Booker

The village of Booker is situated almost halfway between Lane End and West Wycombe. In the 13th century it was known as the tithing of Bokar and Booker Common is at least 900 years old. The Dashwood family of West Wycombe has held the estate for almost 300 years.
Many changes have taken place in recent years. Housing estates and new roads have replaced fields and hedgerows. Old maps show a brickfield and two isolation hospitals. One of these is now Booker Hospital and the other a residential home for the elderly called Beechlands.

It is said that in the 1920s, Mr Chadwick, the High Wycombe Sanitary Inspector, had the task of transporting infectious patients to the hospital. One day in Cressex Lane the floor of the conveyance collapsed, leaving the patients to walk the rest of the way, still inside the ambulance!

Article written by members of the Buckinghamshire Federation of Women's Institutes for the publication "The Buckinghamshire Village Book" (1987) and reproduced here with their permission