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Welcome to The Marlow Society

The Marlow Society is a registered charity (no. 262803) 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.



1960 - 2020

Marlow Society - 60 Years - 1960 to 2020

We were formed in 1958 as the Marlow Bridge Preservation Society whose purpose was to prevent the 1832 suspension bridge from being dismantled and replaced by a modern structure. The Marlow Bridge Preservation Society became The Marlow Society in 1960.



Of Locks and Weirs

Of Locks and Weirs - a Marlow History article by Janet Smith - added July 2020
Locks and weirs are an integral part of the management of the Thames. Our weir, in particular, is often seen as a recreational asset, where canoeists can enjoy practicing their white-water skills. It is, in fact, a piece of industrial archaeology with a very long history.


In this article we look at the origins of our lock and weir, and how they have evolved over the centuries to their present form. ...visit page



April 2020 Newsletter - Chairman's Report / Planning News and comment, Financial Summary (the society's accounts), Little Marlow Lakes Country Park, The Shape of Things to Come - Bucks Unitary Council, Bridge Protection, History Article - The Bombing of Marlow 1944, Marlow Society at 60. ...visit page



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.



WDC Regeneration Strategy for High Wycombe, Princes Risborough and Marlow

WDC Regeneration Strategy for High Wycombe, Princes Risborough and Marlow
Wycombe District Council commissioned this strategy so that it could, in part or whole, be combined with those of the other districts and the county council, to create a Buckinghamshire-wide regeneration strategy to be adopted once the new unitary authority comes into being in April 2020. .. extract from Forward


Read/Download .. (.pdf 8Mb)



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).



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 - there is information via this link to the Bucks CC, Library website.



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:



Due to the Public Health situation - Events are on hold or cancelled until further notice.




Marlow Museum is currently closed until further notice.


During this period, there is an Objects in Focus feature on the museum website


Marlow Museum display - Story of Marlow

The Marlow Museum feature display, when it reopens, will be
The Story of Marlow - from Prehistory to the Present Day
opening times when things are back to normal will be:
open: Mar-Oct: Sat, Sun 1 - 5 pm. Wed 2 - 5 pm
Nov-Feb: Sun 2-4pm

Marlow Museum, Court Garden, SL7 2AE



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



In Memory:


follow this link to dedications to departed friends



News Headlines:



Some of these items go back a few years, but continue to be listed here as illustrations of the Marlow Society's policy and involvement.


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:



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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