july, 2024

sun07jul2:30 pm3:45 pm‘Chair and Chair Alike’ Cemetery TourChair Festival Cemetery Tour

Event Details

Walking tour of the chairmakers’ graves in High Wycombe Cemetery with Sally Scagell, lasting approximately 60-75 mins.

By the time High Wycombe Cemetery opened in 1855 a large proportion of the town’s inhabitants were involved in the chair trade. Whole families earned a living from the numerous aspects of making and selling chairs and the related activities of furniture production.  Prosperity in the trade allowed many a canny chair manufacturer to become part of an upwardly mobile group who, at the end of their days, could afford to have a family burial plot with an elaborate headstone. The trade however was very competitive and not everyone was so lucky. Although some makers excelled themselves in high quality chairs, often  upholstered and with ornate carvings, the majority of chairs were relatively basic to meet the increasing demand from London and elsewhere. This tour will tell the stories of both rich and poor, their marriages and family conflicts, their lavish homes or bankruptcy.

Adults and older children (aged 12 and above).

If the weather forecast is for very wet weather then this tour may not go ahead as there is no shelter.

Accessibility info: Not suitable for wheelchairs or pushchairs as we will be walking on rough sloping ground. Wear suitable shoes for wet grass.

Facilities info: Toilets are at the Museum and in the newer part of the Cemetery – NOT in the old part used for the tour.

Location: Meet at the Priory Road Gates of High Wycombe Cemetery, Priory Road, HP13 6PF

This tour is free to attend. Please consider making a donation if you are able to do so.

Suggested donation £5 per person.

This event is part of the Chilterns Chairs Festival, running through July in celebration of the unique chairmaking heritage of Wycombe and the local area. With a varied programme of events, you’ll learn how the industry grew from the local landscape into thriving furniture production which proudly continues today. Join us to celebrate the stories, the chairs and the surroundings which make up our history. There’s something for everyone, so get involved!

The Chiltern’s Chairs Festival is being organised by Wycombe Museum and is funded by the Chalk, Cherries & Chairs Landscape Partnership.


(Sunday) 2:30 pm - 3:45 pm


High Wycombe Cemetery

Priory Road, HP13 6PF

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