This week we remembered some well known faces in Marlow past and present. How many do you recognise?

Photos and information provided by Michael Eagleton. Scroll down to see the full list of names.

Bucks Free Press:


  1. Richard Silver, soon to celebrCutate 50 years of cutting gent’s hair in Station Road.
  2. Commander Owen Wethered, a member of the brewing family and Remnantz.
  3. Eric Silvey, a garage proprietor, bell ringer and restorer of the All Saints Church clock.
  4. Eddie Price, farmer and pony and trap expert and enthusiast.
  5. Russell Sage, Borlase school master, rowing coach and a stalwart of Marlow Players.
  6.  Dick Simpson, High Street printer amd Rowing Club stalwart.
  7. Gerry Lake, Solicitor, whose offices were at Little Stone House.
  8.  Bill “Peggy” Oram, builder sportsman and sports official; father of Maurice Oram.
  9. Ted Page, from the Clayton Arms, Quoiting Square – last week we had his wife Kath; this week Ted.
  10. Richard Sheehan, also a very well-liked Doctor and another Glade Road resident.
  11. Jim Capaldi, world-renowned drummer with the rock band Traffic; lived at The Old Parsonage.
  12. Kathleen Taylor (Goodway), schoolmistress, short in nature but big in personality
  13. John Spink, a popular and very helpful doctor.
  14. Jim Campbell, Royal British Legion president who died very suddenly in 2013.
  15.  Ernie Southham, former cricketer who later managed the bowling green.
  16.  Diley Davies, school teacher and another regular member of the Marlow Players.
  17. Maurice Jackson, Managing Director of Jacksons’ Mill at Bourne End, who employed many Marlovians; he was also a local magistrate
  18. Ronald Emery Hobdell, cinema manager
  19. General Sir George Higginson, hero of the Crimean War, magistrate and influential Marlow resident.
  20. Tom Goodall, the town’s bicycle transported chimney sweep.
  21. Frank Peddle, schoolmaster and former Marlow FC footballer and official.
  22. Tom Jackson, Town Councillor who lived in Glade Road.
  23. Nesta Liston from New Court, who left her house and estate “for the benefit of the people of Marlow”. Nesta is currently turning in her grave.
  24. Cyril Chalk, shopkeeper, Councillor and Town Mayor.
  25.  Professor John Griffin, the leading campaigner to save Marlow Bridge in the early 1960’s
  26. Brooke Furmstom, gents’ hairdresser, Town Councillor and Mayor.
  27. Alan Coster, Town Councillor and High Street tobacconist.
  28. Francis Smith, schoolmaster and rowing coach: the only face on the page still with us.
  29. Kath Page, long serving landlady of The Clayton Arms, Quoiting Square.
  30. Ivor Coleman, Town Councillor and Mayor, who passed away last year.
  31. William Booth, Sir William Borlase’s School Headmaster, 1927-1955
  32. Canon Daniel Amies, All saints Vicar in the 1940s and 1950s
  33. Evelyn Light, a strong-willed church supporter and daughter of previous vicar.
  34. Tommy Dunham, a major figure in local sports and entertainment, also a governor at Borlase School.
  35.  Robert Shaw, boat builder and Town Councillor.
  36. Alfred Davis, nationally known sportsman, football and rowing.
  37. Jock Cairns, Bucks Free Press journalist, author and historian.
  38. Mary Shelly, who wrote “Frankenstein” whilst living in West Street.
  39. Joe Green, well-known local photographer.
  40. Jim Platt, Director of Platt’s Garage, pictured here in his school days.
  41. Ken “Snakehips” Johnson, world-famous bandleader, dancer and Borlase School’s most famous pupil.
  42. Rachel Brown, microbiologist and historian; another sad loss to the town in 2015.
  43.  Edgar Wallace, famous local writer of thrillers and “B” movies. Died in 1932 so unlikely to be anyone left with personal memories of him. Buried in Little Marlow cemetery.
  44. And last one, a real legend in Marlow should you be old enough to remember her: “Granny” Winterbourne who also assisted at the other end of the life cycle by laying out the deceased.
  45. Fred Butler, sign writer, artist, Town Councillor and Mayor.