Marlow Slipway

SLIPWAY NOTICE:
Please moor alongside the stages.
Do not moor across the ends of the stages.
Mooring limited to a maximum of 3 hours in any 24 hour period.
NO OVERNIGHT MOORING

Marlow Slipway, Right bank below Marlow Bridge, St Peter Street.
A good slipway but no parking ...

Marlow Slipway
Marlow Slipway, St Peter's Road, Right bank below bridge

"Marlow Ferry" by Frederick Walker -


Marlow Ferry by Frederick Walker

George Leslie in "Our River" 1881 says:

Just opposite the door of the little coffee-room of the "Complete Angler", on the other side of the river, is the landing place, at the end of an old street of Great Marlow, which has been immortalized by Walker as the background of his most beautiful water-colour drawing called "The Ferry": A boy rowing a girl across and just reaching the shore. There are swans on the water; the street, with its quaint old houses, is bathed in the warm glow of the afternoon sun. { This street formerly led to an old wooden bridge which crossed the river here } Against a wall is a group of old village gossips, each perfect in individuality, and keeping up a "feeble chirrup" as Homer describes the aged Trojans on the walls of Troy, "like balm crickets on a sunny wall". Children await the arrival of the boat; and the action of the boy rowing and turning to look ahead is simply perfect. On the whole, this exquisite little drawing is perhaps the happiest and most beautiful rendering of the upper Thames that was ever painted. The admirers of Walker would look in vain for the scene from which this drawing was taken. All is now altered; the street still runs down to the water's edge, but on one side a "commodious modern dwelling-house in the Jacobean style of architecture", as the house agent describes it, stands, and has banked up and completely altered the place; and the street is squeezed up by this house and a new Lodge on the pother side. The wooden wall where the old men held their evening chorus, is cold flint now, with string-courses of red brick and stone facings. A fine old barn, which, I believe, formerly belonged to the Knights Templars, has also lately been pulled down. It stood just above the Suspension Bridge; and its foundations gave its destroyers plenty of trouble.