Boats make their way past weirs by using locks and we will stop at Marlow lock later. Stop just before the bridge, look across the river at the rowing club.Marlow’s development was driven by two things – its river trade with London and its role as a river crossing point.
Gunpowder is made by grinding sulphur, charcoal and saltpetre separately and then combining them in the correct proportions.Here again the Thames had a role to play. It is a bustling, lively little town; not very picturesque on the whole, it is true, but there are many quaint nooks and corners to be found in it”.Boating was already something of a Victorian craze and ‘Three Men in a Boat’ encouraged it further. When you are ready follow the lane past the pub and cross the railway carefully. We will find out how they did that at the next stop.We will leave this spot with a literary description of Marlow weir written in 1896 by poet Joseph Ashby-Sterry in his book.
From there follow the path over Winter Hill from where there are spectacular views of the river.Marlow is a fashionable commuter town on the Thames, halfway between Oxford and London. There are a lot of islands like this in the Thames. Young birds were highly valued for food and were often served at royal banquets.Did you know that all the swans in Britain have just three owners? Discover how the Victorians found new uses for the river and made it a playground for the upper classes, and see the leisure activities that continue along the riverbank today.
So how did they do it?The answer is that weirs had a removable section called a “flashlock”.
Some of the kids down Farley way is fair terrors.
Retrace your steps back to the river and cross the railway bridge. So now there are two Marlow regattas each year!Marlow is also the home town of famous Olympic rower Sir Steve Redgrave. After about 25 metres take the footpath on the right signposted to Marlow Lock.
The beautiful settings that they provide have always attracted wealthy people to build houses along the banks. Stop at the fourth kissing gate which is just past the end of an island in the river and opposite a prominent two-storey boathouse.On aerial photos you can clearly see some unnatural circular shapes in the fields here. It was then that he first started writing plays to raise money for a new boat.His most famous work is ‘Journey’s End’ which is a play based on his experiences in the trenches during the First World War. Bourne End is located on the River Wye which flows from High Wycombe and enters the Thames just beyond the railway bridge.