Marlow Archaeology re-open Rookery Park excavation (27 & 28 July)

After a successful excavation in 2013, MAS are revisiting the site in Rookery Park, Marlow in an attempt to put a date on the earlier building that was revealed.

Marlow Archaeology will be reopening an excavation in Rookery Park, Marlow on Saturday and Sunday 27 & 28 July, as part of the National Festival of Archaeology.

The excavation will take place between about 10.30am and 3.30pm on each day.

Between 2011 and 2013, Marlow Archaeological Society (MAS) carried out excavations to investigate the remains of The Rookery, a Victorian villa in what is now the park. It was the location of a 18th Century farmhouse, which was replaced by the villa in about 1850. This was subsequently altered and extended, being demolished in the 1960’s and the area turned into a park. There was also a suspicion that there were also much earlier buildings, possibly a Chapel associated with the Knights Templar of the 13thC. Excavation revealed parts of the 1775 farmhouse and a cellar with chalk block walls. Evidence associated with the cellar walls indicated a construction date around 1670, but no records have been found of an earlier building on the site.

It seems unlikely that this was the site of a chapel, but the nature of the earlier building remains a mystery. Our excavation may shed light on the entrance to the cellar and provide further evidence of its origin.

It is important to investigate and record our historic heritage assets in order better to inform planning decisions and maintain the distinctive character of Marlow.

Everyone is very welcome to come and see what is revealed.

Bucks Gardens Trust Talk – Saturday 27 April – Kate Harwood on Geoffrey Jellicoe

Just a quick reminder of the Bucks Gardens Trust’s final Spring talk for 2019 on Saturday 27th (April) – Kate Harwood on Geoffrey Jellicoe, 1900-1996, English architect, town planner, landscape architect, garden designer and author, his greatest interest being landscape and garden design;  undoubtedly one of the 20th century’s leading landscape architects with a career spanning almost seventy years.

Kate will take us on a journey through some of his most significant works – a number being within striking distance of Buckinghamshire.

The talk will take place at the Bucks County Museum, starting at 2.30pm with tea to follow.   The cost to members is £12 and for guests, £14.

If you have not already booked for Kate’s talk and wish to come, please could you be kind enough to contact Rosemary Jury at: or 01296 715491.   Thank  you.

Robert Penson Lecture in Garden History, Oxford, 25 June

The Robert Penson Lecture in Garden History is at St John’s College, Oxford, on Tuesday 25 June 2019 at 5.15 pm. The lecture will be held in The Auditorium, Garden Quadrangle, St John’s College. It will be followed by a reception at which all are welcome.

Speaker:  Mr Michael Lear, Curator and Landscape Architect (Lear Associates) and Trustee, Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.

Title:  ‘How can a knowledge of plants inform garden history?

The lecture is free and open to all.

For further information see:

The Lawrence Brothers and the Indian Mutiny. Weds. 20 March, at 8pm

The Buckinghamshire Branch of the Historical Association meets again next Wednesday, 20 March, at 8pm, when Tom Shannon of Oxford Metrics plc and Soldiers of Oxfordshire Museum will be speaking on The Lawrence Brothers and the Indian Mutiny.


Venue: Friends’ Meeting House, Rickfords Hill, Aylesbury HP20 2RT.


Everyone welcome: admission charge of £3 to non-members of the Historical Association.


More information on the Branch may be found at their website: