In 1721 Marlow Place was built for John Wallop, who later became the 1st Earl of Portsmouth. In its early years it was host to the highest of society, George II is said to have stayed.
At the end of the 18th century it was acquired by the Royal Military Academy as an annex to house the overflow from their junior department at Remnantz in West Street. In the 1950s the house was a finishing school for girls. Now it is used for offices.
Marlow Place is one of only two Grade 1 listed structures in the town, the other being the famous bridge.
The house’s claim to national importance is its architecture which has been ascribed to Thomas Archer. It has been described as a highly ornate box of a house, complete with pediments, pilasters and a grand external staircase.
An Acacia tree and a tall Plane tree stand near the stable block.
Best viewed from the May Balfour garden, which is entered from Institute Road opposite the library, the Plane towers to 30 metres, taller than its cousins in the park and is possibly the tallest tree in the town centre. The photo shows the Plane in the distance and to the left of the building.
Easily admired from Station Road near its junction with St Peters Street, the Acacia grows in the small garden of a house built in the old stables of Marlow Place, now called Archer Court.
During the winter of 2009 Mr and Mrs Warren, who own the Acacia, commissioned work to keep their tree healthy and safe. The pictures below show the trees before and after pruning:
Like many of the mature trees in the centre of Marlow there is a tree preservation order on the trees at Marlow Place.
The Tree Council estimate that there are 123,000,000 trees outside woodland in Britain. They are in parks, gardens, hedgerows, field margins and at the roadside. Most of these trees don’t have this security.
These trees are on private land but can been seen from the road.