1869 Post Office

Original directory available at Ancestry

WING (or Wenge) is a parish, 3 miles south-west from the London and North Western Railway station at Leighton Buzzard, in the hundred of Cottesloe, union and county court district of Leighton Buzzard, rural deanery of Mursley (second portion), archdeaconry of Buckingham, and diocese of Oxford. The church of All Saints is an ancient building, and was restored in 1850, under the superintendence of G. G. Scott, Esq. R.A.; it consists of nave, aisles, chancel, with tower and 6 bells, and appears to be of the 15th century, but there are remains of nearly every period of English Architecture; there are two or three Late Decorated windows in the chancel, and there are Early English, or lancet, windows both in the chancel and in the lower part of the tower; the tower and chancel arches with the sedilia and piscina are also of that period: it contains some handsome monuments of the Dormer family.

The register dates from the year 1546. The living is a vicarage, yearly value £400, with residence, in the gift of Lord Overstone, and held by the Rev. Peter Thomas Ouvry, M.A. of Trinity College, Cambridge. Here is a Parochial school for boys and girls, erected in 1850 by Lord Overstone; also almshouses, called Dormer’s Hospital, founded in 1562 by Dame Dorothy Pelham, for eight men and women, endowed by land and money payments. The other charities in the parish are those of William Robinson, a perpetual rent-charge on land at Burcot of £2 a year; Lady Carnarvon and William Hoare, arising from the rent of a field of six acres at Burcot, now let for £36 a year; William Dent, £59 New Three per Cent. Aunuities; the proceeds are distributed in clothing to the poor annually; Robert Shepherd, a rent charge of £5 16s. 8d. arising from land in the parish of Edlesborough, from which £1 a year is paid to the vicar for catechising the children, 10s. to the vicar of Leighton Buzzard for a sermon on Ascension-Day; the rest is distributed in penny loaves to twenty children, attending the church weekly; there is also the Fuel Allotment Charity, arising from £268 9s. 1d. consols, distributed annually in coals; and the Church Land Charity, which arises from the proceeds of the sale of about three acres of land in the parish of Mentmore; the dividends are paid to the churchwardens; a sum of £12 1s. 4d., arising from a charity at Wingrave, is also distributed among the poor, at the discretion of the trustees.

Lord Overstone, who is Lord of the manor, and Baron de Rothschild are the principal landowners. The soil is clay and gravel, subsoil, clay. The chief crops are hay, wheat and beans. The population in 1861 was 1,504; the area is 5,605 acres; rateable value,£9,600.

ASCOT is a hamlet, half a mile west. Lord Overstone, who is lord of the manor, Baron M de Rothschild and Frederick Straw, Esq., are the principal landowners.

BURCOT hamlet is one mile north. Lord Overstone, who is lord of the manor, and Fynes Clinton, Esq., are the principal landowners.

CRAFTON hamlet is 3 miles south. Baron M de Rothschild is lord of the manor and sole landowner.

LITTLEWORTH hamlet is half a mile north. Lord Overstone is lord of the manor and chief landowner.

Parish Clerk, John Windmill

Post Office – Richard Attwood, receiver. Letters arrive through Leighton Buzzard at 7.30am, dispatched at 6.25pm week days, 9am sundays. Leighton Buzzard is the nearest money order office.
Registrar of Births & Deaths for the District of Wing, William Mortimer
Parochial School (boys &, girls), Wing, James Cross, master, Infants, Miss Field, mistress


Heley Mr Thomas  
Heley William, esq  
Ouvry Rev. Peter Thos. M.A., J.P. vicar
Rothschild Baron Ferdinand de Wing cottage & 143 Piccadilly, London W
Webster Alexander Lowe, esq  


Attenborough Edwin farmer
Attwood Richard “Cock” & post office
Bandy William shopkeeper
Bedford Joseph boot & shoe maker
Biggs James farmer
Bolton William carpenter
Brown Thomas farrier
Capp Stephen grazier
Capp Thomas boot & shoe maker
Cleaver George shopkeeper
Coles Henry shopkeeper
Cook Chas. farm baliff to Wm. Cox, esq
Denchfield Levi machinist & ironfounder
Denchfield Seth “Royal Oak”
Dimmock Thomas carrier & coal dealer
Foster Henry & Thomas blacksmiths
Fountaine Bernard farmer
Gates John farmer & cattle dealer, Wing Park farm
Hardwick Joseph carpenter
Harris Richard miller & farmer, Wing mill, & brick, roof & floor tile & draining pipes manufacturer, Littleworth
Hedges Richard farmer
Heley Brothers maltsters & corn & cake merchants & farmers, Burcot
Hounslow Henry fruiterer & skin & fur dealer
Mallett Thomas baker
Mortimer William registrar of births & deaths for Wing district
Munday William shopkeeper
Newett John farm baliff to Mrs Jane Woodman, Church farm
Paine James farmer
Rickard Bernard bricklayer
Rogers Henry baker
Rogers Joseph “Dove”
Rose George farmer
Sale Thomas Ginger butcher
Sear Joseph bricklayer
Webster Alexander Lowe architect & local agent for Lord Overstone
Windmill Henry Charles “Queen’s Head”
Windmill John shopkeeper
Wipham Mary (Mrs) shopkeeper
Worster Thomas baker
Young John tailor


Brandon Joseph grazier & blacksmith
Hamerton Thomas bricklayer
Hart Philip farmer & auctioneer
Prentice Martha (Mrs) farmer
Straw Frederick grazier


Adams Miss  
Heley Mr James William  
Adams Henry Charles farmer
Biggs Edward farmer
Bone Joseph sheep dealer
Denchfield Hannah (Mrs) “Six Bells” & shopkeeper
Faulkner Joseph baker
Heley Brothers farmers, maltsters & corn & cake merchants, & at Wing
Jennings John shopkeeper
Smith Jane (Mrs) farmer
Vallentine Robert farmer, Burcott ldg


Collins Mary (Mrs) farmer
Markham Charles master of Baron Rothschild’s breeding stud establishment
Willison Ann (Mrs) farmer


Harris Richard brick, roof & floor tile & draining pipes manufacturer, & farmer & miller, Wing mill
Page William butcher
Sayell Edward beer retailer