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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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These pages are regularly updated, please select here to view the latest version.



Current and Forthcoming Events:


Annual General Meeting
Thursday 11th May 2017, 7.30pm for 8.00pm

Liston Hall, Garden Room.

The Marlow Society Annual General Meeting will be held at 8.00pm in the Garden Room of Liston Hall. It will be preceded by refreshments at 7.30pm. Attendance is open to all members of the society. Free parking is available in the Liston Road Car Park from 7.00pm.

2016 AGM minutes

Story of Marlow Bottom - From Tin Town to Des Res

From Tin Town to Des Res
The Story of Marlow Bottom
18-Mar-17 to Aug-17
Sat, Sun, Bank Hols 1 - 5 pm. Wed 2 - 5 pm.
Marlow Museum, Court Garden, SL7 2AE
An Exhibition showing the transformation of this sheltered valley in the Chilterns to a thriving residential community. The exhibition will be opened by 2 long-time residents approximately 1pm on Sat 18 March at the Marlow Museum.
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Guided Tour of Bisham Church

Guided Tour of Bisham Church.
Saturday April 29th 10:30am.

Come and see our historic church in a beautiful riverside setting, with its spectacular Hoby family monuments and heraldic window.
No charge but donations welcome for church funds.
Led by John Harper.
visit page


The Marlow Remembers WW1 Association holds graveside commemorations for those soldiers who died in WW1 and are buried in and around Marlow. On May 19th we will honour George Silvey who died aged 33. We are very keen to contact anyone locally who has links to this family or any knowledge of them.

For more information and contact details please visit:

Some Events in 2017:

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

AIM = Archaeology in Marlow, MAS = Marlow Archaeology.



Thur 27-Apr-17




Liston Hall


World War One Conscription Appeals (oth)


Andy Ford / AIM, MAS


Sat 29-Apr-17




Bisham Church


Guided tour by John Harper


Booking essential, ring 624677, donations welcome


Mon 15-May-17




Garden Room, Liston Hall


Henley Management College 'Greenlands'


Richard Walker


Sun 28-May-17




Museum, Court Garden


Town Walk (guided walk)


10.30am start at Museum

see the full programme




Sad News:



Derek Done

Derek Done (1932 - 2016)

With the greatest sadness I have to report the death of Derek Done, a long-time member of our Society. Derek passed away on Thursday 8 December and was found on 12 December sitting peacefully in his chair at home. Derek had been scheduled to present a question to the Wycombe District Council on the 12th and I was privileged to step in, on his behalf, and ask the last question that he had raised on local government issues, a topic close to his heart.

Derek was, in addition to his long list of civic responsibilities, including Town Mayor and District Councillor, a hardworking and loyal member of the Society. I could always rely on his advice and guidance on a wide range of issues. He will be sorely missed.

A fuller obituary will follow.

Martin Blunkell, Chairman



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.
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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.
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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...
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Spittal St Display

Windsor House site
(this display has now been removed)
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 ...
This montage of historic pictures is from Michael Eagleton's and Ray Evans' collections in the very location at which they were originally taken.
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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:


New Court - a talk by Janet Smith

New Court - a talk by Janet Smith

Monday 20th February 2017 at 8.00pm
The Garden Room, Liston Hall
New Court - The house, the grounds and it's owners.
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The Grenadier Guards arriving in Marlow - 3 July 1915

The Marlow Remembers WW1 Association was proud to be associated with this Great War Virtual Trail Roadshow by the BMMT, held at the Marlow Royal British Legion on Sat 18 February 2017.
View Full details (.pdf).
The event included the opportunity for members of the public to bring along items for identification, etc.
There was a showing of "Our County at War : Buckinghamshire in the First World War". All were welcome.
- Mike Hyde, Vice Chairman MRWW1 Association

From Marlow to The Somme

On Saturday, 12 November in All Saints' Parish Church, Marlow, The Chiltern Camerata performed a special concert commemorating the life and music of the composer Frederick Kelly on the exact centenary of his death in action in the First World War.
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Marlow Remembers The Somme

From Beer to Bombs

Monday 17th October 2016 at 8.00pm
The Garden Room, Liston Hall
The story of Wethered's Brewery during World War One
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Marlow Carnival 2016

Marlow Carnival 2016.
The Marlow Society stand was in Higginson Park on Carnival Day 17 September 2016. In spite of the weather we had a successful day ...
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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
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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 Society Summer Drinks Party

Press on Regardless.
We did not let the rain spoil our enjoyment. The Summer Drinks Party went ahead in spite of the band of rain that arrived half an hour before the starting time. ...
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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
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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
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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 ..
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... more in the Past Events section.




To contact The Marlow Society:


Post: The Marlow Society, 22 Rookery Court, Marlow, Buckinghamshire, SL7 3HR.





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