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High Wycombe used to be called Chepping Wycombe or Chipping Wycombe until 1946. High Wycombe is a large town in Buckinghamshire. It is 29 miles west northwest of Charing Cross in London; this information is also engraved on the Corn Market building in the centre of the town. According to the 2011 census High Wycombe has a population of 120,256 making it the second largest town in the county of Buckinghamshire after Milton Keynes. The High Wycombe Urban Area, the conurbation of which the town is the largest component, has a population of 133,204.
High Wycombe has an unusual mix of industrial and market, and this makes the town stand out as most towns tend to lean toward one or the other influences. High Wycombe does maintain a traditional emphasis on furniture production. There has been a market held in the High Street since at least the middle Ages.
The early history of High Wycombe presents clear evidence of a Roman villa that would have been built between 150 to 170 AD, which has been excavated three times, most recently in 1954. Elaborate mosaics and a bathhouse were unearthed at the site on what is now the Rye parkland. The name Wycombe would appear to come from the river Wye and the old English word for a wooded valley, 'combe', but according to the Oxford English Dictionary of Place-Names the name, which was first recorded in 799-802 as 'Wichama', is more likely to be Old English 'wic' and the plural of Old English 'ham', and probably means 'dwellings'; the name of the river was a late back-formation. Wycombe appears in the Domesday Book of 1086 and was noted for having six mills.
The existence of a settlement at High Wycombe was first documented as 'Wicumun' in the year 970. The parish church was consecrated by Wulfstan, the visiting Bishop of Worcester, in 1086. High Wycombe was described as a borough from at least the 1180s, and built its first moot hall in 1226, with a market hall being built later in 1476. The 1841 census reported that the population of High Wycombe that year was 3,184.
High Wycombe remained a mill town all the way through Medieval and Tudor times, manufacturing lace and linen cloth. High Wycombe was also a stopping point on the way from Oxford to London, with many travellers staying in the town's taverns and inns, making it a popular haunt for footpads and highwaymen.
The paper industry took off and provided a considerable employment and wealth opportunity for High Wycombe in the 17th and 18th century. The Wye's waters were very rich in chalk, and therefore ideal for bleaching the paper pulp. The paper industry however was soon overtaken by the cloth industry.
High Wycombe is still famed for its most well known industry of furniture manufacturing. High Wycombe was particularly known for its Windsor chairs that became very popular in the 19th century, with furniture factories setting up all over the High Wycombe area. To support the increase in industry, many terraced workers houses were built to the east and west of High Wycombe to accommodate those working in the furniture factories. In 1875, it was estimated that there were 4,700 chairs made every day in High Wycombe. When Queen Victoria visited High Wycombe in 1877, the council organised an arch of chairs to be erected over the High Street, with the words "Long live the Queen" printed boldly across the arch for the Queen to pass under. Wycombe Museum includes many examples of locally made chairs and information on the local furniture and lace industries.
As the population of High Wycombe grew from 13,000 residents in 1881 to 29,000 in 1928. High Wycombe became completely dominated socially and economically by the furniture building industry.
By the 1920s, a good deal of the housing areas in High Wycombe had become derelict and had decayed into slums. A clearance scheme to rid High Wycombe of these unsightly slums was initiated by the local council in 1932, whereby many areas were completely demolished and the residents rehoused in new estates that were built above the lower town on the valley slopes. The scheme to improve High Wycombe was well overdue, as some of the districts that were demolished had been in such a poor state of repair, that most of the houses were condemned as unfit for human habitation. However, some areas such as St. Mary's Street contained beautiful old buildings with fine examples of 18th and 19th century architecture, so not all of old High Wycombe has been lost.
From 1940 to 1968 High Wycombe was the seat of the RAF Bomber Command. Moreover, during the Second World War, from May 1942 to July 1945, the U.S. Army Air Force's 8th Air Force Bomber Command, codenamed "Pinetree", was based at a former girls' school at High Wycombe. This formally became Headquarters, 8th Air Force, on 22 February 1944.
In the 1960s the town centre of High Wycombe was completely redeveloped. This involved culverting the River Wye under concrete and demolishing most of the old buildings in High Wycombe town centre. Two shopping centres were built along with many new multi-storey car parks, office blocks, flyovers and roundabouts.
High Wycombe is made up of a number of suburbs including Booker, Bowerdean, Castlefield, Cressex, Daws Hill, Green Street, Holmers Farm, Micklefield, Sands, Terriers, Totteridge, Downley and Wycombe Marsh, as well as some nearby villages: Hazlemere and Tylers Green. Particular areas in the suburbs of Castlefield, Micklefield, Terriers and Totteridge have high levels of deprivation compared to the rest of the urban area.
Although situated in the county of Buckinghamshire, which is one of the most affluent parts of the country, High Wycombe contains some considerably deprived areas. In 2007, a GMB Union survey ranked the High Wycombe district as the fourth dirtiest in the South East and the twenty sixth dirtiest in the whole of the United Kingdom. The survey found litter on 28.5% of streets and highways.
Fortunately, High Wycombe has undergone some further and major redevelopment, including development of the town's existing shopping centre, completion of the Eden Shopping centre, and redevelopment of the Buckinghamshire New University with a large student village and new building on Queen Alexandra Road.
These developments prompted the building of larger blocks of flats, a multimillion-pound hotel in the centre, and a Sainsbury's store on the Oxford road next to the Eden shopping centre and bus station.
The name of High Wycombe is rather appropriate, as when you approach the town, you are faced with some very steep hills that descend into the town centre. Some motorists have even opted to park up and walk down to the town as the roads are so steep and they find the drive down or back up quite daunting.
When you can no longer stand the sight of those drab old ceramic tiles and the grubby, yellowed grout in your kitchen or bathroom, don't head straight to the local tile depot or DIY store, think glass!
Glass is hygienically clean and looks absolutely amazing in any home. A quality glass splashback from Splashbacks of Distinction will simply transform your home into a light, bright modern space that is a breeze to keep clean. No more scrubbing or bleaching yellowed or black mouldy grouting.
Glass is timeless too. The ceramic tiles that were bang up to date when they were fitted can rapidly go out of style. Replacing tiles can be a pretty messy job that can pull a fair amount of plaster away from your walls. Why go through all this hassle, when a stylish toughened glass splashback could be fitted in a fraction of the time, last pretty much indefinitely and look absolutely stunning for as long as it's fitted?
Splashbacks of Distinction are available to visit your High Wycombe home to measure up and fit a quality glass splashback or one of our other toughened glass products. Glass is such a clean and modern medium for your home and you'd be surprised just how much glass can transform your home.
Splashbacks of Distinction ensure that only the finest quality toughened glass is used in all our products. We guarantee all of our work and are fully insured. We employ only trained and certified engineers. Splashbacks of Distinction never leave your property without ensuring you are totally satisfied with your beautiful new glass splashback, baluster, shelving or shower enclosure.
If you would like to know more or are interested in a quote we would be happy to help. Phone us on 01920 830 084, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or fill in our enquiry form and we will be in touch as soon as possible.
Splashbacks of Distinction is the trading name of RDC Glass Ltd