High Wycombe has seen new people settling in the town from across the world throughout history. They came from other parts of the UK and brought new foods and new ways of life with them. One of the more prominent new communities that have settled here include the...
A selection of decorated carved and turned lace bobbins, with bead ‘spangles’. Lace bobbins are used to make lace – thread is wound around the bobbins that are then plaited into elaborate patterns. Lace making was common throughout Wycombe and district – the...
This ornate clay lamp was found on the London Road in 1954, not far from the remains of the Roman villa, now underneath the Rye Lido. It has a pattern around the top depicting a leaping hare. In both Roman and Celtic cultures the hare was considered sacred. Fewer...
Straw splitters were used by women workers in the cottage industry of straw plaiting. The plaited straws supplied the hat industry in Luton. The invention of the straw splitter meant that local women could earn more as it enabled them to produce more delicate plaits....
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