Old Images of Marlow, Buckinghamshire

Old picture of Marlow Buckinghamshire published 1797

Glimpse history through old images of Marlow, Buckinghamshire, England.

Marlow has pretty, historic streets and weeping willows along the banks of the Thames. First footage of the attractive Buckinghamshire town appears during the First World War, which at the time was known as the Great War.

Old Pictures of Marlow

Boulters Lock

Two Edwardian short films, one recorded during the Great War (later known as World war I), and the second filmed in 1919, captured busy days at Boultons Lord, or Boulters Lock.

Boulters Lock And Marlow (1914-1918) – British Pathé on YouTube
Boulters Lock Aka Boultons Lord (1919) – British Pathé on YouTube

First Women’s VIII Boat Race

This was the very first women’s VIII boat race in Britain, happening a few months after the end of the Great War (WW1).

The students at Newnham College (still an all-women’s college a century later in 2019) struggled to find competitors, and Oxford University refused to allow any of their female students to participate. The London School of Medicine, however, agreed to forward a team. 

A small crowd turned out to watch, and British Pathé filmed the historic event.

Ladies Eights Marlow Regatta (1919) – British Pathé on YouTube

Marlow Events in the 1920s

Four short films show various activities on the Thames.

We see the Thames Regatta in 1920, Newnham College winning the Ladies University Boat Race in 1922, the Oxford Blues in 1924, fun and games at the Regatta in 1925, and the Oxford and Cambridge Boat Race 1928.

Thames Regatta AKA Thames Regatta Season Opens (1920) – British Pathé on YouTube
Ladies Uni Boat Race Aka Ladies University Boat Race (1922)- British Pathé on YouTube
Shall We See Ourselves Win (1924) – British Pathé on YouTube
Unique Events At Marlow Regatta (1925) – British Pathé on YouTube
It’s No “Walk Over” For The Light Blues (1928)- British Pathé on YouTube

Sir George Higginson’s Funeral (1927)

In 1927, the oldest general in the British army, Sir George Higginson, died. His military funeral included an early hearse motor vehicle.

The Last Salute (1927) – British Pathé on YouTube

Floods (1929)

A newsreel from 9th December 1929 showed the outcome of the wettest November for 46 years.

Floods at Marlow Weir – British Movietone on YouTube

Marlowe Events In The 1930s

With The Thames At Its Loveliest (1932) – British Pathé on YouTube
Fun And Frolic (1933) – British Pathé on YouTube
Marlow Regatta (1934) – British Pathé on YouTube
Fun At Marlow (1935) – British Pathé on YouTube
Marlow Regatta (1937) – British Pathé on YouTube
Marlow Regatta (1938) – British Pathé on YouTube

Marlow Reach In The 1940s

Marlow Aka Marlow Reach (1942) – British Pathé on YouTube

Marlow Regatta 1954

Marlow – Aquatic Sports (1954) – British Pathé on YouTube

Marlow Caravan Site (1965)

This 1965 short film shows people enjoying their stay in a caravan on a Marlow camping site. Scenes include the crowded swimming pool, the supermarket, and the immaculately maintained gardens around the caravans.

Homes On Wheels (1965) – British Pathé on YouTube

George & Doreen Dereford (1966)

Artists George and Doreen Dereford were filmed working on an Aztec mosaic sculpture at their home in Marlow in 1966.

They’d also completed a mosaic of a Royal Coat of Arms, commissioned for the British Embassy in Tel Aviv.

The film archive holds a letter from George and Doreen, and a news cutting about their work.

Modern Aztec (1966) – British Pathé on YouTube

River Thames in 1969

This footage of the River Thames in 1969 opens with tourists enjoying barge rides.

Later scenes take in the key sights of London from the river.

Marlow And London River Scenes (1969) – British Pathé on YouTube

Marlow Railway Station 1973

Filmed on 15 July 1973 at Marlow railway station.

6998 Burton Agnes Hall, ”THE MARLOW DONKEY” 1973(SLIDE’S) – locomotive67 on YouTube

Marlow in the 1970s

Footage of Marlow’s streets in the 1970s includes heavy traffic and market stalls at the side of the road.

Buckinghamshire Traffic (1970-1979) – British Pathé on YouTube

Marlow’s 1970s Shopfronts

A home cine film shows the shopfronts and banks, filmed from a car.

Buckinghamshire street, 1970’s – Film 35541 – HuntleyFilmArchives on YouTube

Marlow Donkey Railway (1980)

Steam locomotives were brought out of retirement to run along the Marlow Donkey Railway in 1980, bringing lots of steam enthusiasts to the area.

Marlow Donkey Railway, 1980s – Film 1132 – HuntleyFilmArchives on YouTube

Marlow in the late 1980s

Marlow, Bucks – late 80’s – Steve P on YouTube

Late 1980s Christmas

Probably filmed at Christmas 1989.

Marlow High Street, Bucks. Christmas 1989 (I think) – Steve P on YouTube

Marlow in 1990

A quick look at the town back in July 1990.

Marlow, Bucks July 1990 – Steve P on YouTube

Spice Girl Wedding (1998)

On 13th September 1998, Melanie Brown, known as the Spice Girl Mel B and Scary Spice, married stage dancer Jimmy Gulzar, at the 12th century church of St John the Baptist, which was next to their family home.

UK – Spice girl Mel B gets married – AP Archive on YouTube

Queen Elizabeth II (2002)

In June 2002, a statue of Olympic oarsman Steve Redgrave, who hails from Marlow, was unveiled in Higginson Park by Queen Elizabeth II. She was accompanied by the Duke of Edinburgh.

The Queen’s Golden Jubilee visit to Marlow in 2002 – Russell Crombie on YouTube

Marlow in 2011

Drive through Marlow, Buckinghamshire April 19, 2011 – Chiltern Views on YouTube

Marlow Half Marathon

The first video was recorded on Sunday 4th Nov 2012, and shows how wet and muddy the route was.

The second video was recorded on Sunday, 3rd November 2013, showing participants getting ready for the race.

Marlow Half Marathon 2012 – johnjrp01 on YouTube
Marlow Half Marathon 2013 – Preliminaries – johnjrp01 on YouTube

Christmas Lights 2013

Gathering for the annual Xmas Lights switch on event, in November 2013.

Marlow Xmas light switch on – Videoreporterbfp on YouTube

Flooding 2014

Prolonged rainfall led to flooding along the riverside on 15th February 2014.

River Thames Flooding in Marlow UK – Modi Elnadi on YouTube
Flooding – Higginson Park – Marlow Buckinghamshire – River Thames 15th Feb 2014 – Daytripdude on YouTube

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