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Welcome to The Marlow Society

The Marlow Society is a registered charity whose efforts are devoted to the preservation and development of Marlow and the surrounding villages and countryside.

We seek to represent all those who enjoy living in, working in, shopping or just visiting our beautiful town situated on the banks of the River Thames, in the foothills of the Chilterns Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

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This page is regularly updated, please select here to view the latest version.


Some Events in 2016:

Events by groups other than the Local History Group (LHG) are annotated with (oth).

AIM = Archaeology in Marlow, MAS = Marlow Archaeology.



Sun Oct 9




meet at Marlow Museum SL7 2AE


Forgotten Marlow walk


Thur Oct 13




Main Hall, Liston Hall


The Old Straight Track revisited and revised: understanding the dating patterns of mobility in pre-history. (oth)


Prof Martin Bell / AIM, MAS


Mon Oct 17




Garden Room, Liston Hall




Andy Ford


Thur Nov 24




Garden Room, Liston Hall


Richard III, Part II. Revealing Grey Friars: the archaeology of Leicester' lost Franciscan friary. (oth)


Matthew Morris / AIM, MAS

see the full programme




Sad News:



Harriet Wilson

It is with the greatest sadness that we have been advised of the untimely death of Harriet Wilson. Our thoughts are with her family now.
Details to follow



Tony Reeve

It is with great sadness that we have learnt of the untimely death of Tony Reeve, a long standing member of and a major contributor to the Society. Tony died unexpectedly but peacefully at home between Saturday afternoon 9 Jul 16 and Sunday morning 10 Jul 16.
We have lost a man of great learning and a wonderful knowledge of the history of Marlow. visit page



News Headlines:


The Marlow Bookshop

A Positive Impact
This morning (22 Aug 16) I visited the newly opened Marlow Bookshop in Spittal Street to say, on behalf of the Society, how much I appreciated the new shop's façade and, in particular, the high quality signwriting on the shop sign.
visit page

Nesta Liston

Nesta Liston's gift to Marlow
The picture of Nesta Liston, which has been in New Court House since Nesta Liston gifted New Court to the town, is now to be installed in Liston Hall. Red Kite is in negotiation to sell New Court.
visit page



Parking in Marlow - Questionnaire
Your Executive Committee is currently discussing possible ways forward with the Chamber of Trade and Commerce. In order to proceed further I need the views of all of the Society's members.
Please visit this page to read more and complete our questionnaire.

Local Plan - Marlow Society Response ...view pdf


Local Plan: May-16 status New Houses and Commercial 2017 - 2031. ...visit page


Local Plan: Sep-15 status Seven-hundred new houses every year to 2033. ...visit page


The Obelisk, Marlow

The Obelisk
I began the pressure on Bucks CC in Jul 12 and today we made the first step on what may just be progress. Six men from Bucks came to town today in 2 vans and coned off the obelisk. See the attached picture. They were joined by 2 specialists in conservation, Annie Jones and me...
visit page

Spittal St Display

Windsor House site
Many of you will have seen the white boarding that was placed in front of Windsor House, at the junction of Dean St and Spittal St ...
Do go and see this montage of historic pictures from Michael Eagleton's and Ray Evans' collections in the very location at which they were originally taken.
visit page

A404 Bisham Roundabout - Public Consultation

The Highway's Agency has proposed several options for the improvement of the Bisham Roundabout on the A404. These were exposed at an exhibition on 19 / 20 Jun 15. Details of the 3 prominent options are shown here: visit page. The option of a flyover or an underpass linking the Bisham and Maidenhead roads were displayed. Making changes that speed up traffic on the A404 but which result in longer queues at both ends and the same total transit time makes little sense. The aim must surely be to facilitate the egress of local traffic.



Recent Events:


Heritage Open Day

Heritage Open Days - Sat 10th and Sun 11th Sept
Saturday 10th September 2016, 10 am - 4pm
Widmere Chapel, Widmere Lane
Sunday 11th September 2016, 10 am - 4pm
Marlow Brewery in World War 1
Courtyard, Old Wethered Brewery, High Street
visit page


Little Marlow Walk - Saturday 27th August,
met at 2.00pm, at the Public Car Park in Coldmoorholme Lane, SL8 5PS.
Adults £2.50, Children free of charge.
Anyone not wishing to walk could join at the church SL8 3RZ at 2.45pm.
Refreshments were available at the church.


Marlow Remembers The Somme - 1st July 2016. visit page

WW1 Conscription - 3rd June 2016. visit page

Guided Tour of Bisham Church

Guided Tour of Bisham Church.
and Churchyard.
Saturday April 16th 10:00am.
No charge but donations welcome for church funds.
Now Led by John Harper.
visit page

Virtual Tour of Bisham Abbey 29-Mar-2016

A Virtual Tour of Bisham Abbey
An illustrated talk by Ann Darracott.
Tuesday 29th March, 7.45 for 8.00pm.
Liston Hall, Marlow, SL7 1DD
visit page

William Mealing Marlows Mr Fix-It

William Mealing,
Victorian Marlow's Mr Fix-It
Monday 15th February 2016 at 8pm.
Garden Room, Liston Hall, Marlow SL7 1DD.
A talk by Janet Smith
visit page

Stonehenge Hidden Landscapes

Stonehenge Hidden Landscapes
Part 1 - by Eamonn Baldwin
Thurs 14th Jan 2016, 8pm
Main Hall, Liston Hall.
The first of a pair of fascinating lectures by two leading archaeologists from this current project ..
visit page

MAS talk Great Marlow Manor House

New discoveries in the search for
Great Marlow's manor house
Thursday 15th October 2015 at 8pm.
Garden Room, Liston Hall.
Janet Smith is a local historian and former librarian who has made a lengthy study of manorial documents and buildings to discover the site of Great Marlow's earliest manor house.
visit page

... more in the Past Events section.


Notes on Old Marlow Notes on Old Marlow
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