Marlow conservation area

This conservation area character survey describes the main features of the special architectural and historic interest which justifies the designation of Marlow as a conservation area. The full document can be downloaded below.

Marlow is an attractive medieval market town which benefits greatly from its setting on the river Thames. The historic core is a conservation area. The current built environment is a product of three distinct phases of development which combine to form a town of considerable historic interest and character: Medieval core, Riverside, and Residential areas.

The centre has a basic grid layout that overlies the older medieval street pattern. This layout is dominated by the High Street, which focuses at the southern end on the Grade I listed Marlow Suspension Bridge (Tierney Clark 1831), a key landmark in the town. The core of the town, High Street, West Street, Spittal Street and Chapel Street, is compact and densely developed, with the western side of the High Street particularly tightly knit. The majority of buildings front directly onto the pavement, grander houses being the only significant exceptions. To the immediate east in St Peter Street and Station Road, the grain is looser until the Victorian phase of development is reached, where densities again become high, with a traditional pattern of terraces, villas and semi-detached dwellings.

Within the conservation area there are 163 statutorily listed buildings (as at January 2000). Two are listed at Grade I, (buildings of national importance): the Suspension Bridge and Marlow Place, while 17 others are listed at Grade II*.