The Buckinghamshire Historic Towns Project forms part of a national programme of projects funded by English Heritage, based on the archaeology, topography and historic buildings of England’s historic towns and cities. The project reports for Buckinghamshire are being prepared by the Buckinghamshire County Archaeological Service. David Green, based in Aylesbury, is in charge of the whole Project, which covers 30 towns within Buckinghamshire and Milton Keynes.
It is the intention is that the final project reports will help to protect the history, environment and culture of towns, such as Marlow, by recording them in great detail. One aspect of these reports is that they will help to ensure that planning applications respect the towns’ past, present and future.
Most of the towns have already been covered by the Project and each report exceeds 70 pages. See them on the Bucks County Council website http://www.buckscc.gov.uk, select ‘leisure & culture’, then ‘archaeology’, then ‘historic towns’, then you will see the progress of each report in the five Districts being covered.
The Town of Marlow will have its own report and in an attempt to ensure that this report is as accurate as possible, Archaeology in Marlow have already arranged four meetings in 2009, 2010 and 2012. Although AIM can make some comments on the town’s archaeological and distant history, other groups, such as the Marlow Society, can contribute information on the town’s more recent history. Consequently these meetings have given all interested groups and individuals an opportunity to join together with AIM members to make their comments known.
The first comments were made on the ‘bare bones’ of the Marlow report in 2010, followed by comments on the draft report in January 2012. To assist him with his publication, a set of comments on the content and its accuracy were sent to David Green, quicky followed by another communication listing the typographical errors within the draft report. The ‘final report’ is due to be published in March/April 2012.
A generous donation from Marlow Town Council has helped to fund the costs associated with past and future meetings.