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Guide to Marlow

A tranquil retreat, Marlow is a picturesque, willow tree-scattered rowing town situated in the Wycombe district of Buckinghamshire. It was recorded in 1015 as ‘Mere Lafan’, meaning “land left after the draining of a pond” in Old English, before being recorded in the Domesday Book as ‘Merlaue’.

Located on the River Thames, Marlow is home to a rowing club founded in 1871, which is one of the main rowing and sculling centres in England. Alongside the picturesque river, some of Marlow’s most tranquil properties can be found. If the waterfront isn’t to your taste, Marlow has many more stunning houses, bungalows and flats to buy or rent, providing opportunities for every taste and budget.

 

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The historic town was also once home to literary legends Percy Bysshe Shelley and Mary Shelley, who moved into a house on West Street in 1816. The former composed The Revolt of Islam there in 1817, while the latter worked on Frankenstein. TS Eliot also lived on West Street during World War I.

As well as having a rich historical background, Marlow is ideal for London commuters as it is only 52 minutes away from London Paddington via train. Alternatively, you can drive 10-15 mins to quicker stations at High Wycombe or Maidenhead.

Marlow’s high street is brimming with everything from opticians to school-wear retailers, and has many independent boutiques supporting local business.

Attractions in the town include the National Trust-owned home of former Prime Minister Benjamin Disraeli; The River and Rowing Museum in Henley-on-Thames; and The Hand & Flowers – the first gastropub to hold two Michelin stars.

If entertaining the children (or grandchildren) is a necessity, Marlow is only 30 minutes away from The Roald Dahl Museum and Story Centre. For adults in need of entertainment, independent brewery Rebellion Beer Co holds tastings and a Q&A on the first Tuesday of each month.

Good schools in the area include Great Marlow and Sir William Borlase’s Grammar. The latter was founded in 1624 by Sir William, who bought land annually to fund the school and in his will, instructed his heir to buy further land to the annual value of £20. In Chapel Street, seven houses still exist which used to be the property of the Borlase Trust.

 

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