Wycombe District

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Wycombe District
Wycombe shown within Buckinghamshire
Wycombe shown within Buckinghamshire
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Constituent countryEngland
RegionSouth East England
Non-metropolitan countyBuckinghamshire
StatusNon-metropolitan district
Admin HQHigh Wycombe
Incorporated1 April 1974
Government
 • TypeNon-metropolitan district council
 • BodyWycombe District Council
 • LeadershipLeader & Cabinet (Conservative)
 • MPsSteve Baker
Greg Smith
Joy Morrissey
Rob Butler
Area
 • Total125.32 sq mi (324.57 km2)
Area rank129th (of 317)
Population
 (mid-2019 est.)
 • Rank112th (of 317)
 • Ethnicity
86.8% White
7.9% S.Asian
2.6% Black British
1.8% Mixed Race
Time zoneUTC0 (GMT)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+1 (BST)
ONS code11UC (ONS)
E07000007 (GSS)
OS grid referenceSU867929
Websitewww.wycombe.gov.uk

Wycombe District /ˈwɪkəm/ was a local government district in Buckinghamshire in south-central England. Its council was based in the town of High Wycombe. The district was abolished on 31 March 2020 and its area is now administered by the unitary Buckinghamshire Council.

History[edit]

The district's name was drawn from the Barony of Wycombe which was originally given to Thomas Gilbert, in 1171.[1] The district was formed on 1 April 1974, under the Local Government Act 1972, by the merger of the Municipal Borough of High Wycombe with Marlow Urban District and Wycombe Rural District.

Constituent parts[edit]

The Wycombe District Council area comprised:

Towns
Civil parishes

There were 28 civil parishes including 2 where a Parish Meeting is held in lieu of a Parish Council.

Sports clubs[edit]

High Wycombe is home to Wycombe Wanderers F.C.; within the district's boundaries are the homes of Marlow F.C., Marlow United F.C., Risborough Rangers F.C. and Marlow Rugby Union Football Club.

Council affiliation[edit]

Following the local elections in May 2015, the council comprises the following:[2]

Party Number of councillors
Conservative 49
Labour 6
East Wycombe Independent Party 3
Liberal Democrats 1
Independent 1

Transport[edit]

The district was bisected by the M40, with a major junction with the A404 at High Wycombe. The A404 connects Marlow and Wycombe within the district. The main railway line through the district, the Chiltern Main Line has major stations at High Wycombe and Princes Risborough. The Marlow Branch Line and Princes Risborough line also provide commuter services.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Manorial Counsel https://www.manorialcounselltd.co.uk/the-barony-of-wycombe-kings-castles-and-constitutional-history/
  2. ^ "Meetings, agendas, and minutes". councillors.wycombe.gov.uk. 14 September 2018.

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 51°38′19″N 0°48′28″W / 51.6385°N 0.8079°W / 51.6385; -0.8079