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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.



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



An active group within the Marlow Society is the Local History Group. Researching, producing history articles, conducting guided walks and answering questions about the history of Marlow and the surrounding area are some examples of what they do.

Read more about the Local History Group.


If you have any questions about Marlow's history you can contact the group at:



Marlow Remembers WW1

Marlow Remembers WW1
The Marlow Remembers World War 1 website has moved here ( was at ). All displays, information etc. are now in the Marlow History section of this website.


visit Marlow Remembers WW1 - MRWW1


The British Association for Local History - - has selected the Marlow Remembers WW1 Association as the winner of the 2019 Research and Publication Award for the article and display: From Beer to Bombs. These publications can be viewed in this section.



Planning Overview - July 2019: Subjects include: SWBGS Sports Hall, Portlands, Regal House, Strawberry Grove, Planning Community Panel, New Local Plan. ...visit page



Chairman's Report - July 2019 news and views, including The Bridge, Parking, Frohman Status, Wiltshire Road Roundabout, Handy Cross by Bus?, Marlow Carnival, Patricia Burstall Memorial. ...visit page



An Overview - Sept 2018 of some of the items affecting Marlow. Visit this page for notes on :
- Last year's concerns: Unitary authority, Public access to traditionally available areas, Parking.
- New concerns: Flood management, Bridge.
- Advances in Marlow in the last year: Public realm improvements, Air Quality Management Area, Conservation, Heritage Open Day.
- Society Plans: Member volunteers, Digitalisation, History Boards.
- Points to Share: Restoring the Rights.



The GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation) is a European Union legal instrument ensuring the protection of individuals with regard to the processing of personal data.

The GDPR policy of the Marlow Society can be found here.


Please help us stay in contact by emailing with the message 'GDPR. I/We agree to the Marlow Society holding my/our personal details.', followed by your name(s).



Some Forthcoming Events:

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

AIM = Archaeology in Marlow, MAS = Marlow Archaeology.



Current and Future Events:



Thur 24-Oct-19


Liston Hall

Roman roads in Britain

Speaker/Contact (category)

Paddy Lambert (MAS)



Tues 29-Oct-19


Liston Hall

The Great Bath Road

Speaker/Contact (category)

Julian Hunt (MS/LHG)



Tues 26-Nov-19


Liston Hall

Boat building and steam on the Thames

Speaker/Contact (category)

Neil Garside (MS/LHG)



Mon 17-Feb-20


Garden Room, Liston Hall

Virtual Tour of Historic Wycombe

Speaker/Contact (category)

High Wycombe Society (GR)


see the full programme


For events that are current or coming up soon, please see further down this page for more information



Marlow Bridge

The protection and maintenance of Marlow's beautiful bridge is an ongoing challenge - preventing overweight vehicles, while keeping the bridge an open and practical route for local traffic.


Marlow Bridge


visit page ... This page notes some of the thoughts on how to achieve this and some of the specific events and issues that help illustrate the situation.



The Marlow library is a very valuable asset and there are plans to increase the range of facilities it offers the community. There is more information on the Bucks CC, Library website - links below:


Bucks CC ...


Marlow Library



Parking Meters in Marlow: There has been an intention to put parking meters on town centre parking bays that are currently free to park on for a short stay.


more information and background



The Global Business Park management organisation ran a public consultation on suggested improvements to the A404/Marlow roundabout (Westhorpe Interchange). The consultation ran to 1st Feb 2019.

More information on their website



Current and Forthcoming Events:


The Great Bath Road

On Tuesday, 29th October 2019


at 8.00 pm


The Great Bath Road


A lecture by Julian Hunt


Liston Hall, Chapel Street, SL7 1DD


Marlow is very close to one of the great arterial roads of England. Julian Hunt became fascinated with the Bath Road when helping a local history group in Colnbrook. It took three days to get from London to Bath in the 18th century, with a change of horses every 12-15 miles.


Members £3, Visitors £4.50


Refreshments will be available after the lecture


visit page for more information



There will be a lecture by Neil Garside on Boat building and steam on the Thames, on Tuesday, 26th November in the main hall at Liston Hall.


Marlow Museum display - Story of Marlow

The Marlow Museum feature display is
The Story of Marlow - from Prehistory to the Present Day
open: Sat, Sun 1 - 5 pm. Wed 2 - 5 pm (Mar-Oct)
Nov-Feb: Sun 2-4pm
Marlow Museum, Court Garden, SL7 2AE



more information on Marlow Museum website (opens in a separate window)



Please also see the Some Forthcoming Events table higher up this page



In Memory:


follow this link to dedications to departed friends



Very sadly the Society announces the death at the age of 93 of its Vice President Donald "Don" Grattan.


We acknowledge the significant contribution that he made to the community of Marlow. Don became a very active member of the Society and its executive committee following his retirement and was its Chairman in the 1980s. We have in our archives the record of the valuable efforts he made to reduce the noise caused by the opening of the new By-Pass.


In his final years Don ceased to play an active part but he maintained a keen interest in the Society. We offer our condolences to his family.


A tribute from a friend and neighbour can be found here


and more about Don's life can be found at ... donald-grattan-obituary



News Headlines:


The Obelisk, Marlow

The Obelisk


The restoration work on the Obelisk was completed September 2018.


During the restoration, some elements that worsened the decay were discovered: when the gravel around the plinth had been removed, this showed that water seeping through the gravel had been retained and thus created a pool from which water 'wicked' up the plinth encouraging the spalling we have seen.


Further work revealed that the drain below the plinth was blocked. It also revealed the well from which the public water pump in Market Square was supplied. The drain is being rebuilt. ...


visit page for more information, along with the original May 2016 report and August and October 2017 updates.


The Marlow Bookshop

A Positive Impact
(22 Aug 16 but still valid) Soon after the Marlow Bookshop opened in Spittal Street I visited 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 had been in New Court House since its gift to the town and until its sale to the private sector, is now installed in Liston Hall.
... read more

Spittal St Display Spittal St Display

Select image to visit page.


These are two examples, in recent years, of co-operation between the Society and the major property owner in Marlow. We will seek other similar opportunities whilst strictly maintaining our independence.


Some Past Events:


Marlow Remembers WW1 - Albert Langdon

Albert Langdon graveside commemoration
Marlow Remembers WW1
held one of its last graveside commemorations to remember Albert Langdon on 23rd February 2019.

He died of pneumonia after extensive war service 100 years ago. His family came from Wales and the family's homes in Marlow included The Elms in Portlands and Portlands Villas, when his father was the postmaster in Marlow. He had brothers and sisters, and other surnames connected with the family are Mitchell and Plowman, all possibly in the Wycombe or Reading area.
Albert's grave is in the graveyard of what was Holy Trinity Church.



Follow this link for information on Past Events ...


Marlow's overworked Workhouse Heritage Open Day Looking Back Again




To contact The Marlow Society:

Email: tmssecretary@

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


To contact The Local History Group:

Email: tmslocalhistorygroup





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