A brief mention of The Plough in Little Marlow Road two weeks ago brought an email from a former Friday night regular requesting some pictures.

Thank you Dennis: pleased to oblige, although other readers may have seen a couple of these before.

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First one, top left, shows an eager party about to depart for a day trip.

Probably dating from the 1960s when most Marlow pubs organised an annual seaside coach trip, Brighton or Southend being the most popular destinations.

Back then the Plough was a Wethered House.

Second picture, when Wethered had become part of the Whitbread Empire, is of popular and long serving landlord and landlady Jim and Rhoda Tubb with a promotional horse and dray beer delivery.

The centre pictures are after an extension bar had been built on the left side, although the first dates from when the line of cottages to the east were still in place.

Soon after, these were demolished and rebuilt, although it caused considerable local controversy at the time as the originals were said to be still in a good state of repair and all occupied.

Certainly they were no worse than the line of Chapel Street cottages.

Bottom left is a nice painting by Marlow artist Harry Dover who presented it to one of the last tenants, Rae Flint.

The Plough became an Indian restaurant, although it did not last that long. In fact, despite the popularity of Indian food not many pub/Indian restaurant conversions seem to survive for any length of time.

Locally, ones at Cores End, Bourne End (the Heart In Hand), Lane End (the Osbourne Arms) and Pinkneys Green (the Robin Hood) have all opened and then closed, becoming residential developments.

And finally, the saddest picture, the demolition of this once popular pub.

Many memories relate to Saturdays: being closest to the Football Ground it was especially busy on match days, with loyal Marlow F.C. supporter and Town Councillor the late Maurice Oram usually one of many in there.

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But then Maurice was to be regularly seen in several other Marlow pubs as well!

Contact Michael at michael@jazzfans.co or 01628 486571