Wycombe Rural District

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 • 191171,716 acres (112.056 sq mi; 290.22 km2)
 • 193164,357 acres (100.558 sq mi; 260.44 km2)
 • 196171,232 acres (111.300 sq mi; 288.27 km2)
 • 190122,910
 • 193127,694
 • 197171,331
 • OriginRural sanitary district
 • Created1894
 • Abolished1974
 • Succeeded byWycombe district
StatusRural district
GovernmentWycombe Rural District Council
 • HQBellfield House, High Wycombe
Insignia of the Wycombe Rural District Council

Wycombe was, from 1894 to 1974, a rural district in the administrative county of Buckinghamshire, England.

The district was created by the Local Government Act 1894 as successor to the disbanded Wycombe Rural Sanitary District.[1] The district was named after, and based in, High Wycombe. The rural district did not include the town, however, which was a separate municipal borough (known as Chepping Wycombe until 1946).[2][3]

Area and parishes[edit]

The district consisted of a number of rural parishes surrounding High Wycombe. In 1934 it was enlarged, when a county review order added the area of the abolished Hambleden Rural District.[1]

Parish Changes
Bledlow Merged with Saunderton 1934
Bledlow cum Saunderton Formed by the merger of two parishes in 1934
Chepping Wycombe Rural Renamed Chepping Wycombe 1949
Fawley Transferred from Hambleden RD 1934
Fingest Renamed Fingest and Lane End 1937
Great and Little Hampden Parishes had been merged in 1885
Great and Little Kimble Parishes had been merged in 1885
Great Marlow Part of parish became Marlow Urban District in 1897
Hambleden Transferred from Hambleden RD 1934
Horsenden Abolished 1934: area split between Bledlow cum Saunderton and Princes Risborough
Ilmer Abolished 1934: formed part of Longwick cum Ilmer
Lacey Green Formed 1934 from part of Princes Risborough
Little Marlow
Little Missenden Transferred to Amersham Rural District 1901
Longwick cum Ilmer Formed 1934 by merger of Ilmer and Monks Risborough (with parts Princes Risborough of Towersey)
Medmenham Transferred from Hambleden RD 1934
Monks Risborough abolished 1934, most passed to new parish of Longwick cum Ilmer
Princes Risborough
Saunderton Merged with Bledlow 1934
Stokenchurch Transferred from Oxfordshire 1895
West Wycombe Abolished 1934, with part added to enlarged Borough of Chepping Wycombe, remainder to West Wycombe Rural
West Wycombe Rural Formed 1934 from the part of West Wycombe not added to the borough with part of Hughenden


  1. ^ a b Youngs, Frederic A Jr. (1979). Guide to the Local Administrative Units of England. I Southern England. London: Royal Historical Society. ISBN 0-901050-67-9.
  2. ^ "Relationships / unit history of Wycombe RD". A Vision of Britain. University of Portsmouth. Retrieved 24 March 2009.
  3. ^ "Wycombe RD: Historical Boundaries". A Vision of Britain. University of Portsmouth. Archived from the original on 1 October 2007. Retrieved 24 March 2009.

Coordinates: 51°39′N 0°47′W / 51.65°N 0.78°W / 51.65; -0.78