1939 Kellys

WING (or Wenge) is a parish and large village, 3 miles south-west from Leighton Buzzard station on the main line of the London, Midland and Scottish railway: it is the head of a rural district, in the Buckingham division of the county, hundred of Cottesloe, petty sessional division of Linslade, county court district of Bletchley and Leighton Buzzard, rural deanery of Ivinghoe, archdeaconry of Buckingham and diocese of Oxford. In former days Wing was a place of some importance; in the year 1255 a charter was granted to Peter de Warren by Henry III for a market every Thursday and a fair for three days at Michaelmas. Gas and electricity are available. Water is supplied by the Wing Rural District Council.

The church of All Saints is an edifice of stone in mixed styles, consisting of apsidal chancel, clerestoried nave aisles, north and south porches and an embattled western tower (restored in 1925) containing a clock and 6 bells: the church dates from the 10th century, according to the Histori[c]al Monuments Commissioners: the most interesting feature in the church is its apsidal polygonal chancel, which is considerably elevated above the nave, and has beneath it a crypt of rude construction about eight feet in height: an arcade runs round the outside of the apse: the windows are much later: the nave has arcades of massive arches dividing it from the aisles, and the three westernmost are Saxon, the eastern, Early English: there are some good Early Decorated windows and a north doorway of that period, but the tower, font and south porch are Perpendicular; the base of a Norman font may be seen in the south porch: the rood screen has been partially restored: there is another screen in the south aisle.

There are monuments to the family of Fynes, from 1686 to 1758, including one to Henry Fynes esq. said to be the work of Roubiliac, and several costly memorials to the Dormers ranging from 1552 to 1695; these include in the north aisle a fine Palladian altar tomb and canopy to Sir Robert Dormer kt. ob. 1552, around which, until 1850, was a large pew with baluster screen; in the chancel a fine altar tomb of marble, with kneeling effigies and Corinthian columns supporting a cornice with a shield of arms, to Sir Robert Dormer kt. ob. 1616, and Elizabeth his wife; opposite is another altar tomb with recumbent effigies of marble, partly gilt, under a canopy, supported by columns of Sicilian jasper, with marble caps and adorned with five shields of arms, to Sir William Dormer K.B. ob. 17 May, 1575, and Dorothy (Catesby), his second wife, and below these are figures of children: there are also brasses to Harry Blacknall, 1460, and Agnes, his wife, 1489 and others; John Theede, 1622; and Thomas Cotes, “porter at Ascott Hall,” 1648, who is represented by a kneeling effigy, with staff lying at his feet, and a high crowned hat and key behind him; and in the church are also memorials to the families of Redman, 1699-1729; and Bell, 1721-38; to Mrs. Bridgett Neale, 1677; William Theed, gent. 1757: the church was completely restored in 1850 and again in 1893: in 1904 the chapel of St. Catherine in the south aisle was restored in memory of Mr. Charles Cotes J.P. of Burcott, and is used for daily service: the church affords 300 sittings: in the churchyard are remains of a stone cross: the lychgate was erected in the memory of Rev. F.H. Tatham M.A. vicar 1890-1918.

The register dates from the year 1546, and is perfect from that date; there is also an ancient book of churchwardens’ accounts with an inventory of church goods, 1527. The living is a vicarage, net yearly value £308, with 225 acres of glebe and residence, in the gift of the Bishop of Oxford, and held since 1932 by the Rev. Ernest Crane, who is also rector of Grove. The Methodist chapel, built in 1864, will seat 350 persons; and the Methodist chapel, built in 1847, has 200 sittings. A Hall was erected in 1905, at a cost of about £2,000, in memory of the late Mr. Charles Cotes. In 1914 additional rooms were built by Mrs Sassoon in memory of Mr A Sassoon, and now used as a village club, in connection with which is a village lending library, in memory of Major Evelyn de Rothschild.

Dormer’s Hospital, founded in 1569 by Dame Dorothy Pelham, for eight men and women, is endowed with land and money invested in Consols, producing a total gross income of about £110 yearly. William Robinson’s charity of £2 a year is for clothing; Lady Carnarvon and William Hoare’s charity, arising from the rent of a field of about six acres at Burcott, now let for £10a year, is for clothing and blankets; William Dent’s of £59 in Consols, is distributed in clothing; Robert Shepherd’s, a rent-charge of £3 3s. 4d. arising from land in the parish of Edlesborough is distributed in penny loaves to seventeen children attending the church weekly; there is also the Fuel Allotment Charity, consisting of about £7 a year, arising from £268 9s. 1d. £2¾ per Cent. Consols and distributed annually in coals; the Church Land Charity, of about £268 in Consols, derived from the sale of about three acres of land in the parish of Mentmore, which yields about £7 yearly, devoted to the maintenance of the fabric, and a sum of about £12 arising from Pratt’s charity at Wingrave, which is distributed amongst the poor at the discretion of the trustees. Miss Louise Mudie, lady superintendent.

