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 standard of living has improved, and with it the standard of health. Or, rather, the medical issues encountered in Wing today are more likely to be caused by old age or life choices than by living conditions.

Death certificates didn’t exist until 1 July 1837, and even then the cause of death may not have been known or as thoroughly investigated as it is today. Before that date, we are dependent on those filling out the parish registers to record a cause of death which may help us identify particular health issues. This wasn’t recorded as a matter of course, but if there was something noteworthy about the death it may have been so noted. Anything particularly infectious was feared and therefore likely to be commented on. This anecdotal rather than comprehensive information does make it difficult to draw any conclusions about common medical issues affecting the past residents of Wing.

Hospitals and Healers

Charlotte Cottage, a cottage hospital, was built in Leighton Road by the Rothschilds in the 1884. Before that, there was no formal medical care in Wing and the nearest doctor would have been at Leighton Buzzard. Wing’s first official resident doctor, Dr Alfred Leigh CHIGNELL, arrived in Wing by 1899 and is listed in directories …

Illnesses

Read more about various infectious diseases that affected Wing, general illnesses, and childbirth.

Accidents

There are a number of deaths that are recorded as being an immediate result of an accident: John BOLTON, aged 12, was believed to have fallen from one of the horses pulling a manure cart on the farm of George Rose at Tinkershole, and was then run over by the cart which crushed him to …

Mental Health

I’m aware of the following Wing-born patients who spent time at the Buckinghamshire County Asylum in Stone, either because they were resident there at census time, were recorded as a resident when being buried in Wing, or via some other means as noted: William CUTLER b.1830s (1881 and 1891 census) Mary Ann CUTLER b.1840 (buried …