About High Wycombe

High Wycombe, typically referred to as Wycombe (/ ˈwɪkəm/ WIK-əm), is a huge community in Buckinghamshire, England. It is 29 miles (47 km) west north west of Charing Cross in London; this info is additionally etched on the Corn Market building in the centre of the town.


It is additionally 17 miles (27 km) south of the county town of Aylesbury, 27 miles (43 km) southeast of Oxford, 23 miles (37 km) north east of Reading and 9 miles (14 kilometres) north of Maidenhead. Inning accordance with the ONS authorities estimates for 2016, High Wycombe has a population of 125,257 and it is the second largest community in the county of Buckinghamshire after Milton Keynes. High Wycombe Urban Location, the city of which the community is the largest element, has a populace of 133,204.

High Wycombe is mainly an unparished area in the Wycombe area. Part of the metropolitan location constitutes the civil parish of Chepping Wycombe, which had a population of 14,455 according to the 2001 census – this church stands for that part of the ancient church of Chepping Wycombe which was outside the previous local district of Wycombe.

Lace as well as chair making

Shoelace making started in about the same time as the paper market. This job was taken on by the females, who supplemented the home earnings by gaining an allowance for lengthy tough work bent over lace pillows. Children were sent to shoelace institutions where they were shown to check out while they made lace, a practice that concerned an end with the introduction of the Education Act in 1870.

Wycombe was surrounded by Beech, Elm and Ash trees making it ideally fit to the manufacturing of basic chairs for cooking areas, servant’s quarters and public structures. A reproduction of a Bodgers hut can be seen at the Wycombe Museum in Priory Road. The legs were transferred by steed and cart to the furnishings factories in High Wycombe where the seats as well as backs were included as well as the chairs polished.

By the time the World War Two started in 1939 High Wycombe was producing furnishings of the best quality, supplying great items for the richest homes in the world.

Throughout the Second World War a few of Wycombe’s furnishings factories were making airplane components. Parts for the Tiger Moth as well as the De Havilland Mosquito were all made below, making use of the skill of the furnishings workers.

Today some furniture is still made in Wycombe but our predominant industry currently is the service industry.

Profession as well as commercial advancement

High Wycombe remained a mill community with Middle ages and Tudor times, making lace as well as bed linen fabric. It was likewise a stopping factor heading from Oxford to London, with lots of tourists remaining in the town’s taverns and inns.

The paper market was significant in 17th as well as 18th century High Wycombe. The Wye’s waters were abundant in chalk and as a result excellent for lightening pulp. The paper industry was quickly overtaken by the fabric industry.

Wycombe’s most popular industry, furnishings (particularly Windsor chairs) took hold in the 19th century, with furniture factories setting up all over the community. In 1875, it was approximated that there were 4,700 chairs made per day in High Wycombe.

The town’s populace grew from 13,000 residents in 1881 to 29,000 in 1928. Wycombe was totally dominated socially and economically by the furnishings market and, as a result, there was substantial unemployment and social troubles when the industry declined in the 1960s.



Mike Kipling

Special Researcher at Independent
I'm Mike from High Wycombe, I enjoy researching in my own scientific studies, as well as walking and gardening in my spare time.

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