Glade End Guest House
2 Little Marlow Road, Glade End, Bucks, Marlow, SL7 1HD, United Kingdom
More about Marlow
Danesfield House gardens
All Saints Church graveyard
Marlow Suspension Bridge
Travel Tips for Marlow
If you win a pot, go and see Sir Steve
To be quite honest, I'm not sure how common this actually is.
These guys had just won a pot. In rowing parlance, this means they had won a race. You can see them proudly holding their pots out (they are basically beer tankards, and come in a range of sizes - typically the size has nothing to do with the importance of the race). The ones you see here are pretty standard size though.
Of course, nothing could be better than having your picture taken by Sir Steven Redgrave (well obviously the real one would be better, but his statue makes a good alternative!)
I've lived in or around Reading for most of my life, so I obviously have some affection for the place. Reading is a town that is constantly changing. Twenty years ago it was a bit of a dump. These days a lot of the dingier areas have been renovated or completely rebuilt and some bits of Reading are actually quite nice. A good example of this is the Oracle Centre. The outdoors part of which around the canal has a very cosmopolitan feel as there are many restaurants and bars along the canal side.
Many years ago, Reading was famous for the 3 B's. These days there is some dispute as to exactly what the 3 B's stood for (Beer, Bricks?), but there is no doubt as to one of them - Biscuits.
The firm that made these biscuits (which is unfortunately no longer in existence) has had a long and benevolent relationship with Reading. This biscuit making firm is Huntley and Palmers. The biscuits made by Huntley and Palmers put Reading firmly on the map. They were bought out by Nabisco some years back. Whilst Huntley and Palmers may not mean much to people outside the UK, anyone in Britiain of around 30+ or so will immediately know the name.
Note:- This picture shows the Kennet and Avon canal, NOT the Thames!
London - still on the Thames
Whilst most people know that (London is the capital of England, many foreigners to England get confused of the difference between England, Great Britain and the United Kingdom. Whilst England is in all of these, none of them is actually the same.
Great Britain is made up of England, Scotland and Wales. This is the whole of the larger of the two Islands (Ireland is the smaller island to the west). The United Kingdom on the other hand is made up of Great Britain plus Northern Ireland (the Republic Ireland is made up of the island of Ireland minus Northern Ireland).
Anyhow, back to the subject of (London. London is a very big city which can have very big traffic problems. It is in my opinion though, a very good city for tourists to visit. Whether this be for the shopping (even if you just want to visit Harrods) or the sites (London Eye, Big Ben, Westminster Abbey, Tower Bridge, the Tower of London, Saint Pauls cathedral, Lifeguards Parade, the Parks, the list goes on...), (London has something for pretty much anyone.
Wokingham is another sleepy market town in Berkshire. It's reasonably large, but still retains its old charm and a lot of old buildings. Back in the days when it was customary to demolish old buildings and replace them, Wokingham was suffering at the expense of the rapidly growing Reading, so little change took place - which these days is definitely good news for Wokingham! Wokingham used to have the highest density of pubs per square mile anywhere in the country. There were over 50 just in the small town centre. These days many have closed down as I guess the town just couldn't support them all.
Probably the best known of Wokinghams landmarks is the Old Town Hall right in the middle of the twon centre. This is lovely redbrick building which is at its most ornate on special days for the town when it is decked out in yellow flags with the Wokingham acorn on (an early name for Wokingham was Oakingham).
In less politically correct days, Wokingham was famous for its cock-fighting and bull-baiting. It was also home to highwaymen and a band of local brigands called the 'Wokingham Blacks' whose crimes ranged from poaching to murder. These days Wokingham is a sleepy little town and has none of these 'exciting' activities going on.
See my Travel Tips on the Lucas Hospital (the only grade 1 listed building in Wokingham), The Old Town Hall, The Signal Box at the Railway Station and more.
The little town of Marlow
Marlow is a little town right on the edge of the Buckinghamshire & Berkshire border. This little town is always hustling and bustling, and yet we can never fathom out why? Besides a lot of pubs being there, there is really not much else. It's usually middle class and high class people, snobs, who you see here; you know the type, they go round the tiny place in their great big 4x4's and the women are usually just old muttons dressed as lamb.
Plus you get a lot of b-list famous people living in or around the outskirts of Marlow.