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Wycombe District
Municipal Offices, Queen Victoria Road, High Wycombe: Council headquarters
Wycombe shown within Buckinghamshire
Wycombe shown within Buckinghamshire
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Constituent countryEngland
RegionSouth East England
Non-metropolitan countyBuckinghamshire
StatusNon-metropolitan district
Admin HQHigh Wycombe
Incorporated1 April 1974
 • TypeNon-metropolitan district council
 • BodyWycombe District Council
 • LeadershipLeader & Cabinet ( )
 • MPsSteve Baker
Greg Smith
Joy Morrissey
Rob Butler
 • Total125.32 sq mi (324.57 km2)
 • Total65,800
 • Density530/sq mi (200/km2)
 • Ethnicity
86.8% White
7.9% S.Asian
2.6% Black British
1.8% Mixed Race
Time zoneUTC0 (GMT)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+1 (BST)
ONS code11UC (ONS)
E07000007 (GSS)
OS grid referenceSU867929

Wycombe District /ˈwɪkəm/ was a local government district in Buckinghamshire in south-central England. Its council was based in the town of High Wycombe. The district was abolished on 31 March 2020 and its area is now administered by the unitary Buckinghamshire Council. It had introduced locality budgets before October 2013.[1]


The district's name was drawn from the Barony of Wycombe which was originally given to Thomas Gilbert, in 1171.[2][unreliable source?] The district was formed on 1 April 1974, under the Local Government Act 1972, by the merger of the Municipal Borough of High Wycombe with Marlow Urban District and Wycombe Rural District.

Constituent parts

The Wycombe District Council area comprised:

Civil parishes

Main article: list of civil parishes in Wycombe

There were 28 civil parishes including 2 where a Parish Meeting is held in lieu of a Parish Council.

Sports clubs

High Wycombe is home to Wycombe Wanderers F.C.; within the district's boundaries are the homes of Marlow F.C., Marlow United F.C., Risborough Rangers F.C. and Marlow Rugby Union Football Club.

Council affiliation

Wycombe District Council
Non-Metropolitan District
Leader of the Council
Cllr Katrina Wood, Conservative
Deputy Leader of the Council
Cllr Dominic Barnes, Conservative
Seats60 seats
Political groups
  Conservative (49)
Other parties
  Labour (6)
  East Wycombe Independent Party (3)
  Liberal Democrats (1)
  Independent (1)
Length of term
4 years
Last election
7 May 2015
Next election
7 May 2021 (as part of Buckinghamshire Council)

Following the local elections in May 2015, the council comprises the following:[3]

Party Number of councillors
Conservative 49
Labour 6
East Wycombe Independent Party 3
Liberal Democrats 1
Independent 1


The district was bisected by the M40, with a major junction with the A404 at High Wycombe. The A404 connects Marlow and Wycombe within the district. The main railway line through the district, the Chiltern Main Line has major stations at High Wycombe and Princes Risborough. The Marlow Branch Line and Princes Risborough line also provide commuter services.


  1. ^ Mallet, Keith (2013). Briefing Note – Ward Budgets (PDF). Dorset Council. Retrieved 4 March 2022.
  2. ^ Manorial Counsel
  3. ^ "Meetings, agendas, and minutes". 14 September 2018.

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