7. Travels With My Chair

‘To travel is to live’ –  Hans Christian Anderson

Some of these chairs have travelled as their owners moved house, others are souvenirs of travel. Chairs are generally too big to be an ideal travel souvenir – perhaps why there are not so many of these! These chairs come from Romania, the USA and Madagascar, as well as the possibly less exotic locations of Flackwell Heath and Thame in Oxfordshire. Even in this section some of the chairs were locally made, reflecting, as each section does, the importance of chair making locally.

Travels with My Chair - Mary Woodman, High Wycombe
"This chair came from Madagascar. It makes me smile whenever I look at it. I love its simplicity and elegance. It is simply two pieces of wood which slot together, ...
Travels with My Chair - Greta Paa-Kerner, Gerrards Cross
"This rocking chair is special to me because I bought it in the Amish country in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, USA when I was dating my future husband. We took a day ...
Travels with My Chair - Pippa Richardson, Hazlemere
"I took this picture of the chairs that we had sat in for a week in Rhodes- October 2020. I sat in the chair to the right, reflecting on this ...
Travels with My Chair - Christopher Lambourne, Thame
"These were Uncle Fred’s four dining chairs which I acquired after his death 40 years ago. He lived in Kitchener Road, High Wycombe and they have travelled with me to ...
Travels with My Chair - Sally Scagell, High Wycombe
"This is my Ercol rocking chair given to me on my 13th birthday, by my parents, for my newly decorated bedroom in Flackwell Heath. It has been moved 'from pillar ...
Travels with My Chair - Tom Baskerville, Downley
"This Windsor rocking chair belonged to my Grandfather, Dane Baskerville, who moved to High Wycombe from London to work for Parker Knoll in the 1950s, becoming Managing Director in the ...

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