The Earl of Rosebery D.S.O., M.C., M.F.H. and Anthony Gustav de Rothschild esp. are the principal landowners of Wing proper. The soil is various, clay, sand, gravel and loam; subsoil, clay. The crops are hay, wheat, beans, barley, oats and roots. The area is 5,698 acres of land and 5 of water; the population in 1931 was 1,415.

BURCOTT is a hamlet about 1 mile north. Buckinghamshire County Council are the principal landowners.

CRAFTON is a hamlet 2 miles south, and has a Methodist chapel, built in 1889. The Earl of Rosebery D.S.O., M.C., M.F.H. is the principal landowner, he has a breeding stud here.

LITTLEWORTH is a hamlet half a mile north, and has a Congregational Union chapel, built in 1854 and rebuilt in 1871, with 150 sittings.

ASCOTT is a hamlet half a mile east. Ascott, the residence of Anthony Gustav de Rothschild esq. is a Jacobean structure of brick and timber, dating from 1600, and was originally a farm house, but was restored and enlarged about 1874, and again in 1880, 1887, 1893 and 1911; in 1939 it was entirely reconstructed and is now a considerable mansion. The kennels are now occupied by the Whaddon Chase Hunt; the Earl of Rosebery D.S.O., M.C. is master: the pack comprises 35 couples of foxhounds, and hunts on Tuesdays and Saturdays and bye days up to Christmas; Aylesbury, Winslow, Bletchley and Leighton Buzzard are convenient centres: Leighton Buzzard, 2 miles distant, is the nearest railway station to the kennels. The old Hall, which stood in Wing park, has now wholly disappeared, but some traces of the fish ponds, bowling green and moat still remain. In the latter part of the 12th century there existed here a cell of Benedictine monks founded by the Empress Maud, and attached to the Abbey of St. Nicholas of Angers; it was afterwards granted by Henry V. to the priory of St. Mary de la Pre, near St. Albans, and subsequently at the Reformation passed into the hands of the Dormer family.

COTTESLOE is a hamlet in this parish.

Post, M.O. & T. Office. Letters through Leighton Buzzard (Beds).

Meets at the Council offices, Linslade, every first and third tuesday at 10.30 a.m. The parishes in the district are:- Aston Abbots, Cheddington, Cublington, Edlesborough, Great Brickhill, Grove, Ivinghoe, Marsworth, Mentmore, Pitstone, Slapton, Soulbury, Stoke Hammond, Wing & Wingrave. The area is 36,458 acres; the population in 1931 was 6,837.

Chairman, Geo. Henry Southall, The Tollgate, Wing
Clerk, M. C. Clifford, Council offices, Linslade
Treasurers, Barclays Bank Ltd, Leighton Buzzard
Medical Officer of Health, William Holberton Square L.R.C.P & S.Edin Leighton Buzzard
Sanitary Inspector & Surveyor, W. E. Thompson P.A.S.I., A.R.San.I., M.G.I.A., Linslade, Leighton Buzzard

Conveyance – Motor omnibuses pass through the village to & from Leighton Buzzard, Winslow & Aylesbury

Police Station


Private Residents
(For T-Ns see general list of Private Residents at end of book [added in below)

Chapman Mrs Wantage House
Crane Rev. Ernest William Vicar, Vicarage
Dunkerley Mrs The Old House [T N 46]
Grant Alan Hamilton Charlotte cott [T N 261]
Gurney Misses Sunnyside
Harris Mrs Hedley Rothschild cottage, Vicarage Lane [T N 33]
Heley Arthur Somes Fairview
Henry Lady The Gate house
Merry Maj. William Haslam High Meadows [T N 50]
Merry Arthur Walker Moor hills [T N 10]
Southall George Henry The Tollgate [T N 23]
Tatham Misses Dormers [T N 16]
Thompson Eric C.O. The Cottage [T N 49]
Walker Francis J. Leighton road [T N 30]
White Chas. Percy Warwick house [T N 59]
Woodman Arthur Vere  

