1 MR EDWARD RILEY F.I.C. (Now Royal Institute of Chemists) 1831 - 1914

Edward Riley founded and funded Riley Recreation Ground Trust in 1914. He was born in London and educated at King’s College School, London and at the Putney Civil Engineering College. He was awarded the Bessemer medal in 1913. He was almost certainly the town’s greatest philanthropist. He provided a nurses home in support of Marlow residents, pre NHS. He funded Sir William Borlase’s School chapel, provided endowments and was a school Governor. He also facilitated the provision of a marquee on his riverside land an initial effort toward the founding of the Marlow Rowing Club. He and his wife Emma are buried at All Saint’s Church in Bisham.