Flackwell Heath

Flackwell Heath, three miles from High Wycombe, stretching out in a long line of closely built houses on a spur of the Chiltern Hills, is now reputed to be the largest village in England. Yet it wasn't inhabited at all until the end of the 18 th century and then by a few hardy folk prepared to scratch a living from the stony soil, and ladle water from the small fresh-water springs that bubbled from the hillside.

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Memories of High Wycombe

I was born at High Wycombe and until I was about eight we lived at Vine Cottage on London Road. I remember being taken by my parents to my father's office, which was on the main road near Sweetlands, the photographer, to wave a Union Jack and to watch the procession celebrating the coronation of King George V.

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Education Provision 1833

Chipping Wycombe or High Wycombe Borough and Parish (Pop. 6,299)

Five Daily Schools, one of which is endowed for 30 boys between the age of 9 and 14, who are taught reading, writing and arithmetic; and as many in addition (whose parents belong to the Corporation) as choose to attend, are instructed in the Latin language

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Extract from the Universal British Directory 1791

HIGH WYCOMB is also called Chipping Wycomb, from cwm, a British word for valley. It is a large town, consisting of one great street, branching out into divers small ones It is full of good houses and inns, being a great thoroughfare from London to Oxford. It is twelve miles from Aylesbury, fourteen from Uxbridge, and thirtv three from London ; and has a market on Fridays which is plentifully supplied with fish, flesh, and other provisions. Fair 25th September. It is seated on a small river which fall into the Thames, in a fine valley.

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Notes on High Wycombe

Description of High Wycombe from Sheahan, 1861.

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