Macdonald Compleat Angler
Bisham Road, Marlow Bridge, Marlow, Buckinghamshire, SL7 1RG, United Kingdom
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Travel Tips for Marlow
Mary Shelley lived here
The writer, Mary Shelley, her famed for writing 'Frankenstein' actually lived in the town of Marlow for a little while, this is the only bit here that really interests me to tell the truth.
The cottage where she lived in West Street was originally called 'Albion House' but is now called Shelley Cottages, they only lived here from 1816 to 1817 though, so not for very long. Her cottage was the one with the green bin by the door.
There is one of those blue plaques on the cottage to prove that Mary Shelley lived here, but it's unfortunately covered up with the green foilage at present.
Cricket - a mystery to a large part of the world
This is a very traditional British Sport, that has become popular in several parts of the world and remains highly obscure in many other parts.
In the U.S.A. for example, they tend to think that it is some bizarre baseball with rules that are completely unfathomable.
However in Britain, we thoroughly enjoy just sitting down and hearing the thud of leather on willow as we sip a drink. (the balls are made of leather and the bats of willow wood).
If you don't already understand the rules, I won't try and explain them here as I would run out of characters very quickly! bats, pads, balls, boxes (it tends to be played by males, and a box is a certain protective device that only a male would need to wear - a cricket ball is very hard and heavy), score cards, pencils, umpire, stumps, bails, errr have I forgotten anything???
Oh OK, beer
Seven Cornered Alley
between All Saints Church, which is next to the bridge, and The George and Dragon pub is an alley. If you walk down in it you will find it comes out to a road. Across the road is another alley which has seven corners before you reach the other side. My advice is to take someone with you and not walk it alone, although I don't know of anyone being hurt there. However the walls made of brick are high and you won't be seen while you're in there.
The reason most people visit Windsor is because of the Royal connection.
The Queen still lives in Windsor Castle quite often (she has several official residences and moves between them).
It is this Royal Residence that brings most tourists to Windsor. This is Windsor Castle. It is the oldest continuously inhabited royal residence in Britain, and was initially built out of wood in 1070 by William the Conqueror.
King George V was so fond of Windsor castle, he changed his family surname from a very Germanic Saxe-Coburg-Gotha to Windsor, no doubt in an attempt to Anglicize the Royal Family at the same time!
Windsor is also quite a historic town, and has some very old and interesting buildings, as well as some seriously expensive property! You do need to be pretty affluent to live there...
A nice walk in Windsor is off from the Castle down the 'Long Walk' which is what you can see in the picture here. It can get pretty busy at times, and if you are really lucky, you might see one of the Royals out with their horses!
Windsor is also very close to the River Thames.
To anyone in the UK, Broadmoor is infamous. Apparently, it is (was) the first custom-built criminal lunatic asylum in the world and received its first patients in 1863. Broadmoor is Crowthorne's major claim to fame (not that it necessarily wants it!)
The building itself is classically Victorian, although very recently building work has hidden some of this. The hospital houses about 500 men, and 120 women.
The book, the 'Surgeon of Crowthorne' is written about a very dangerous Broadmoor inmate (many years ago) who was very well educated, and was responsible for a large chunk of the first dictionary to be published (the Oxford English Dictionary).
There have been some very well known inmates of Broadmoor over the years including one of the Kray twins, but probably the most famous 'guest' at present is Peter Sutcliffe (A.K.A. the Yorkshire Ripper) who was responsible for killing a lot of women in the 1980s from memory.
In 1952, an inmate escaped and killed a little girl in a local village. This caused a huge demand for an alarm system if anothr inmate were to escape. to this day, the Broadmoor Siren is tested every Monday morning at 10am and can be heard for many miles. An all clear is then sounded 2 minutes later. However I can only really remember one escape from Broadmoor, and that was quite some while back, it certainly isn't common, and nobody in Crowthorne ever appears to be concerned by it.
Macdonald Compleat Angler
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Address: Bisham Road, Marlow Bridge, Marlow, Buckinghamshire, SL7 1RG, United Kingdom