Great Marlow Almshouses


Data provided by Julian Hunt, see Julian Hunt's Local History website.

He gathered the material in preparation for the book Marlow - A Pictorial History and has kindly allowed the Buckinghamshire Family History Society to reproduce it here


1610 20th July Charity Commissioners
1) John Brinkhurst
2) Sir William Borlase & 11 others
All that messuage or tenement situate at the end of Marlow Bridge, within the parish of Great Marlow, and all that barn curtilage and barn houses adjoining the Parsonage Lane in Great Marlow, and the close near the Thames side within the said parish called Pond Close, and 3a
1r 0p of arable land in the great common field, and all those four small tenements then used by the said John Brinkhurst as almshouses built for poor people, situate in Oxford Lane by Mearefield Gate in the parish of Great Marlow, with all and singular the appurtenances to hold to the said trustees and their heirs to the use of John Brinkhurst for his life, and after his decease to the use of the said trustees….


1614 Death of John Brinkhurst succeeded by nephew John Brinkhurst


1827 Property of Oxford Lane Almshouses Charity Commissioners
1) Three houses in Peter Street, a wharf on the bank of the Thames, and 3a 1r of land in a field called Marlow Field, let on lease for 21 years commencing 25 March 1822, to Thomas Gibbons as yearly tenant, at a rent of £35
2) A house in Church Lane called the Barge Pole, let on lease for 21 years commencing 29 September 1822, to Thomas Wethered Esq at a rent of £15 per annum.
3) A house at the corner of Peter Street, let to Lydia Beenham, as yearly tenant, at a rent of £8 8s.
4) A house and shop in Church Lane, let to Ann Wix, as yearly tenant, at a rent of £6 6s.
5) A piece of ground adjoining Mr Thomas Gibbon’s wharf, let on lease for 21 years commencing Lady Day 1827, to the late Sir James N Morris, at the yearly rent of £5 5s. This lease is now vested in his widow Lady Morris


1861 17 July Thames Lawn Deeds via Mark Wyatt
1) Sir William Robert Clayton of Harleyford bart
William Wright of Marlow Mills paper manufacturer
Owen Wethered of Marlow Esq
Rev Frederick Bussell Lieut Gen in H.M. Army
Lawrence William Wethered of Marlow Esq
Peter Borgnis of Marlow Esq
Thomas Rolls of Marlow coal merchant
Rev Francis Ashpitel formerly of Lane End Fingest now of Great Hampden clerk
George Henry Vansittart of Bisham Abbey Esq
Rev Thomas Edward Powell of Bisham clerk
Rev Wadham Huntley Skrine of Camley Corner Bisham clerk
[Trustees of Brinckhurst's Charity]
2) Thomas Somers Cocks of Thames Bank Marlow Esq

All that Wharf situate lying and being on the North East side of St Peter Street in Great Marlow aforesaid fronting the River Thames together with the small piece of garden or shrubbery land adjoining the same on the north east side thereof which said Wharf and piece of land were formerly called Pond Close many years since in the occupation of John Pond afterwards in the occupation of Thomas Gibbons the elder then in the several occupations of Sir Thomas Nicoll Morris and Thomas Gibbons the younger but now of Thomas Somers Cox and Messrs William Edward and Sydney James Gibbons
Schedule begins with foundation deed to John Brinkhurst’s almshouses, Oxford Lane, 20 July1610


1873 2 Dec Charity Commissioners
Consent for sale of property at Church Passage


1874 18 May Michael Davies’s Deeds
1) Trustees of Brinckhurst Almshouses Charity
Lawrence William Wethered of Stubbings House Maidenhead
Peter Bornis of Highfields Great Marlow
Rev. Francis Ashpitel late of Lane End, Fingest but then of Great Hampden
George henry Vansittart of Bisham Abbey
Rev. Thomas Edward Powell of Bisham
Rev. Wadham Huntley Skrine of Bisham
2) Hoare’s Trustees
£1,333 6s 8d

Site of Barge Pole Inn now closed
(14) Farrier’s Shop
(15) Farrier’s Shed
(16) Cottage in occ J Truss
(17) Cottage in occ J Collins
(18) Shed in occ J Truss
(19) Cottage in occ widow Heath
(20) Cottage in occ W Shaw jun
(21) Cottage in occ W Shaw sen
(22) Shed

[Numbers from Dickinson’s plan 1991]


1969 Almshouses demolished and replaced by flats.

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