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High Wycombe

 

High Wycombe (commonly referred to as Wycombe) is a large town in the affluent county of Buckinghamshire.

High Wycombe is unique in that it is a blend of market town and industrial town.  The High Street regularly hosts a market (and has done since before the Middle Ages) and the town has always had an industrial presence from lace and linen manufacturers to paper production.

Perhaps High Wycombe’s most famous product came from its furniture factories, and chairs from High Wycombe were particularly popular in the 19th Century.  During this time many terraced houses were built in east and west of the town to provide accommodations to the workers from the many furniture factories.  Many of these were demolished in the 1920s and new houses and estates were built to accommodate the people who had been left homeless.

Today High Wycombe is made up of a number of suburbs, and the nearby villages of Hazlemere, Tylers Green and Downley, and is at the moment undergoing considerable redevelopment of the town centre, with shopping centres, hotels and housing all being built.