It’s Valentines, after all…
Marlow owes its existence to the fact that a road once crossed a river. In British economics, that creates an opportunity for transfer and sale of goods, and so for a village. By 1227, there was a market in Marlow, and, in 1832, a chain bridge, a prototype for the much larger Széchenyi Chain Bridge across the River Danube in Budapest.
Fortified with a pub-pint, we ventured along the River Walk through the All Saints Church and along the Marlow Weir, one of the first Pound Locks with (now familiar) gates at either end and a pond between whose level could rise and fall. (Earlier designs with a single gate were called Flash Locks).
‘not a warm day nor a crowded walk. But it was a good outing to explore another village upstream along the Thames.
‘And a chance to marvel that Kayakers and Snowdrops would each brave the cold conditions this time of year.