1863 Dutton & Allen

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WING (or Wenge) is a parish containing the hamlets of Ascott, Burcott, Cottesloe, and Crafton, in the hundred of Cottesloe, union of Leighton Buzzard, from which town it is situate 4 miles S.W. According to Tanner, the church and other lands were given by the Empress Matilda to the Monastery of St Nicholas at Angiers in France, from whence a cell of Benedictine Monks settled at a hamlet, since called Ascott, in this parish. After the Parliament had dissolved the alien priories, by 4th Henry V., this was granted to the Prioress and Nuns de Pratis, near St Albans, which was suppressed by Cardinal Wolsey, in order to be annexed to his commendatory Abbey of St Alban, but he afterwards obtained a grant of it for himself. Upon his attainder this manor and rectory were given, 23rd Henry VIII., to John Pen, and by the 35th Henry VIII. were granted, as parcel of the late Abbey of St Alban, to Sir John Dormer. The Manor has been said to have once belonged to the Hampdens, but this is highly improbable.

The church is a curious ancient structure, of various styles of architecture. The arcades between the aisles and nave are Norman, the chancel is a polygonal apse with a crypt beneath. There are some fine monuments of the Dormers, once lords of the manor. Sir Robert Dormer’s effigy, date 1575, is in gilt armour; a brass of 1648 is inscribed to “Old Thomas Cotes, sometime porter at Ascott Hall”. The living is a vicarage, annual value about £350, in the gift of Lord Overstone; the Rev. Peter Thomas Ouvry, M.A., incumbent.

A National School for boys and girls was erected in 1850 by Lord Overstone. Almshouses for eight poor persons was founded in 1596 and endowed by Lady Pelham, and afterwards by Sir William Stanhope. The parish comprises an area of 5310 acres; population in 1861, 1504.

Wing
Hart Rev John, M.A. 
Ouvry Rev Peter Thos. M.A.vicar
Massey Oliver, esq. 
Welburn Rev. Dale Johncurate
Attwood Richard“Cock Inn”
Bedford Josephboot & shoe maker
Bolton Williamcarpenter
Brown Thosveterinary surgeon
Capp Thosboot & shoe maker
Cleaver Georgeshopkeeper
Coles Henryshopkeeper
Denchfield Georgecarpenter
Denchfield Levicarpenter
Dollimer Johnshopkeeper
Foster Henry & Thomasblacksmiths
Fountain Richardfarmer, Wing Berry
Ginger Thomasbutcher
Hardwick Josephcarpenter
Harris Richd.miller & farmer
Heley Wmfarmer & maltster
Mallett Thomasbaker
Mortimer Williamregistrar of births & deaths for the Wing
district
Munday Williamshopkeeper
Paine Jasfarmer, Wing Berry
Rogers Henrybaker
Rogers Joseph“Dove Inn”
Randall Davidtailor
Smith Thomashorse dealer
Webster Alexanderbaliff to Right Hon. Lord Overstone
Windmill Henry Chas“Queen’s Head”
Windmill Johnshopkeeper
Worster Thomasbaker
Young Johntailor
Ascott
Stevens Alfred, esq 
Brandon Josephfarmer & blacksmith
Gates Johnfarmer
Gates John“Royal Oak”
Hart Thomas & Sonsfarmers and auctioneers
Prentice Martha (Mrs)farmer
Burcott
Adams Henry Charlesfarmer
Biggs Edwardfarmer
Bone Josephfarmer and dealer
Denchfield Hannah (Mrs)“Six Bells”
Faulkner Josephbaker
Heley Thomasfarmer
Smith Jane (Mrs)farmer
Valentine Robertfarmer
Cottesloe
Cook Charlesfarmer
Hedges Richdfarmer
Rose Geo.farmer, Tinker’s hole
Crafton
Collins Johnfarmer
Markham –stud-groom to Baron Rothschild
Willison Robertfarmer
Littleworth
Dimmock Williamcarpenter
Page Williambutcher
Rickard Bernalbricklayer
Rogers Edmundbutcher & beer retailer

Letters may be posted at Wing, but are received and dispatched
through Leighton Buzzard.

Registrar of Births and Deaths for the District of Wing,
William Mortimer, Wing
Parish Clerk, John Windmill
Places of Worship:-
Church, Rev Peter Thomas Ouvry, incumbent
Methodist Chapel, ministers various
Primitive Methodist Chapel, ministers various
Baptist Chapel, Littleworth, ministers various