In 1870-72, John Marius Wilson's Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales described West Wycombe like this:
WYCOMBE (West), a village, a parish, and a sub-district, in Wycombe district, Bucks. The village stands on the Maidenhead and Thame railway, under a hill side, 2½ miles NW of Wycombe; is a picturesque place; carries on chair-making; and has a post-office under Wycombe, and a r. station.The parish comprises 6,340 acres. ...
Real property, £9,201. Pop. in 1851, 2,000; in 1861, 2,161. Houses, 437. The manor belonged, till 1550, to the Bishops of Winchester; passed to the Dormers and other s; and with W. Park, has belonged, since 1698, to the Dashwoods. The mansion was much enlarged in 1763, by Lord le Despencer; has a frontage of 300 feet; contains rich decorations, and some fine paintings; and stands in very fine grounds, partly laid out by Repton. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Oxford. Value, £300. Patron, Sir J. Dashwood King, Bart. The church was mainly rebuilt in 1763; is a handsome edifice in the Grecian style: stands on the top of a steep hill; and has attached to its E end a beautiful hexagonal mausoleum, now partially in ruins. A cave ½ a mile long, penetrates the church hill, and is much visited by tourists. There are Independent and Wesleyan chapels.--The sub district contains six parishes and a part. Acres, 23,687. Pop., 7,156. Houses, 1,457.
GB Historical GIS / University of Portsmouth, History of West Wycombe, in Wycombe and Buckinghamshire | Map and description, A Vision of Britain through Time.
Date accessed: 28th March 2017
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