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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.
These pages are regularly updated, please select here to view the latest version.
Marlow Society Photo Competition
Theme: What the Marlow Conservation Area Means to Me
Please send your entry by 6pm on Thursday 7th September
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
There's lots to do .. if you can become actively involved in furthering the aims of the society, please contact us - email@example.com
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Current and Forthcoming Events:
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 was opened by 2 long-time residents on Sat 18 March at the Marlow Museum.
Heritage Open Day - Sat 9th Sept
New Court, Marlow
A last chance to visit this prestigious Victorian mansion in the centre of Marlow, designed by a former president of RIBA.
All welcome. Free of charge. visit page
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.
Garden Room, Liston Hall
Repairing Marlow Bridge
Museum, Court Garden
Forgotten Marlow (guided walk)
10.00am - 4.00pm
New Court, Marlow
Heritage Open Day
Main Hall, Liston Hall
Investigating travel and communication in Anglo-Saxon England
Please note change of day and date
Stuart Brookes, Institute of Archaeology UCL / MAS
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
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.
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.
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 for original May 2016 report and August 2017 update.
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.
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.
Marlow Remembers WW1 - Passchendaele.
Sunday July 30th 10:30am - 4:00pm,
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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 ...
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
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.
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. ...
Marlow Remembers The Somme - 1st July 2016. visit page
WW1 Conscription - 3rd June 2016. visit page