High Wycombe History: Old Photos & Film

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High Wycombe used to be famous for its chair-making industry. Today it’s home to 125,000 people thanks to its beautiful Georgian buildings and sprawling estates a mere 35 miles from London.

Thanks to S. Hermann & F. Richter for use of the image shown at the top of this page.

High Wycombe Through The Ages

Old Photos 

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Uploaded to YouTube on 14 Oct 2013 by Jason Blackman.

“I spend a lot of time making these small films from when the days were a lot different. most of the photos are from old books or old postcards. I love doing this to show you how life was way back then. Some people can not buy books or find things to do with local history so this is why I have done this for all of you.”

Film Assignment For Buckinghamshire New University (2016)

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3 Mar 2016 -Stephen Green: University Assignment Bucks New University

High Wycombe In The 1930s

Water Rationing (1934)

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GuildfordGhost

“From an old reel I bought on eBay.”

 Weighing In The Mayor (1935)

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British Pathé

Weighing in the Mayor of High Wycombe.  Originally part of News in a Nutshell – international news stories in brief. High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire.

“Various shots of procession of dignitaries in ceremonial robes.  They are following the newly elected Mayor and Mayoress of High Wycombe.  At the town square, the Mayor and Mayoress are weighed on a large set of scales – a quirky tradition!  A town crier rings a bell and announces their weights to the crowd watching.”

Weighing In The Mayor (1938)

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British Pathé

Item title reads – High Wycombe. Weighing in the Mayor.  Buckinghamshire. 

“L/S as officials including the mayor parade down the street, people stand and watch.  M/S as the mayor sits in a seat to be weighed. The Town Crier announces the ancient custom of weighing the mayor, he rings his bell and proclaims the mayor to be “15 stone 4, no more!” People laugh and the mayor gets up.”

High Wycombe In The 1940s

CODE-NAMED “PINETREE”, 8th HEADQUATERS, WW 2 (1944/45)

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TOPCAMERAMAN

“HIGH WYCOMBE (CODE-MAMED) “PINETREE” HEADQUATERS FOR EIGHTH AIR FORCE COMMAND, WAS LOCATED IN WHAT HAD BEEN AN EXCLUSIVE GIRLS’ SCHOOL-WYCOMBE ABBEY. FORMER OCCUPANTS LEFT BEHIND A BELL BY EACH BED LABELED, “IF YOU NEED A MISTRESS IN THE NIGHT, RING TWICE.”THIS WAS FILMED DURING 1944/45 92ND BOMB GROUP.”

 Weighing The New Mayor Of High Wycombe (1946)

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British Pathé – Unused/unissued material – dates and locations unclear or unknown. Weighing the new mayor of High Wycombe. Buckinghamshire.

“Mr. Vance, Mayor of High Wycombe is weighed in the traditional manner when he takes office, to see whether his term of office increases or decreases his weight. M/S The Mayor sitting in his chair. A crowd watches.”

High Wycombe In The 1950s And 1960s

 British Trade Unions (1950’s)

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HuntleyFilmArchives – British Trade Unions: Explanation of Trade Union Practice and structure. 

A fascinating look at the workplaces, homes, people, and locations around High Wycombe in the 1950s. This footage contains narrative such as “The little mill is still grinding mill for the farmers.”

Seniors Coach Trip From High Wycombe (1950s)

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HuntleyFilmArchives: High Wycombe.  “Coaches parked outside houses and old ladies board the bus. A driver helping the ladies onto the coach.  The coaches leave, and people see their families off, lots of waving.”

Walk to the View of High Wycombe (1950s)

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Kevin Smith

 John Betjeman’s Buckinghamshire (1955)

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BFI – Follow John Betjeman into some of West Wycombe’s darkest recesses… if you dare.

“The legendary Knights of St Francis of Wycombe, better known as the Hellfire Club, are the focus of this edition of the 26-part Discovering Britain with John Betjeman series from 1955. This issue is titled West Wycombe, Buckinghamshire.”

 ANARCHY IN THE SQUARE

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British Movietone

“Britain’s Annual Easter attraction, the march of the Nuclear Disarmers. Seven thousand five hundred took the road from High Wycombe to Trafalgar Square. The best part of the entertainment came from a group of four hundred Anarchists. Fourteen were arrested in Trafalgar Square another fourteen outside the American Embassy.”

 C.N.D.. U.S. BASE, HIGH WYCOMBE.

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High Wycombe Railway Station (1962)

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Unseen Steam

“In the summer of 1962 the former Great Western’s Birmingham main line was at its busiest ever as additional trains were being run to compensate for a reduced service on the West Coast Main Line from Euston as a result of the electrification works on that line. Thus, at High Wycombe, on a date not recorded, we see an up express behind a new maroon “Western” diesel then the “old guard” in the form of a “King”, then a “Black 5”, an Eastern Region B1 and, the only identifiable engine, no 6005 “King George II” – all on down expresses. This was the final year of the “Kings” and we see another one out in the countryside and finally, at Gerrards Cross, an unidentified ‘Castle’.”

