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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.

Read more about us ...



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:



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.



Parking Meters in Marlow: There is an intention to put parking meters on town centre parking bays that are currently free to park on for a short stay. A petition against this ran from 17th October to 14th November 2017 and collected over 7400 signatures voting for BCC to withdraw the proposals. There is information on the petition result at - https://democracy. mgEPetitionDisplay.aspx? ID=4302


BCC continued with the next stage, which was a consultation period for one month from 9th February to 10th March 2018, with a drop in session on 15th February at Sir William Borlase's school. There is more information about this and other proposals in the Buckinghamshire County Council document Marlow Key Decision Report (pdf 283kb).


The online consultation questionnaire and more information was available on the BCC website at . this has has now closed.


The Society has worked closely with the Marlow Town Council and the Chamber of Trade and Commerce to oppose the Bucks County Council plan to change this currently free parking in Marlow to paid parking. The Society's submission to the consultation is here (.pdf) .


Unfortunately, we feel that the whole procedure adopted by the County Council has been a mixture of misinformation, concealed information and worse. The statistics used to support its argument have been shown to be selective in the extreme. We await the next step.



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 - November 2017: Subjects include: Parking issues, Applications worsening the parking situation, Marlow Society response to the Local Plan, 4 town houses impact on heritage buildings, New Court, Marlow Sports club pavilion, Some words of praise where due, Please help us speak up for the preservation of the character of Marlow. ...visit page



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


Marlow Bridge


Marlow Bridge Study - Oct 2017
a report commisioned by Transport for Buckinghamshire
extract: The purpose of this report is to explore the current measures and to analyse other options to reduce the risk of overweight vehicles from accessing the bridge....
view / download report (.pdf size 3Mb)


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 tmsheritage@


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:


Marlow Museum display - Hidden Bisham

The Marlow Museum feature display is
Hidden Bisham
open: Sat, Sun 1 - 5 pm. Wed 2 - 5 pm.
Marlow Museum, Court Garden, SL7 2AE
Bisham, listed in the 1086 Doomsday book as Bistesham, has a long and rich history - The Knights Templars, Anne of Cleeves, the Hobys, the Vansittart-Neales, and village life centred around the manor for centuries, until a major change in 1965...
more information on Marlow Museum website (opens in a separate window)

Some Forthcoming Events:

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

AIM = Archaeology in Marlow, MAS = Marlow Archaeology.



Sun 20-May-18




meet at Marlow Museum, Court Garden


Town Walk


Peter Bailey 01628 476610


Mon 21-May-18




Garden Room, Liston Hall


Marlow's Overworked Workhouse


Janet Smith


Tues 26-Jun-18




Meet at tba on booking


Visit to Chiswick House & Hogarth Museum


Early Booking Essential, Peter Bailey 476610


Tues 10-Jul-17




Meet at tba on booking


Visit to Basildon Park and Falklands Chapel, Pangbourne College


Early Booking Essential, Adam Baxter 475467 or email or Keith Ray 472579

see the full programme




Sad News:



Gordon Hopewell

Gordon Hopewell
(24 Dec 1933 - 30 Sep 2017)
We said farewell to Gordon at the Milton Chapel in Amersham on Monday 30 October 2017. It was billed as a celebration of his life and that is exactly what happened ...
read more



News Headlines:


Seat in memory of Margaret and Derek Done

Seat in memory of Margaret and Derek Done
The loss of Margaret Done and then her husband Derek last year was a great loss to their family and many friends and colleagues here in Marlow. Thanks to the Done family we now have a lasting memorial to Margaret and Derek. If you walk down to the Thames Path at Gossmore you have the opportunity of sitting on the memorial bench installed in their memory. Linger for a while, remember them and enjoy the privilege of living in Marlow and having the wonderful views of which the one across the river is one that they loved.
MEB 24-Oct-17
visit page

The Marlow Bookshop

A Positive Impact
(22 Aug 16 but still valid) This morning 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.



Some Past 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 30th July 2017 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 29th April 2017 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


... more in the Past Events section.




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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