Wing Commercial
Marked thus o farm 150 acres or over

Ascott Estate Office Jn. R.T. Tarver J.P., agt, Eric C.O. Thompson, subagent T N Leighton Buzzard 3132
Bandy Hy. Chas. Marlow Leighton rd. T N 57
Beeson Wltr boot repr
Bone William shopkeeper
Bonham Wm. Geo. baker
Carter Lionel farmer, Waterloo frm
Carter Percy carter
Chappell Edwd. farmer, Red House fm
Cleaver Ernest Geo. Thos. grocer & sub-postmaster T N 39
Cock Hotel Archbld. Jn. Johnson, T N 14
o Coleman Bros. farmers, North Cottesloe
Corkett Edwd. blacksmith
Cutler Harold boot repr
Denchfield Ernest wheelwright
Dollimore Edwd. Geo. coal mer. T N 5
Dove Inn Rt. Geo. Obsborn
Evans Wm. Ernest baker, Vicarage la
o Fountaine Bernard Whitehall farmer, Low. Wingbury T N 13
Gates Roy insur. Agt. Avondale, Rothschild rd
Grant Alan Hamilton M.R.C.S. L.R.C.P. physcn. & surgn. Charlotte cott. T N 261
Green W. & Sons dairymen T N 26
Green Walter John builder
Heading Horace watch repr
Lawrence Jas. farmer
Leetham Claude Rt. horse breeder, Cottesloe stud T N 28
Leighton Buzzard Co-operative Society Ltd  
Lovell Louie (Miss) shopkpr
o Manning William F. farmer, West Park farm T N Aston Abbotts 7
Maynard Geo. motor car hirer, Brookleigh, High st. T N 6
o Morris Wm frmr, Wing pk TN6
Mortimer Louis battery charger
Oakley Christphr. butcher
Page Arth. corn mer. Church rd T N 7
Page Frank butcher
Page Jsph farmer, Oxley’s farm
Pantling J.C & Son (J.E. Pantling, proprietor) cycle agents, petrol service station
Pease Benj. boot repr
Piper Sydney Wofforne genl draper
Pitchford Edward bricklayer
Pretty Sydney shopkpr. Rothschild rd. T N 18
Queens’ Head P.H. Harry T. W. Wheeler, teas and refreshments
Randall Bert shopkpr
Randall Fred seed fctr
Randall Joseph chimney sweeper
Redrup Norman Jn. house decrtr
Roadnight Wm. shopkpr
Roberts Harry Christophr bldr. Rothschild rd
Roger Frank hairdrssr
Roper Hy. Kenneth hairdrssr
Syratt Herbt. Lionel farmer, Waterloo farm
o Tayler Geo. Bernard farmer, Upper Wingbury. T N 27
Tuckwell Sarah Maria (Mrs.) shopkpr
Underwood E. jun. smith
Village Hall & Club F.D. Wood, hon. sec
Warren Lewis farmer, Old Park farm T N 19
Westbrook Wltr shopkpr High st
White Albt. greengro
Whitman Helen (Mrs.) shopkpr
Wilson Ted horse breaker, High st. T N 35


Buchanan John Nevile D.S.O., M.C., Ascott lodge [T N Wing 21]
Rothschild Anthony Gustav de Ascott [T N 2278]
Tarver John R.T. J.P. Low. Ascott [T N 2196]
Woodward Frank Lionel. The Kennels [T N 3128]

Marked thus o farm 150 acres or over

Bond Stanley head gardener to Anthony Gustav de Rothschild esq
Edgar John clerk of works to Anthony Gustav de Rothschild C.B.E.
Tarver Jn. R. T. J.P. agt. to Ascott estate. T N Leighton Buzzard 2196
o Watson Wltr. E. farm bailiff to Anthony Gustav de Rothschild esq. Ascott farm T N Wing 11
Woodward Frank Lionel huntsman to the Whaddon Chase. T N Leighton Buzzard 3126


Field Henry Hatton Burcott house [T N Wing 45]
Gurney John  
Southern Walter Duckett Burcott cot [T N Wing 9]
Tabor Mrs Burcott lodge [T N Wing 53]

Marked thus o farm 150 acres or over

Clarke Wltr. carter
Lawrence Saml. smallholder, Burcott Hall farm
Roberts Morris farmer, Mount Pleasant farm
Tims Thos. Edwd. smallholder
Winter Bernard Bradbury farmer, Burcott lodge. Wing 17


King Wm. farmer
Ward Wm. stud groom to Earl of Rosebery’s stud farm. Wing 36
Whittenbury Jasper gamekeeper to Earl of Rosebery D.S.O., M.C., M.F.H.


Faulkner Lawrence B. brick maker
Page J.W. (Harry Page, propr) butcher. Wing 8
Randall Winifred (Miss) shopkpr
Sportsman’s Arms P.H. Ernest J Pattenden