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Special opening of historic Marlow buildings tomorrow
A VENERABLE treasure trove of history will be unlocked for the Marlow public to sift through on Sunday.
An selection of properties grouped in the Wethered Road area are to open especially as part of English Heritage’s annual Open Days Weekend.
Volunteers from The Marlow Society will be running the event, which will give visitors a chance to see historical sights in the town which are normally shut.
Holy Trinity Church of England School celebrates its centenary this year and this will form part of the attractions on the day.
A tour of the school, showing how it has changed through the years via a display of photographs and peruse the old admission registers and log books, will be on offer.
Old Trinity Church, opposite the school is opening to the public for the first time for many years.
Organiser Geoff Wood said: "It is a Gothic Revival church designed by the famous architect Gilbert Scott and opened in 1852. It was de-consecrated in 1976 and converted into office premises, beautifully done with minimal impact on original features.
"All the stained glass, mosaics and stonework remain in excellent condition and can be easily viewed. A photographic exhibition of the church and its history will be on display."
Also in the church will be an exhibition by Marlow Archaeological Society, showing a substantial excavation in Rookery Park earlier this year, funded by the Heritage Lottery, which confirmed that parts of an early farmhouse still exist.
These include the cellar, one wall of which was constructed in chalk blocks suggesting an even earlier building. Information and photographs of the excavation will be displayed, and MAS will provide guided tours to a small trench open on the actual site in Rookery Park.
A short distance along Wethered Road is Marlow Town Cemetery and its pretty Edwardian chapel owned and managed by Marlow Town Council.
The Marlow Remembers World War One Committee is planning events starting next year to commemorate major events of the Great War and to honour the fallen. The committee will be holding an exhibition to launch their programme.
Organisers said there will be ample free parking on site, refreshments on sale and a fun quiz for the kids.
If you are a former pupil or have connections to the school, you can get your hand print painted on a tile and join the "helping hands" wall which has been running for years and records generations of pupils.
Entry everywhere is free of charge and the event runs from 10am to 4pm.
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