High Wycombe (GB)

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High Wycombe often referred to as Wycombe, is a large town in Buckinghamshire, England. It is 29 miles (47 km) northwest of Charing Cross in London.

High Wycombe, West Wycombe (and Chipping Wycombe, now encompassed by High Wycombe itself) were all first mentioned in c970AD as Wicumun, then in 1086 the Doomsday Book mentions them with the spelling Wicumbe.

Wic is an Olde English word meaning 'Place at the dwelling of Settlements', in its plural form it is Wicum.

The river that runs through it is the Wye, but that is thought to have been named after the village, not the village being named after the river.

Postmark Examples[edit]

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Cards and Covers[edit]

1d red letter sent from High Wycombe to Windsor, 1854 error of cancel on reverse
1854 error of cancel make-up with the dropped E showing a double arc HIGH WYCOMB
1905 High Wycombe to Bromley, Kent