Explorations

Come with me on an exploration of various aspects of Wing.

Before 1546

So, you’re fortunate enough to have solidly traced your line back to the beginning of the Wing parish records – congratulations! Now what? Below are some suggestions that might be useful. A Very Brief Historical Background The War of the Roses, which took place from 1455 to 1487, could be considered the crossover point between …

Crime

Like any place, there was the odd inhabitant of Wing that ended up on the wrong side of the law from time to time. Here are some of those people. If you have any more information about any of these cases or individuals, please let me know. If you think your ancestors were more inclined …

Families

Completing reconstructions of each family in Wing will likely be the very last thing I get to. Nonetheless, I do have profiles of a few families and Wing citizens.

Health

The medical issues encountered by the people of Wing would likely have been no different to those experienced in other surrounding rural villages. Significant advances have been made in the knowledge of disease and how to prevent it or minimise its impact, but our ancestors did not yet have the benefit of this knowledge. The …

Industries

The majority of people in Wing worked in occupations that you might expect of a large rural village – plenty of farmers and ag labs and the usual assortment of tradesmen needed to supply the village’s needs. I’ll be preparing overviews of each of those occupational groups, as well as other industries found in Wing. …

Leisure

Leisure time may have been rare, particularly around key agricultural times, but the residents of Wing did get up to the following:

Migration

Need to know where your Wing people moved on to, or where they came from before mysteriously materialising in Wing? Here’s some suggestions of where to start looking for them. If you’ve lost track of your Wing folk in the late 1800s or 1900s, they most likely headed for London. The Rothschild family employed many …

Military

In this section I have recorded the names of all those Wing men serving in the armed forces of any kind that I have located in any records (it does not yet represent a complete listing). These have been split off into the different eras based on when they served. I’ve included brief service details …

Miscellany

Most recently added entries appear at the top of this page. Dates prior to March 25th in each year before 1752 likely follow the old-style Julian calendar year but may have been converted to the new-style Gregorian calendar year. You should check the underlying record yourself to confirm the correct year. Thomas JAKEMAN of Wing …

Religion

As well as All Saints Church there were several other chapels and denominations in Wing over time. Where did your family worship?