His thimbles were made of brass which he sourced from Temple Brass mills just a mile upstream at Bisham.It is estimated that Lofting made as many as two million thimbles a year.

On the Thames for example you will find The Tower of London, Hampton Court and Windsor Castle.The steep and wooded bank opposite is Quarry Wood and as its name suggests there was a quarry here in medieval times. Ramblers Charity England & Wales No: 1093577 Scotland No: SC039799           © Ramblers 2020 She of course was the first woman to fly solo from Britain to Australia. Bourne End Week takes place each year at the beginning of June. After about 500 metres there is a footpath to the right. The scouts named this one Sherriff Island after their benefactor. Sulphur and saltpetre were imported into London by the East India Company and brought upriver to Bourne End by barge. I didn’t know if I’d be able to do this at Bourne End. 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. Today it is a private house set in gardens which are open to the public on summer weekends but it was once an inn called the Rose and Crown. They are often called ‘aits’ or ‘eyots’ (pronounced aights) which is an Old English name for an island.Continue along the riverside path until you are opposite a large house that looks like acastle.Kings and queens have chosen to build many of their palaces on rivers. It was made by moving bobbins over a pillow on which an intricate pattern was laid out with pins.Bobbins were sometimes made of bone but around here were more often of wood and the women earned a pittance for their long hours bent over their lace making pillows. Barges still needed to be hauled over rollers into the lock but at least it was safer than the flashlock it replaced. Today there are controls on development in areas prone to flooding like this.A plan has also been developed to raise the level of the park to protect houses that have already been built but it has been shelved for the time being due to lack of funds.Floodplains may not provide land suitable for building but they can provide flat ground suitable for sports. She was a vivacious social climber and a renowned hostess who entertained many of the personalities of the time.Quarry Wood Hall, known to locals as the Cardboard CastleContinue along the riverside path for 200 metres or so until you see the pitches of Marlow Rugby Club on your left.
Follow the road and shortly after it bends round to the left look for the second house on the left which is number 31 called The Garth.

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.