes Maidenhead items

Sources for Maidenhead History

The Story of Maidenhead, Luke Over, Local Heritage Books, 1984.

A History of Maidenhead, J Wesley Walker, 1931

The Book of  Maidenhead, T. Middleton, 1975

The Royal Hundred of Cookham, Luke Over, Cliveden Press, 1994

The Royal Hundred of Bray, Luke Over, Cliveden Press, 1993

Memories of Maidenhead, Luke Over, Delfine Marketing, 2003

Images of Maidenhead, published by the Maidenhead Advertiser, 1997

Maidenhead in old Photographs, Myra Hayles and David Hedges, 1992

Are you married or do you live in Maidenhead, Bridget Hole, 1998

Villages around Maidenhead, Luke Over, History Press, 2009

Furze Platt Remembered by Ray Knibbs, published privately - limited edition


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