High Wycombe, or simply Wycombe, has had a long and remarkable past: the Royal military academy was founded in the town in the late eighteenth century before moving to Sandhurst; Charles I passed through on his way to the scaffold in 1649; and Benjamin Disraeli, MP for the town between 1874 and 1880, made his first political speech from a portico in the high street. Beneath the main high street is a honeycomb network of secret tunnels, originally thought to serve some clandestine purpose but in fact used by the brewery to transport beer to the many pubs throughout Wycombe as it was easier than negotiating the crowded streets. Nearby is the village of Penn, the ancestral home of William Penn, founder of the city of Philadelphia and from whom the state of Pennsylvania takes its name. His sons lie buried in the churchyard. Bizarrely, the same churchyard contains the graves of David Blakeley, murdered by Ruth Ellis, the last woman to be hanged in Britain, and the infamous Soviet spy, Donald Maclean.
In Secret High Wycombe, local author Eddie Brazil delves beneath the surface of this Buckinghamshire market town, revealing a lesser-known past that even most local people don't know.
Eddie was born in Dublin and later raised in London. He had his first paranormal experience, aged ten, at his family home in London. This encounter led him down the path of Psychical research and the study of Borley Rectory. He has travelled extensively investigating haunted sites. He has lectured on ghosts and recently appeared on television to discuss the life of psychic investigator, Harry Price. His other interests are church architecture, exploring battlefields, steam railways and playing guitar in a rock band. In 1983 he wrote the theme music to the film,"Expresso Slasho". His is a photographer and has shot pictures for a number of books and periodicals on the paranormal and local history. He is married and lives with his wife and daughter in Buckinghamshire.