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B. North and Sons

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West Wycombe, Bucks.

1864 Business established

1881 Exhibited at Furniture Exhibition at Agricultural Hall in London.

1890s Employed many of the villagers of West Wycombe

1890s Began making reproduction Chippendale and Sheraton-style furniture.

WWI Aircraft parts were made in the old factory

1930s The old factory was demolished.

1948/9 Moved to Piddington. Norths are said to have moved the factory because the local landowner, Dashwood, did not let them put machines in the factory as it would cause too much noise. The only land in the area not owned by Dashwood was a plot at Piddington.

An engine-generator supplied the factory and also supplied electricity to the village but only after dark; the engine also pumped water to a reservoir.

Had showroom on City Road.

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Sources of Information

  • Furniture Makers of High Wycombe [1]