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Why are they called the Chairboys?

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High Wycombe is well known for furniture making, especially chairmaking. In the Wycombe Wanderers football club’s amateur days, many of the early team members made chairs for a living, playing football in the evenings and weekends.

The traditional chair from the area was a wooden seated Windsor chair and early team members would also have made rush seated, cane seated and upholstered chairs.

A chair arch was put up in the town in 1877 to celebrate Queen Victoria’s visit to High Wycombe.

This was just a few years before the Wycombe Wanderers team first got together (1887). By then there were over 100 chair factories in High Wycombe producing nearly 5,000 chairs every day. So no wonder most of the team’s day jobs were in chair making.

There are lots more locally made chairs and some Wycombe Wanderers memorabilia on display at theĀ Wycombe Museum to whose staff I am grateful for the above information.

Go to www.wycombe.gov.uk/museum for more details about this wonderful public facility, to which admission is free.

Wycombe Museum is located on Priory Avenue in High Wycombe, close to the railway station and town centre. Postcode for satnav is HP13 6PX.
It is open Monday-Saturday 10am-5pm, Sunday 2pm-5pm, Bank Holidays – closed.

Remember: Wycombe Wanderers are the Chairboys and NOT the Choirboys!


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