Festival of British Archaeology- Rookery Park

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On Sunday the 29th July, the Mayor of Marlow Cllr Mrs Jocelyn Towns opened the Festival of British Archaeology event for Marlow in Rookery Park, which was organised by Marlow Archaeological Society as part of 750 events all over the country promoted by the Council for British Archaeology.

The Mayor confirmed the Town Council’s commitment to investigating and preserving the important heritage and character of the town, and thanked the members of the Society for their hard work and dedicated efforts with archaeological investigations and recording the early history of the town.

A display of many of the Society’s sites in the town created interest as did a demonstration trench that revealed part of the Rookery house which previously stood on this site. The society has  already carried out various excavations to investigate the buildings on this site – the large house built in the 1850s was demolished in the 1960s, but there was previously a  18thC farm, and clues of earlier use too.

The event was a great success with a surprisingly large number of visitors showing interest despite the rain showers.

Many visitors had tales to tell of early Marlow and asked searching questions with some taking the opportunity to join the Society and become involved.  To get involved yourself, contact the Society via their website: http://www.marlow-archaeology.org/

Article author: Paul Merchant

About the author: Founded MyMarlow.co.uk in its original version back in 2000 - yes the internet DID exist back then. Brought up in Marlow, went to school here, now has children at the same schools. Quite clearly loves all things Marlow - hence spending over 2 decades doing this!

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