The Hall's History

West Wycombe Village Hall was opened in 1960. It stands on the site of B North’s Furniture Factory, which was established in 1864. North’s employed many villagers from the 1890s onwards, and during the First World War produced parts for RFC/RAF aircraft.

Newspaper small ad for B North and Sons
An 1895 advertisement for B North & Sons.
Image: from Grace’s Guide to British Industrial History

In the late 1940s North’s decided to relocate to the nearby village of Piddington after Sir John Dashwood had refused them permission to install new machinery because of the noise it would have generated.

After North’s departure it was decided that a hall was needed to serve the needs of the village community, and local people raised money towards its construction by holding fundraising dances and other events in an old building sited on the Pedestal Field.

Sir Francis Dashwood, the 11th Baronet, ran a competition for an architect to design the hall; the winner was a resident of West Wycombe, Col Lesslie Watson MBE, an architect who went on to design ‘Silver Birches’, the house opposite the Hell-Fire Caves, and to help establish West Wycombe Parish Council.

The foundation stone was laid in 1960 by the then MP for High Wycombe, Sir John Hall, and the Hall was opened soon after.

West Wycombe Community Association was set up in order to run the hall; it owns and manages the hall and its committee members are Trustees of the Village Hall.