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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.



Minutes of the 2017 Annual General Meeting can be viewed here. Please note that current year AGM Minutes are draft until they are signed off at the AGM of the following year.



Planning Overview - April 2017: New Local Plan, Retail establishment frontage, Parking, Spittal St and Dean St, New Court, Marlow Sports Club. ...visit page



Marlow Bridge Protection: Current thoughts on how to protect Marlow's beautiful bridge. ...visit page


Marlow Bridge



There's lots to do .. if you can become actively involved in furthering the aims of the society, please contact us -


Bisham Church War Memorial

Appeal for Info and Photos -
Bisham Church War Memorial

As part of our current project to record and preserve war memorials in the Marlow area, we are looking for records and photos relating to the war memorial inside Bisham Church.
The memorial was maliciously damaged sometime in the 1980s and the heads were broken off the statues of Saints Michael and George.
We are particularly interested in obtaining photos of the memorial prior to the damage.
If you can help please contact Geoff Wood on 01628 475475 or


Photo competition 2017

Marlow Society Photo Competition 2017 - Winners.
The winning entries of the photo competition - helping to mark the 50th anniversary of the establishment of conservation areas - have been announced.
more information and the winning entries can be viewed here


Current and Forthcoming Events:


Skulls Skiffs and Steamers

Sculls, skiffs and steamers - the story of Salter's Steamers.
Tuesday 31st October, at 8.00 pm,

Liston Hall, Marlow.
The autumn Marlow Society Lecture, Sculls, skiffs and steamers, the story of Salter's Steamers, will be given by Simon Wenham, Oxford social history lecturer and author of the book of the same name.
visit page

Marlow Then and Now

Marlow Then and Now
Marlow Museum expands to cover the centre of Marlow

Sat, Sun, Bank Hols 1 - 5 pm. Wed 2 - 5 pm.
Marlow Museum, Court Garden, SL7 2AE
An exhibition highlighting the history behind many of the buildings within walking distance of the museum, with old photos supplied by Michael Eagleton and others. A booklet - A Stroll Round Marlow Then and Now - is available at the museum, which takes you on a historic walking tour around 20 places of interest.
more information on Marlow Museum website (opens in a separate window)

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.



Tues 31-Oct-17




Main Hall, Liston Hall


Sculls, skiffs and Steamers: the history of Salters Steamers


Simon Wenham


Mon 20-Nov-17




Garden Room, Liston Hall


Home Front


Andy Ford


Thur 23-Nov-17




Main Hall, Liston Hall


The Vikings


Barbara Askew

see the full programme




Sad News:



Gordon Hopewell ( - Sept 2017)

We are very sad to report that Gordon Hopewell has passed away, he will be greatly missed. Gordon has organised and led many of the Marlow Society Walks and has been the leader of the walks group in recent years. There will be a celebration of his life and a cremation in the Milton Chapel at Chilterns Crematorium (Whielden Lane, Amersham, HP7 0ND) on Monday 30th October at 1.00 pm



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
In response to requests from the Marlow Society and the Marlow Town Council, Red Kite agreed that the picture of Nesta Liston, which has been in New Court House since its gift to the town, should be installed in Liston Hall.
... read more

The Obelisk, Marlow

The Obelisk
In May 2016 MB reported: I began the pressure on Bucks CC in Jul 2012 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 for original May 2016 report and August and October 2017 updates.

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.
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.
We understand that Highways England is currently (Aug 17) studying a range of traffic works for the Thames Valley including a Junction 3A on the M40 serving eastern High Wycombe. It will be well into 2018 before any further news can be expected.



Recent Events:


Heritage Open Day

Heritage Open Day - Sat 9th Sept 2017
New Court, Marlow

This was a last chance to visit this prestigious Victorian mansion in the centre of Marlow, designed by a former president of RIBA.
All were welcome. Free of charge.   visit page

Heritage Open Day - New Court

Marlow Remembers Passchendaele

Marlow Remembers WW1 - Passchendaele.
Sunday July 30th 10:30am - 4:00pm,

The Causeway.
A commemorative event to mark the 100th anniversary of the Battle of Passchendaele and the role of Marlow men in it.
Free exhibition, displays and songs. Free guided walks at 11:00am and 2:00pm.
visit page

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

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.
visit page

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.
visit page

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
visit page

... 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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