Digging the tunnel |
(picture from SWOP website)
White House Farm
Six navvies died in a tunnel collapse in 1902, preparing the land for the new Marylebone to Wycombe railway line. A dip in the land in the fields above can still
be seen to this day. The bodies of the six men were initially taken to the Mother Red Cap pub for an inquest into their deaths and then five of the coffins were taken
as part of a large funeral cortege to Wycombe for a church service and, later, a mass burial at High Wycombe Cemetery. The sixth body, that of local man Harry Morton, was carried out in a family
ceremony a couple of days later. The large white column (broken at its top to denote life cut short) can be easily spotted in the cemetery today.
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