Meet The Shakespeares (1964)

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British Movietone

“1964 is the four hundredth anniversary of William Shakespeare, the great poet. Few men can feel so closely concerned with this anniversary as Harold George Shakespeare Hart, an engineer of High Wycombe in Buckinghamshire: Mr. Hart is the nearest living relative. He can trace his ancestry right back, though his father and his grandfather who started the engineering firm, right back to Shakespeare’s sister Joan who married a William Hart from Stratford-on-Avon. Working with Mr. Hart is his son-in-law, Ronald Croxford. He and his wife Pamela Hart live on a houseboat at Bourne End, and their baby, born last year, is the latest of a historic line. Young Mark Shakespeare is the thirteenth in direct descent from the sister of the most famous poet in the English language.”

Yanks Visit Old People (1964)

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British Pathé – Full title reads: “High Wycombe. Yanks Visit Old People”. High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire. American Airmen pay a visit to an old folks home near to their base.

Features 96 year old Mrs Jennings, 87 year old Mr Francis, 82 year old Mr Langley and Mrs Manda. Narrative includes amusing comments – “Volleyball was a new game for them” “new fangled drinks…cokes”. Many of the elderly people seen would today be classed as fit enough to  live independently in their own homes. And no care home manager could allow smoking in the day room today!

 Hospital to Hotel (1966)

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British Movietone

“A century of Hospital Progress – from the vast edifice at Netley in Hampshire, opened by Queen Victoria in 1856 to Britain’s latest – the multi-million hospital at High Wycombe. Netley is being demolished – but beneath the foundation stone, they make a fascinating discovery – the first Victoria Cross ever struck!”

The narrative tells us the new hospital cost £2m and describes it as a hotel with “five star facilities”.

M40 Arrives at Flackwell Heath High Wycombe (1969)

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Kevin Smith

Children crossing the M40 – with no cars!! 

High Wycombe In The 1970s

High Wycombe (1970’s)

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HuntleyFilmArchives: Rear point of view from vehicle of typical early twentieth century terraced housing with bay windows, parked cars on the street. High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire.

 High Wycombe Field Trip (Mid 1970s)

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Michael Hukka

The film quality isn’t good but its value is that comes from a time of few home movies.

Gordon Arms Pub (1970’s)

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HuntleyFilmArchives

“Slow rear point of view down a street of terraces down a hill, then coming to a halt by the side of the road, vehicle then sets off again past the ‘Gordon Arms’ pub. High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire.?”

Triumph Stag in High Wycombe (1970s)

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HuntleyFilmArchives – Triumph Stag being parked in High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire, 1970’s.

Queen’s Jubilee Street Procession (1977)

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Ken Ross

“This is a video of the street procession floats in 1977 to celebrate the Queen’s Silver Jubilee. it was taken from a bollard at the junction of the High Street and Easton Street it includes shots of the floats and the crowds filling the High Street.”

High Wycombe In The 1980s

Howard Jones – High Wycombe Intro (1983)

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Mark Ferguson – The Wind Machine Studio – Lowestoft

High Wycombe Town Hall – Dec 22nd 1983 (part 1)

High Wycombe In The 1990s

The Changing Wycombe (1990)

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Roy Kinch

“This video was made 25 years ago to show how High Wycombe has changed. It is all filmed from a car and I tried to get in as many shops, pubs etc. The areas covered are mostly Downley & High Wycombe town centre.  How many changes can you find?”

The History of Wycombe Wanderers (1990)

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Panini – The history of Wycombe Wanderers and 95 years at Loakes Park.

“In 1887, a meeting held at the Steam Engine public house in Station Road, High Wycombe saw the formation of Wycombe Wanderers F.C. It is highly likely the club was named Wanderers after the famous Wanderers, winners of the first F.A. Cup in 1872. The club played friendly matches between 1887 and 1896. It first entered the F.A. Amateur Cup in 1894 and the F.A. Cup in 1895. In 1895 the club moved to Loakes Park, which would become its home for the next 95 years.”

High Wycombe Town (1992)

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Panzoom: HIGH WYCOMBE TOWN 1992

13 Year Old Boys Semifinal, EBA BMX National (1992)

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1990s EBA BMX Racing -“Featuring Scott Beaumont, Carl Harris, Martin Gough, Mathew Wilson and more.”

Local Buses (1994)

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DaveSpencer32

The town’s local buses, recorded in July 1994.

Local Buses (1996)

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Uploaded to YouTube on 29 Oct 2014 by DaveSpencer32.

The footage shows local buses operating in December 1996.

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