In 1887, John Bartholomew's Gazetteer of the British Isles described High Wycombe like this:
Wycombe, Chipping Wycombe, or High Wycombe, mun. bor., market town, par., and township, Bucks, in S. of co., on river Wye, 15 miles NW. of Windsor and 34 NW. of London by rail - par. (consisting of the townships of Chipping Wycombe and Wycombe Old Borough), 6395 ac., pop. 13,154; township, 6266 ac., pop. 8320; bor. (comprising the township of Wycombe Old Borough and part of Chipping Wycombe), 400 ac., pop. 10,618; P.O., T.O., 3 Banks, 1 newspaper. Market-day, Friday. The leading industries are chair-making, paper-making, and lace-making. ...
Wycombe has numerous traces of British and Roman occupation, and in the middle ages it had several religious establishments, which were destroyed at the Reformation. The parish church of All Saints dates from the 13th century. Wycombe Abbey is the seat of Lord Carrington. Wycombe was governed by a mayor in the reign of Henry III., and incorporated in that of Henry VI. It returned 2 members to Parliament from Edward I. until 1867, and 1 member from 1867 until 1885.
A Vision of Britain through Time includes a large library of local statistics for administrative units. For the best overall sense of how the area containing High Wycombe has changed, please see our redistricted information for the modern district of Wycombe. More detailed statistical data are available under Units and statistics, which includes both administrative units covering High Wycombe and units named after it.
GB Historical GIS / University of Portsmouth, History of High Wycombe, in Wycombe and Buckinghamshire | Map and description, A Vision of Britain through Time.
Date accessed: 28th August 2014
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