High Wycombe Local Customs

  • Mayor-Making Ceremony 2011
    Mayor-Making Ceremony 2011
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  • Crowds assemble for the annual mayor-weighing
    Crowds assemble for the annual...
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  • Weighing of incoming mayor, 2011
    Weighing of incoming mayor, 2011
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    Weighing the Mayor

    by SallyM Updated Mar 21, 2015

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    On the third Saturday of May, the incoming and outgoing Mayors, along with the Mayoresses (or Mayors' consorts) are weighed at a public ceremony in the town centre. Wycombe is the only town in the country to have this custom. It is believed to date back to medieval times, but the custom died out and was revived in the nineteenth century at the suggestion of one of the town's Aldermen, C H Hunt.

    The idea is to see whether the Mayor has gained weight at the taxpayers' expense during their year of office. The first modern ceremony was held in 1893 at the then weights and measures office in Paul's Row. The mayor at that time was one Cllr Edgerley, who weighed in at 18 stones 11 pounds, setting a record that took some years to beat.

    The ceremony subsequently moved from the weights and measures office to the open space by the Guildhall, becoming a public performance. A tradition of cheering those who have lost weight and jeering at those who have gained weight developed. Nowadays the outgoing Mayor often goes on a crash diet during April, hoping to avoid the dreaded words "and some more!" followed by boos and jeers from the crowd.

    The ceremony is now held on a Saturday morning, with sidestalls and other entertainment as well.

    Mayor-Making Ceremony 2011 Weighing of incoming mayor, 2011 Crowds assemble for the annual mayor-weighing
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    The Library

    by taryn_treloar Written Dec 16, 2003

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    One of the first things I did when I arrived in Wycombe was get a Library card. They have access to computers and Internet, as well as a wide selection of cheap movies you can borrow. (I think its around 1.50 pound)

    The selection of books is adequate, and there are archives available to read through on the upper level of the Library.

    OPENING HOURS (except public holidays)
    Monday 9.30am - 8.00pm
    Tuesday 9.30am - 5.30pm
    Wednesday 9.30am - 5.00pm
    Thursday 9.30am - 8.00pm
    Friday 9.30am - 5.30pm
    Saturday 9.30am - 4.00pm
    Sunday Closed
    Public Holidays Closed

    The Library

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    WINE & more WINE

    by taryn_treloar Written Feb 14, 2004

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    Wine and alcohol is a big part of the English cuture....so whenever there was a school party the Gaps would make the most of the free wine...

    Wouldn't you?

    Paul(teacher) & Esther

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