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 1970s. It was made in Romania by a subsidiary company of Parker Knoll, given to my grandfather on one of his many visits there and brought back home to High Wycombe. We believe that Parker Knoll had bought Locks of London who had factories in Romania.

I have especially enjoyed sitting in this chair the last few months to watch Wycombe Wanderers play on TV, as fans have not been able to attend games during COVID. Because the chair is a rocking chair, it means I can sit on the edge of my seat as I watch with anticipation with my team playing in the Championship for the first time! I often think of my grandfather, also an avid Chairboys supporter, and the importance of chairmaking to my family, High Wycombe and to the early Wycombe Wanderers players – many of whose ‘day jobs’ in the amateur days were in chair making.”

Submitted by Tom Baskerville, Downley

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