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See High Wycombe, Western Australia for the suburb of Perth.
High Wycombe, (previously Chepping Wycombe or Chipping Wycombe) South Buckinghamshire, is 32 miles (51.5 kilometres) NWW of London. pop (1991) 71,700. A hilly town situated at the southernmost foothills of the Chilterns. The town fights against becoming part of the urban greyness typical of places close to London, and is right on the edge of the beautiful South Bucks countryside. The town has a central bus station and also a modest railway station on Chiltern Line between London Marylebone and Birmingham Snow Hill. The town is situated on the A40 trunk route, with direct access to the more modern M40 motorway. There is a modern town centre, with arcades and many clothes shops. There is also a large well-equipped theatre, the Wycombe Swan . The many public houses heave with young people on Friday nights. Wycombe also houses a large Asian communitiy from various parts of the sub-continent, and a West Indian community almost exclusively from Saint Vincent.
Wycombe was once renowned for furniture making (the town's football team nicknamed the 'Chair Boys') and furniture design remains an important element of the town's university, Buckinghamshire Chilterns University College. The River Wye runs through the valley, where beech trees were cut down by the furniture industry, forming the town centre (circa 1700), with housing along the slopes (some areas still surrounded by woods). To the east of the town centre there is extensive Rye park (and the river).
Wycombe appears in the Domesday Book, once featured a Roman Villa (2 A.D), was the site of a minor English Civil War battle featuring John Hampden, and the home of Prime Minister Benjamin Disraeli. The local council struggles to maintain two locally beloved landmarks - the statue of a red lion (above Woolworths) and the replacement fountain in Frogmoor Square (the cast iron original was removed in WW2). Another notable local institution is the Wycombe Abbey School.
There is a gliding club, two flying schools and a voluntary aviation museum at Wycombe Air Park , the modern name for Booker Airfield, to the south of the M40 motorway on the western edge of the town. Many of the replica aircraft used in the film industry, for example in films such as Those Magnificent Men in Their Flying Machines and The Blue Max were built and flown there. There is a friendly restaurant (Happy Landings) with outdoor picnic tables that is open to visitors beneath the control tower. Wycombe Air Park is one of the busiest general aviation airfields in the UK.
The town's football team, Wycombe Wanderers F.C., play at Causway Stadium and are currently in Football League Two. They reached their zenith in 1990 under the management of Martin O'Neill, who went on to Leicester City and Celtic football clubs. The London Wasps rugby team also rent Causeway Stadium for home games.
Recently, the town has become a hot-bed of Hollywood productions, even though the town's residents are largely unaware of it. Films such as Sleepy Hollow, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and The Importance of Being Earnest were filmed in the direct surroundings of the town.
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