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Swan Upping in Marlow 2019

July 16 - July 17

top and right photos (c)

What is Swan Upping?

Swan Upping is the census of the swan population on certain stretches of the Thames, which takes place during the third week of July every year. 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. 

The Queen’s Swan Marker and the accompanying Swan Uppers of the Vintners’ and Dyers’ Livery Companies use traditional Thames rowing skiffs in their five-day journey upstream.

MyMarlow photos from last year:

Detailed local timings

The local observation points and times are as follows (all times given are approximate!!):

  • Tuesday 16th July 2019
    Eton Bridge 08.30 – Departure point
    Boveney Lock 09.15
    Boulters Lock 12.30
    Cookham Bridge 13.30
    Marlow Lock 17.30  (the boats then head to the Compleat angler and Marlow Rowing club to moor up)
  • Wednesday 17th July 2019
    Marlow Bridge 09.00 – Departure point
    Hurley Lock 10.30
    Hambleden Lock 12.00
    Henley Town 13.15
    Marsh Lock 15.30
    Shiplake Lock 17.00
    Sonning Bridge 18.00


July 16
July 17
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