As promised two weeks ago here is another of Malcolm McIntyre-Ure’s superb aerial photos of Marlow.

The previous one had Wethered’s Brewery in the centre: this one looks down on Sir William Borlase’s School, its grounds and the surrounding area.

Also this one, unusual for Malcolm, bears an exact date – it was taken on 19th August 1966.

As before, I have numbered a few points of interest. 1 is the Hand & Flowers. Back in those days it was a Courage local, when an order for a half of bitter and a packet of crisps would not be unusual. 2 – Western House. 3 – Remnantz Estate. The house is hidden behind the trees, but the stable block with clock tower is to the right. 4 – West Street Car Park.

5 – The school, founded in 1624: a section of the original building is still in place. Remains of an old bell-pull can be seen high up in the West Street wall, marking the place where the first single doorway entrance once stood. 6 – The former Marlow Air Training Corps headquarters. 7 – Home Meadow. Originally a sloping field, but a marathon project by pupils over a couple of years, I think in the 1930s, levelled it to become a playing field. 8 - Swimming pool. 9 – School canteen.

10 – The former tennis courts. 11 – Former cricket pavilion, which was adapted from the original tin faced school chapel. 12 – The Colonel’s Meadow, the larger of the school’s two playing fields. 13 – The U.R.C. (Congregational) church, before extensions. 14 - Platt’s Garage workshops.

15 – Riley Recreation Ground, now Riley Park. This also showed up in the previous aerial photo, and I mentioned the former brick and tin shelter which is visible bordering Crown Road. A reader asked if this related to the football club who played here from 1870 up to the time of World War One, when it was known as Crown Meadow. No, the football club had a low wooden stand more or less in the same position. The players used a part of the Crown Hotel stable block as changing rooms. The only authentic pictures I have ever seen of this grandstand exist as a backdrop to team line-ups.

16 – The gasworks site, accessed from Cambridge Road. At this date you can just see that only one gasholder was still standing. 17 – All these open fields are now covered by the Barnards Hill and Terrington Hill estates. 18 – The Hanging Hill allotments.

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