Little Marlow
St John the Baptist parish church
Little Marlow is located in Buckinghamshire
Little Marlow
Little Marlow
Location within Buckinghamshire
Population1,331 [1]
1,438 (2011 Census)[2]
OS grid referenceSU8788
Civil parish
  • Little Marlow
Unitary authority
Ceremonial county
Region
CountryEngland
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townMarlow
Postcode districtSL7
Dialling code01628
PoliceThames Valley
FireBuckinghamshire
AmbulanceSouth Central
UK Parliament
List of places
UK
England
Buckinghamshire
51°35′06″N 0°44′28″W / 51.585°N 0.741°W / 51.585; -0.741

Little Marlow is a village and civil parish in Buckinghamshire, England.

History

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The Church of England parish church of Saint John the Baptist lies at the heart of the village, not far from the river and next to the Manor House. The original construction of the church is Norman, dating from the final years of the 12th century. Most of the building was built during the 14th and 15th centuries.

Little Marlow was once the site of a Benedictine convent dedicated to the Blessed Virgin Mary. The convent belonged to Bisham Abbey. It was seized by the Crown in the Dissolution of the Monasteries in 1547 and was eventually demolished in 1740. Today the village is in a scenic location on the River Thames, although home to a large sewage works, with exceptional birdwatching habitats on the lakes created from former gravel extraction sites.

There are two public houses in the village: the Kings Head and the Queens Head.

Geography

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Little Marlow is located along the north bank of the River Thames, about a mile east of Marlow. The toponym "Marlow" is derived from the Old English for "land remaining after the draining of a pool". In 1015 it was recorded as Merelafan. Little Marlow is surrounded by the Little Marlow Lakes Country Park.

Hamlets in the parish of Little Marlow include Coldmoorholme, Fern, Handy Cross, Sheepridge, and Winchbottom.

The village cottages are set around a large space, surrounded by lime trees, that is used as a cricket ground and village green where an annual fête is held.

Culture

Little Marlow appears briefly in Mary Shelley's 1826 science fiction novel The Last Man, in a sequence where the novel's protagonist recounts how the village's residents went about trying to prevent themselves from falling ill with the plague.

Mel B was a one-time resident of Little Marlow.[3]

In 2021, Little Marlow was used as a temporary filming location for the Star Wars series Andor.[4]

References

  1. ^ Neighbourhood Statistics 2001 Census
  2. ^ "Civil Parish population 2011". Neighbourhood Statistics. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 19 November 2016.
  3. ^ "Spice Girl keeps her big day private". The Irish Times. Retrieved 8 February 2021.
  4. ^ "Obi-Wan Kenobi Set Photos Show Massive Alien Planet Set". ScreenRant. 17 January 2021. Retrieved 8 February 2021.

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