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West Wycombe, Buckinghamshire

West Wycombe is an area located just north of High Wycombe in the United Kingdom and is the home of the West Wycombe Caves. The caves were a natural formation which was excavated in the 1750s by Sir Francis Dashwood[?] to give work to the local community and to provide him with a location for members of the secretive Hellfire Club to meet.

The 13th century church with its golden ball is a well-known landmark, visible for many miles due its hilltop location, dominating the village which was created by Sir Francis Dashwood. The hill is known as West Wycombe Hill and was an Iron Age hill fort. Also situated on the hill is the Dashwood Mausoleum.

The town of West Wycombe is home to West Wycombe Park, a stately home accompanied by 5000 acres of land which was built upon in the mid 18th century by Sir Francis Dashwood, founder of the Dilettanti Society and the Hellfire Club.

West Wycombe town was purchased the National Trust in 1929. There are many buildings of architectural value which were built between the 16th and 18th centuries.



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