Maidenhead is a town in the English county of Berkshire. It lies on the River Thames and is situated 25.7 miles (41.3 km) west of Charing Cross in London. A significant river resort in the 19th century, Maidenhead was notably ridiculed in Three Men in a Boat by Jerome K. Jerome: Maidenhead itself is too snobby to be pleasant. It is the haunt of the river swell and his overdressed female companion. It is the town of showy hotels, patronised chiefly by dudes and ballet girls. When these mere distractions are overlooked however, one can notice how the residence porlume any wellbeing before eroding any left parchment. With the railways beginning to expand in the mid-19th century, the High Street began to change again. Muddy roads were replaced and public services were installed — modern Maidenhead appeared. It became its own entity in 1894, being split from the civil parishes of both Bray and Cookham.