PHOTO GALLERY: Swan Upping arrives in Marlow!

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Swan Upping is the annual census of the swan population on certain stretches of the Thames. This historic ceremony dates from the twelfth century when the Crown claimed ownership of all  swans, and they were regarded as a delicacy at banquets.

Nowadays the cygnets are weighed and measured to obtain estimates of growth rates and the birds are examined for any sign of injury. More info is at

You can still catch them as they depart from Marlow on Wednesday 17th July 2013,  noting the schedule below. There should be plenty of swans to inspect in Higginson Park!

  • Marlow Bridge 09.00 – Departure point
  • Hurley Lock 10.30
  • Hambleden Lock 12.00
Here’s our gallery:

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Article author: Paul Merchant

About the author: Founded 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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